Sunday, December 21, 2008

Birds and ice

Osprey (Photos by Marty)

Anna's Hummingbird

American Robin

Ice presents a very difficult natural condition for birds to cope with. Today my nephews rescued an Osprey that had spent last night perched somewhere in freezing rain. This morning it was not able to open its wings to fly, and was standing along a city street. If it could wish, it would probably be wishing it had flown with its fellow Ospreys to Mexico or Brazil, instead of choosing to spend the winter here in Oregon.

At my house I was amazed to see that the Anna's Hummingbird had survived the rainy, freezing night, and seemed not to be bothered by having to perch on ice-covered twigs. The Robins have been busy today stripping my hawthorne tree of its few remaining berries.


At 9:17 PM, Blogger A Portland Backyard said...

Amazing story about the Osprey. Keep us posted about it's recovery, if you can.

We were amazed, too, that all the birds could survive this nasty weather. I don't know how they do it.


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