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Can Birds Predict the Weather?

25 days ago   |   By Ornithology

A couple of months ago, someone asked me if birds could predict the weather. Well, sort of.
Watching my bird feeder, I notice the activity becoming almost frantic just before rain and wind start. When the sun comes out, fewer birds are feeding, and less often. There's science behind this. In one study, captive White-throated Sparrows were experimentally subjected to different pressure regimes. Under high pressure the birds woke in the morning and began to preen themselves. When the pressure was lowered, the birds awoke and immediately began to feed, expecting bad weather challenges.
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