“Last week was bitter cold and the birds were crazy at the feeders. This week is warm and sunny and there are no birds in sight. What’s going on?” Birds need calories to stay warm. They get their calories from food for which they are constantly foraging. The feeders in our yards are a supplement
If water sources are frozen, it can be very difficult for birds to find a drink. They may have to travel a long way to an open source or resort to eating snow (if there is any). Birds need drinking water to maintain a healthy metabolism to stay warm and hydrated. They need it for
Have you ever seen juncos fan their tails at one another? What about lunging at each other? Juncos definitely have a dominance hierarchy (kind of like a pecking order) in their winter flocks. You can often observe individuals challenging the status of others with aggressive displays of tail fanning and lunges. So, who’s in charge?