Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Keep Warm, Fed and Watered.

Yesterday a light snow fall continued during the morning and the temperature remained well below freezing throughout the day. It was important to ensure that my garden birds could rely on having access to clean water that was not frozen and food that was not buried beneath the snow.

One of our regular Woodpigeons sat on this perch for about two hours. The feathers are fluffed up to an extent whereby he looks twice his normal size. This then acts like a very thick layer of insulation, helping to retain the birds own body heat.

Even this Blackbird who normally looks so sleek has turned into a fluffy round ball. 

 The feathers on a bird must be kept in top condition if they are to work effectively. This is acheived by the birds carrying out a constant preening ritual.

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