Windy weather blog

Different birds exhibit different behaviours in response to windy conditions. This can vary depending on factors such as the species of the bird, the strength of the wind, the weather that co-insides with the wind and the purpose of the birds activities. Below are some common behaviours often observed in birds during windy weather:

  • Stay grounded or seek shelter. In strong winds, many birds choose to stay grounded and seek shelter. They find refuge in trees, shrubs, nesting boxes and other protected areas.
  • Reduce flying. Strong winds can make flying challenging for birds. some species limit flying all together especially if the wind is too strong for them to navigate effectively. This is the case for many smaller birds.
  • Soaring and gliding. Larger birds take advantage of updrafts created by strong winds to soar and glide. This allows them to cover larger distances with minimal energy expenditure.
  • Adjusting flight patterns and techniques. Some birds can adjust their flight patterns to compensate for winds. They can fly at different angles and adjust their wing positions. This helps them maintain stability in the air.
  • Migration delays. Birds that migrate face difficulties of the wind is against their direction of travel. In such cases they may choose to delay their journey or seek alternative routes.
  • Many birds become more vocal during windy weather. This could be a response to the environmental changes or a way to communicate with other birds.
  • Birds that eat insects for food may benefit from windy conditions as it can displace insects from vegetation, making them easier for them to catch. On the other hand, strong winds may make it challenging for birds that hunt by hovering and diving. Birds that are regulars on feeding stations can struggle to perch on feeders and in some instances feeding stations are blown over are temporarily removed until the weather settles down again.

Here are some ways you can help –

  1. Stable Feeding Stations: Use sturdy and stable bird feeders that can withstand gusts of wind. Ensure that the feeders are securely anchored to prevent them from swinging excessively in the wind.
  2. Protected Locations: Place bird feeders in locations that provide some protection from strong winds. Placing feeders near trees, bushes, or other structures can create a more sheltered environment for birds to access the food.
  3. Low Platforms: Consider using low-platform feeders or ground-level feeding stations during windy conditions. Birds may find it easier to access food on stable surfaces closer to the ground.
  4. Heavier Feeders: Opt for heavier feeders that are less likely to be swayed by the wind. Metal or larger feeders are often more stable than lightweight plastic ones.
  5. Choose the Right Food: In windy conditions, choose birdseed that is less likely to be easily scattered by the wind. Sunflower seeds and suet are examples of foods that birds can feed on more easily in windy weather.

Remember to keep an eye on your feeders and their contents regularly to ensure they remain in good condition. Feeding birds during windy conditions can be rewarding, and with a bit of consideration, you can create a welcoming and stable environment for your feathered visitors.


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