Our feathered friends need bit of help now

Folks who habitually feed the birds in the winter know that ice and snow bring increased feeder activity: in numbers of birds and diversity. Birds not normally associated with bird feeders will often make appearances.

Our common wintering species are well-adapted to cope with extremely cold temperatures, but a snow or ice cover can pose them some hardship. Ground-feeding species such as sparrows, juncos and doves can be impacted by a heavy snow. Chickadees, tufted titmice and nuthatches that feed by gleaning from the trunks or braches of trees do better in snow but a coating of ice on trees can stress them, too.

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