January weather in Michigan is not really a surprise to me, every year I come
to expect it, because it has always been a cruel and mean one, however, I was not prepared for yesterday's weather...Arctic like weather with wicked high winds blasted us with temperatures in the low teens...16 degrees that felt like 5!
Dressed from head to toe in extra winter garments, I made a mad dash to purchase extra birdseed and cocoa. I was so happy to arrive back home were I settled down in some cozy socks, Pj's, my robe and a cup of piping hot cocoa.
I sat in my bedroom chair that faces my back window.. This is one of my favorite rooms to sit and watch the activities and antics of my feathered friends, squirrels and those stubborn cats that come through.
I watched the cardinals feeding from a tree stump I placed against the back fence...The sparrows, purple and gold finches all ate from the feeder, while three junco's ate below.
They all amazed me as I watched them feed, fight and hop around as if it was a spring day!
How I pondered...is it, that these small creatures with their thin little bodies could withstand such extreme temperatures? ... How? ? ?
I could not and would not rest until I found the answer..so to the net I went, and here is the answer I found to my question.
Haven't you seen birds fluffing their feather's?..... Well, each time they perform this action, air is trapped between the feathers. This trapped air acts to insulate much like a down filled coat or sleeping bag and that's all there is to it... Nature has equipped and designed them to handle the Winter weather.
Now.... if I could just stop wondering where they sleep at night once they leave the feeders". hmmm" maybe I should just enjoy watching and feeding them and let Mother nature handle her business.