Fall weather brings cold nights which can be challenging for small birds. The next morning they hit the bird feeders with voracious appetites, but there is only room for the dominant few. On a recent chilly start to the day, I looked out my porch window and saw this scene.
Cold fall nights force small birds to burn their meager fat stores to stay warm overnight, leaving them with little energy reserve to fuel the next day’s activity. Fall weather with its unpredictable temperatures and precipitation is a major source of mortality, especially for juvenile birds. Even more reason for them to follow their parents around to the best food sources.