Monthly Archives: March 2014

Are Birds Ok in the Winter?

Snow logHere At the Edge of the Wood we wonder how our feathered friends are doing  this rough winter. What do they need to stay alive? It’s estimated that one chickadee needs 65,000 joules of food energy to survive a winter night. One black oil sunflower seed provides 1000 joules. So stock up your feeders with these high energy snacks. The cardinals will be grateful, too.

What makes a Duck a Duck?


In the words of Douglas Adams If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.  At the Edge of the Wood we know one when we see one but with over 140 species worldwide  exhibiting a huge variety of plumage and characteristics, it’s hard for us to put our finger on a duck.  Pop over here to begin to explore our duck friends. But make it soon before they fly off in spring!