Skip to comments.Bird Report in Your Area; Sightings, Activity & Survival during Polar Vortex [Vanity]
Posted on 01/07/2014 10:48:03 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
How are birds in your area dealing with the cold weather? Any sightings or interesting stories worth sharing here?
There are reports of Arctic birds coming down into North America, including parts of the United States during this 'polar vortex'.. Any sightings?
Some birds flee the cold areas for warmer climates, and some stay and endure it by hiding in sheltered areas such as hollow or thick trees in groups.
If you have the means to set food out for birds, finding food is more of a problem for them during cold temperatures than enduring the temperature is.
Plenty of action at the feeder, cardinals etc. (Indiana)
One little Junco bit the dust and one of my Golden Rets proudly brought it to the door.
They’ve eaten about 10 lbs of food from 3 feeders and 4 suet cakes in the last 3 days.
Ducks are still swimming in the flowing river.
All of our birds have died. It’s that cold! We’re all gonna die.
Lots of activity at the feeders with birds AND NO SQUIRRELS!
You think the Junco froze to death?
They’re flying sideways, but other than that, all is normal in the Vampire State.
Busy little birds in my fenced in back yard. Just threw some BOSS on the sidewalk for them.
They didn’t touch the chicken scratch I put out for them yesterday.
I don’t have any conventional birdseed, just what I give my chickens for treats.
I saw sparrows digging through the snow to get down into the juniper bushes yesterday.
Kind of amazing that such tiny animals can survive in this kind of cold. I know mice and voles are also active under the snow.
Just curious, what is the normal consumption rate?
Quite possible. It was at the base of the feeder on the ground this morning. Temp was -12F, not as windy as yesterday.
There is currently a snowy owl ‘irruption’ with one snowy seen as far south as FL this year. Birdwatchers are very excited to have these gorgeous birds in their areas. Here is a link to a good article and a beautiful video on snowy owls .... enjoy!
I had frozen duck just last week! (but it was from my freezer)
I have Wrens, Blue Jays, Sparrows and an unknown brown peckerwood at my window right now, busily trying to consume the dog food leftover from my putting out food for the raccoon family who has adopted me but failed to show last night when it was wind chill of 20 below zero. oops, there comes a cardinal to join the party! The Blue Jays sit on the plant stand and look in, as if to say, ‘Hey, why don’t you do this more often, bub?’
Awesome pic. The frozen tundra...
No that was especially heavy feeding. Not so much yesterday with all the wind but they were definitely preparing for it the day before.
Cardinals are busy at my feeder here in eastern Missouri. Having fresh water in my heated birdbath is a big draw when everything else is frozen.
I love watching that kind of weather but I don’t want to be out in it.
As Al Gore would say, birds “know..”. They just know.. And who knew that dogs point along the Earth’s magnetic field when defecating? LOL Interesting stuff!
“Heated bird bath”.. You’re like the one person on the street who gave out entire candy bars on Halloween. LOL Awesome.
We have/feed lots of birds all year and I have discovered a new (to me) bird food.
It is safflower seed and the squirrels don't like it/won't eat it. I like squirrels but they were eating most of the black oil seeds I put in my feeders.
The squirrels still come into my yard, they just don't go to the bird feeders anymore. YEA!
One Whooping Crane and a Caracara.
On the Seminole Rez on saturday!
This week I'm really only seeing grackles and crows or ravens - they are black, flying in groups, stopping in my trees, then moving on.
Nyjer/Niger seed is a HUGE hit with the gold finches. I think that’s the seed for putting inside of the hanging food socks. Gold finches go crazy for that but I guess the sock would freeze in some parts!!!
I have had this heater for over ten years. Simple element with plastic thermostat keeps water just above freezing. The birds congregate here for it and the squirrel proof feeder.
I only hand out miniature candy bars for Halloween but I let them take several. LOL
Seeing a Cardinal (not the baseball player) in person is on my bucket list. Beautiful bird.
Forty-two dead loons in Boston housing projects.
Oh, sorry, those are people not birds.
I gave the weather my own “bird” report. -10F in northeast Ohio this morning (-38 WC).
I love seeing the cardinals against the snow, especially the males sitting in the branches watching over the females feeding on the scattered feed.
I’m in NC, it was near zero last night. I have a couple of chickens that slept about halfway up a leaf-less oak tree last night. I was worried about them but they were fine. I gave them plenty of corn because it’s suppose to raise their body temps. I really need to finish building their coup!
don’t know about birds but my smart dog faces magnetic north when pooping, and my stupid dog faces the opposite direction
do you think it’s a sign?
You pinch the seed to see if any oil comes out. Thanks, Google. LOL
Birds here are confused as many are migratory-like Sandhill Cranes etc...They came all the way to Florida only to be frozen to death!
Seriously, maybe that was an exaggeration , but it is bone chilling cold in North Central Florida. Has only made it 41 degrees so far. Good news is that Saturday it will be 80!
Same as always. Slate-colored Juncos, Cardinals, scarlet finches, American sparrows, Nut hatches, black-capped chickadees, and occasional Blue jay. That’s it. Not to mention the constant turkey and black vultures swirling around looking for a dead deer. Nothing else. The usual.
Actually, birds lives in two huge oak trees just behind my back wall to my garden area where I grow food plants in containers and I have food containers on my deck. I would be delighted if all the birds DIED. They will eat my food seed so I had to move that operation inside under a grow lamp to actually keep seeds to sprout. Then they will invade to eat my plants and any food fruit produced. I have to put netting over everything growing food and they will reach through the net to destroy food. It is me or them living and they aren’t going to win this battle - they are killers and good riddance. The rest of you feed them and they can go live with you.
A Whooper??? Maybe you meant a Sandhill Crane. Unless your near Aransas.
One year before I knew that I bought some thistle from Petco and even though I could see the Goldfinches flitting all over my yard they never went to the sock.
Evidently there were 5 juveniles sighted in the Southeast (VERY UNUSUAL) last year, but they disappeared. Then, one was sighted in GA.
This was in the Everglades.
He sure did look like the picture in the book!
Just watch out for any that face Mecca.
We’ve had several Lesser Canadian geese winter here this year. Back in the mid 80s, we had a Greater Canadian goose that stayed at our lake all winter. Of course, it hit 4 above zero that year.
This is central Texas, BTW.
The above is a Cardinal in my friend's back-yard here in North East Illinois. That picture was taken during the snowstorm on Saturday that dumped nearly 16 inches of snow.
That Cardinal isn't supposed to be here until very late February - early March. Lucky for the Cardinal, he's sitting on a full birdfeeder.
Texas: Sparrows out the wazoo, many cardinals and more recently too many mourning doves (they are messy and don’t seem to be the brightest birds) a few inca doves, occasional redwinged blackbird, ravens in the evening and a strange sand colored bird with bright orange eyes and a looong curved beak—smart bird, too.
There a a couple of olive to drab yellow finches but they aren’t regulars, tiny little fellas. We’ve been buying a 10lb bag at least once a week where we usually only buy a bag every 2 weeks. I’ve also been cooking suet every couple of days using this recipe:http://www.almanac.com/content/bird-food-recipe-suet
The birds love it! They do scare me on occasion because they’ve taken to getting up under my patio in plants and such and flush out when I’m not expecting it. At least they haven’t been lining up over my patio door like they did the first cold snap before Thanksgiving—what a mess that was gah.
My BIL (The birdwatcher) said it was the “Sighting of his Life.” I guess that means it was highly unusual.
It was even freezing cold here among the coconut palms and banana trees. I felt like I was back in Boston. (shudder)