COLD! 1-5-15

The news around here is that there have been very, very few animals caught in the nighttime camera.  In fact for the last five days we have only “caught” the cottontail bunny, coming and going on his schedule, despite high wind and temperatures in the teens.  The lively, flocks of very small birds at the feeder has been testament to their remarkable adaptations for New England weather.  Apparently they find protected communal roosts at night, shivering and sharing body heat, then spend every waking moment finding food. Some can lower their metabolism to a state of torpor when it is very cold.

male cardinal chicadee in flight light goldfinch bunny in cold