If I want to know the weather forecast, looking at the behavior of my backyard birds is often more accurate than asking Siri!
The birds seem to sense when bad weather is coming and show up in a bit of a frenzy. Take today for example – with predictions of sleet and freezing rain headed our way, there was quite a flurry of activity at the feeders.
The Blue Jays were the first to arrive…
…and the second…
…and the third!
Followed by a host of others.
The heated water dish was even more popular than the feeders.
With much of their water supply frozen, this was quite the hotspot!
Not only are the birds marvelous meteorologists, they are also experts at the emergency broadcasting system. When they started chattering loudly, looking alert, and fleeing the scene I knew there must be some sort of danger lurking about.
Sure enough, this handsome Hawk swooped in and landed directly overhead in hopes of finding an easy meal.
Once he left, it was back to business as usual.
By the way, the birds were right – it wasn’t long before the sleet started. So have no fear, I’ll keep an eye out on the backyard and let you know if any more bad weather is headed this way!