Here 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.
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!
No, not really. Though the Carolina Wren is native to the southeastern United States, it has been slowly expanding northward since the mid-1900s. This has been made possible by the ever warmer winters. Still, they have a tough time up north so if you see them around a little extra seed scattered on the ground would be a great help.
We At The Edge of The Wood think they look chic but others associate the crow’s black feathers with death. Crows are actually very social, caring creatures and among the smartest animals on the planet. We may never know why crows evolved their dark plumage. Fashion has always been a mystery to us.