Feeding Wild Birds in Winter

Why you should feed them

Many humans suffered greatly from the recent winter storms as such events befell many throughout a portion of the United States.
As some of our lives have been touched or devastated by these brutal winter storms, bird watchers who feed wild birds in winter can equate more fully how greatly backyard birds also suffer through winter.
However, wild birds have an advantage over humans that allows them to survive outdoors, a noteworthy function that allows backyard birds to adjust to such an environment.
Wild birds are noteworthy for a quick rising metabolism. Unlike humans, having a quick rising metabolism means that a backyard bird must eat all day long in order to convert the food’s nutrients into energy and that energy must be burnt as body heat in order to bear cold temperatures by day and night.
Throughout the winter, wild birds need to find food urgently to keep warm through the daylight hours.
Their need for food is even greater as the night approaches, since they need more energy to produce heat for the plummeting temperatures of night.
Because natural food sources are so scarce in winter storms, you can only imagine the relief your feathered friends feel to receive an easy meal from your bird feeder in the midst of brutal winter weather!
Thus, by providing backyard birds a full bird feeder, you are not only greatly easing their struggle to find sufficient food, you are actually providing a real lifeline for wild birds even in brutal winter storms!
You can see by now that wild birds suffer from brutal winter weather in a similar way as humans. Our backyard birds do suffer as greatly as our loved ones who faced these unimaginable recent winter storms.
Therefore, feeding wild birds in winter is crucial to a bird’s winter survival – for a backyard bird’s daily struggle to find food is great in this harsh winter weather.
So far, we have discussed one key to a bird’s winter survival. In a future winter article, we will discuss another key to the winter survival of the wild birds that reside in your backyard.
– Craig Curtis

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