This post is partially a follow up to my last post on Redpolls and also about weather. Mark Twain said" everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it"
I'm going to run true to form then and not do anything about it. I was startled when I talked about the temperatures up here ranging from minus 28C to 0 C. at the comments about cold. Cold is a relative thing. The coldest that I have ever been is standing on a beach in Clearwater, Florida at the end of February. I don't even remember the temperature, but I do remember the damp cold wind of the ocean going right through me. You see at minus 28 the humidity is very low; therefore you're not fighting dampness just a dry cold, and that's easy to do.
As well the snow that falls, if there is any, is not a wet snow, because it does not melt in the atmosphere, and refreeze it stays frozen. So you're not walking in slush,or wet snow which wets your boots and makes you cold.
The first series of shots are of the River in a warm period as you can tell from the fog overlaying the ridge. The fog turns to frost and sticks to the trees as shown in the pine shot and the shot opposite.
In the previous post I talked about the climate in which the Redpoll lives, which also amazed people that such a small finch can survive in my region, and that it's breeding grounds are even north of me in the Boreal forest and the Hudson's Bay area. I forgot to add they are voracious feeders. I'll end up feeding them and other birds about 24 kg of sunflower seeds a month until they migrate north. So food and metabolism are one of the answers.
But not the only answer. As you can see there is a goldfinch in the midst of these Redpolls. On Wednesday, one of the blogs showed Goldfinch near Dallas. I checked the temperature in Dallas and it was sunny and in the upper 60's F. I really don't think there's is much difference between the Goldfinch in Dallas and the Goldfinch here. I think nature equips these birds similarly but with the ability to adapt to their surroundings as long as food, shelter and water is available.
The Goldfinch is all puffed up against the cold just as the Redpolls are. And are just as voracious in their feeding.
And of course the Red Squirrel. A Post to SWF @ http://skyley.blogspot.com/ To see the Redpoll post go to the previous post.