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Wild Bird Crossing of Sturbridge
(Rte 20 & Cedar St Intersection)
4 Cedar Street
Sturbridge, Massachussetts
508 347-BIRD
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Hi again! Well, Fall is here and the weather isn't quite sure what it wants to be, so I thought I'd give you a couple of interesting facts on how birds keep cool or stay warm. Did you know that Turkey Vultures poop on their feet to cool off! (nice, huh?) And they're not alone--Wood Storks do the same thing. Other birds make do with panting, just opening their little beaks and panting like a dog. Now this might look dumb but it sure beats pooping on your feet!

Different birds have different body temperatures, and a lot depends on what the bird is doing. Many birds can actually lower their heart rate just to go to sleep at night and adjust to colder weather. To stay warm birds fluff themselves up. All their feathers get quite puffy (just like my hair--sort of) and on hot days they do the opposite by squishing their fathers flat. Unfortunately I can't do that!

Many people worry about the birds feet freezing in the winter. Don't worry, most birds feet have hardly any blood vessels in them so there isn't anything in their feet to freeze. Most birds' feet are scaly, just like fingernails, and if their feet do get cold they sit on them. Owls actually have feather insulation on their feet, and the Ruffed Grouse's toes actually swell up and act as tiny snowshoes!

Well, that's it for interesting bird facts for today.
Now, don't forget that Wild Bird Crossing has great new gift ideas for Christmas,so if you haven't been here in a while you've got to come see all the great new stuff we have for the gift giving season.
  
Have a great Fall!

Kim