Wednesday, January 8, 2014
My heated water bath/feeder has been a popular place the last few days. It has a fringe of delicate frost grown from the mist rising off the water
Many finches at a time are often perched around the edge of the water.
There must be some advantage to water bathing at these cold temps. But only a few birds seem inclined to do it.
The Cardinal below has oily feathers to shake the water off. The House Sparrow below is showing off making designs with water spray.
Monday, January 6, 2014
The moisture from their breathing must have condensed in the extreme cold onto the feathers around their eyes.
After an hour or so the frost particles were gone, and did not seem to effect the birds in any way, but it made them look odd.
This is the true test for survival for these birds and all living things needing to find food on an hour by hour basis in this cold.