Discovering Meals When It Snows
Written by Bob Sundstrom
That is BirdNote.
The solar reflecting on contemporary snow brightens up a grey winter scene. However this panorama presents a problem for birds, as a result of the bottom the place they discovered meals earlier than the snowfall is now lined up. How will they forage and get sufficient to eat?
Digging by a number of inches of snow isn’t an choice for juncos or sparrows, and even bigger birds like cardinals.
[Dark-eyed Junco call, ML 104829901, 0.01-.04]
However birds are resourceful — they’ll flit beneath bushes the place snow
doesn’t cowl the bottom and search the leaf litter for seeds and bugs.
Finches and chickadees peck at seed heads of backyard crops and weeds that stick out above the snow. And berry bushes like hawthorns will nonetheless have dried fruit hooked up, attracting waxwings and robins.
[American Robin call, ML 207353601, 0:23-0:24]
Nuthatches and woodpeckers cling to bushes as they seek for dormant bugs and larvae hiding throughout the bark.
[White-breasted Nuthatch, ML 77256, 0:06-0:08]
Winter circumstances imply greater mortality in birds. However they’re tailored to look broadly for meals sources, even when snow blankets their world.
[Tufted Titmouse call, ML 110375, 0.16-.18]
And we may also help birds by preserving these meals sources in thoughts when gardening and by sustaining our greenspaces within the snowy months.
For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.
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Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Darkish-eyed Junco ML104829901 recorded by J. Holmes, White-breasted Nuthatch ML77256 recorded by W. Hershberger, and Tufted Titmouse ML 110375 recorded by W. Hershberger.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote February 2022 Narrator: Michael Stein
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