As plenty of people in the New York metropolitan region are stocking up on supplies at local stores before the arrival of the upcoming snowstorm on Saturday, so too are small birds around New York Harbor getting prepared.
For the last few days, there has been plenty of activity at my birdfeeder, frenzied activity at times, as the birds are keenly focused on feeding. Cardinals, nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, finches, bluejays, woodpeckers, sparrows and other small birds have been coming and going from sunrise to sunset to grab some seeds or suet to eat now or to store for later.
It seems just as quickly as I fill my feeders in the morning, they are nearly empty by the afternoon. The birds are in a constant search for food before Saturday morning.
No doubt the little birds have been sensing a dropping of barometric pressure for the last several days. Wild animals are pretty tuned in to weather changes in their local environment. They realize a pretty bad storm is heading this way. It’s time to get prepared, fatten up, and stay warm.
I suspect sometime this evening, the birds will suddenly disappear before the storm to roost, rest, and nestle in someplace safe for the next 24 hours. Just like people, they will wait out the storm and hope for better weather soon.
STOP THE WILLIAMS FRACKED GAS PIPELINE THROUGH NY HARBOR!
MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS ABOUT NY HARBOR
1. Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City by Leslie Day
2.Heartbeats in the Muck by John Waldman
3. The Fisheries of Raritan Bay by Clyde L. MacKenzie Jr.
4. Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan by Phillip Lopate
5. The Bottom of the Harbor by Joseph Mitchell