Posts Tagged ‘winter’

What time do birds go to bed?

February 5, 2014

I got a bird feeder for Christmas. (Yea!)

Since hanging it outside I have observed that the birds come to eat at the feeder between roughly 8 am and 4 pm. I infer from that that they are asleep the rest of the time. Is that true?

I got the following message from a friend. It is both amusing and thought-provoking:

OK…but why do you infer that if a bird must be sleeping if it is not eating at your feeder? Might a bird have other activities to do during its waking hours?

And maybe the time a bird comes to your feeder has as much to do with when it is safe/convenient to do so as when the bird is awake/hungry. If I were a bird and I were awake and hungry, I still might avoid your feeder if there was a hungry cat nearby.

And what does it mean for a bird to sleep? Why assume that birds sleep is similar to humans sleep. I have read that birds sleep in short bursts. I have also read that birds can let parts of their brain sleep while other parts of their brain remain active. And I have read that birds can control their brain activity and effectively shut down parts of their brain (“go to sleep”) at will. That would be a pretty neat trick.

Why do some birds stay during the winter?

January 3, 2014

Brrr, it is wicked cold outside today. I look out my window and I see some birds flying around. Why do some birds stay during the winter while others fly south? Are the birds that stay designed differently and are able to endure the cold weather whereas the others are not able to endure the cold weather?

Any bird experts out there who can explain this please?