There are few more beautiful things than fresh snow and frozen pools. Winter is a wonderful land and looks very beautiful. Maybe after enjoying the view for a while your mind will be drawn to the furry crocodiles that have to live outdoors on these cold days. You may have asked the question, what do all the animals drink if everything is frozen? Do they eat snow? We know that humans can freeze to death if they eat snow, so what about birds? The answer is yes, they can eat snow. But they need more energy than their body to drink frozen water to melt the snow and bring the freezing temperatures of the snow to body temperature. Water is very important for humans as well as animals. Of course hunger (always caring for birds) can be more threatening than dehydration. Birds often draw water from melting ice floes and ponds. When it is very cold and there is no water to drink, they eat snow.
But avoid running outside and putting hot water bottles on for your feathered friends. Although not common, it is known that birds bathe in warm water when it is very cold outside. Their feathers were covered with ice and could not fly. A warm bird bath is a wonderful source of water for birds in cold weather. But be sure to put stones or sticks on top of them to prevent them from bathing.
Water is especially important for birds to stay warm in the winter. This is because the water helps the birds to keep their feathers well. Filtered feathers are important to birds because they position and align the feathers properly. If they do not coincide, cold leaks may occur in their insulation gaps. It quickly loses their body heat. When there is no water to bathe, the birds bathe in the snow. This helps to filter and feather the feathers to form an insulating layer. Each feather is controlled by a small muscle group. When birds flutter their feathers, they create small air pockets, which greatly reduces heat loss. Because of this the down coat is very comfortable in the cold. On cold nights, birds bury their beaks and feet in their feathers to further reduce heat loss.
Winter is beautiful, but it can be a difficult time for the animals that live there. Providing a reliable water source can help you alleviate their difficulties. If you start feeding and watering the birds don’t be fooled by the old myth that they are hungry when you stop. Nonsense! If you go out of your favorite restaurant town they will never die of thirst or hunger more than you! You may get angry but you certainly will not die! Providing your feathered friends with a bird feeder and a heated bird bath not only helps them, but also makes bird watching fun instead. It will also give you hours of fun and entertainment.