Friday, April 4, 2014
Migrating Birds Confront April Snow Storm
This Common Grackle has just arrived, and in the middle of the storm last night and this morning he discovered the seed tray other birds were using. He is a fast learner, and stepped right up.
Snow is not their normal habitat.
But the snow kept it close to the feeders.
In the picture below it is easy to see that Doves are not made for really cold climates, as parts of this one's toes have frozen during the cold and left only stubs with no toe claws.
His legs were not made for holding onto a wire cage, so he would often drop into the snow below to retrieve fallen bits of suet. But how to find them in the snow?
Sometimes he found some, but the expression on his face below sems to suggest that he would like an easier way the find food.