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How birds survive cold winter nights

November 11, 2012
By SCOTT SHALAWAY - Outdoors Writer ( , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

My birdfeeders have been busy this week, and as I watch the nonstop feeding frenzy, I marvel at how birds as tiny as goldfinches and chickadees can survive winter weather. The long, cold nights that lay ahead make day to day survival a challenge for all wild birds. Smaller birds face the greatest problem because they lose heat more rapidly than larger birds.



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