- Pets and Animals
What do birds do when it rains?
Rainy day birds..
I wondered this question too. I live near Seattle and it rains on about 150 days out of 365 each year. That's about 42% of the year. I wondered, how can birds stay dry when it's raining all of the time? Where do they eat and sleep?
They can't go to Starbucks to cheer them up, and they can't sleep in my house or car, although they could sleep under my car, although that's not happened yet. So what do birds DO?
Before I had a bird feeder, my curious mind searched for an answer, and I read about how birds are just like people and that they hunker down during bad weather. This might be normal bird behavior in some area, but it certainly doesn't apply to rainy Washington State. Here we have rainy days all day, day after day. If the birds couldn't fly or eat in the rain, they couldn't live here because we have weeks of rain! It turns out we have a mild climate that birds enjoy, as we have many birds that live here year round, like House Finches, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Sparrows, Robins, and more.
Birds Visit my Feeder Rain or Shine - Birds eat all day long, and a little rain doesn't stop them at all!
Black-capped chickadees love to eat sunflower seed from my bird feeder. Although they do seem to travel in groups, they have arrived at my backyard bird feeder at all times of the day, and they often eat even when it's raining. Their feathers must be made to work fine in the rain because they seem to have no trouble flying in wet weather. They do look a little more ruffled looking sometimes, though.
Did you know that chickadees actually hide seeds for later eating? Just like squirrels, they cache away their food. They have a good memory for remembering where they hide it. So, if you run out of seed, don't worry, the birds have some hidden away for a rainy day!
I've read that they will sometimes seek cover from rain in bird houses or holes in trees. I haven't seen this with my own eye, but they do like to go into bushes that have lots of leaves, and I imagine this gives them some shelter from the rain.
Robins Love Heavy Rain!
Robins eat worms and when it rains a lot, worms have to come to the top of the soil so that they can breathe. This makes them easy dinner for birds.
Red-Winged Blackbird Eating and Squawking - Just another rainy day....
I put out a seed bell and it was gone by the end of the week.
Northern Flickers Eating Suet in the Rain - One of the rare times when two of these large woodpeckers were eating at the same time....Click thumbnail to view full-size
Give Birds some Shelter from the Rain
I put up a couple of birdhouses like this one. It's only been a few weeks so I haven't had a bird use it yet but I did see a chickadee hover in front of it and check it out. I've read that birds need more places to nest so I'm really hopeful that they will use it. I've read that you can put up a birdhouse any time of the year because birds will use it for shelter.
I hung up two birdhouses for my birds
I'm really excited that some chickadees might use these to nest in this Spring.