POTD 1/13/22

January 13, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

SNOW CONE - A female Red-bellied Woodpecker eats collected snow on her favorite Maple tree. Although birds can eat snow, it costs them precious energy to warm the snow up to body temperature—a costly expense in severe cold. ... In addition to drinking, birds use water to keep their feathers clean, and some will bathe even in winter. This woodpecker chose the snow over the heated water bowl on the patio.


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