I observed a few hundred Tree Swallows flying over Red House Lake today with big snowflakes in the air!! Seeing this behavior reminded of the day in 2007 when I found a dozen birds cuddling together to keep warm. These birds just don’t do well in cold temperatures and my heart was broken after finding a few dozen of them dead in the bird boxes. Lucky this weather isn’t proposed to last for as many days as in the 2007’s storm.
We all love an early spring but they do hit some of our birds hard who arrive in the Western New York area earlier than normal. Example; it took a few years before Eastern Phoebe’s returned to the area again after the 2007 storm. Just last week I mentioned how wonderful it was seeing them back in the numbers that they use to be found at. Let’s just hope for normal temperatures to return before we have a repeat of 2007.
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