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Don’t Worry. Birds Have Already Gone South for the Winter.

Posted January 3, 2018 6:19 p.m. EST

The birds will be OK.

Geoff LeBaron, the director of Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count, a kind of early-winter bird census that has been taking place since the year 1900, said that, fortunately, birds that could not effectively withstand cold snaps were already further south than the continental United States.

“Warblers, thrushes, tanagers, they’re down in Central and South America,” he said. “The birds that winter in the Southern U.S. are better able to withstand the temperatures and have more flexibility in terms of the food they can eat.”

LeBaron said that waterfowl and marsh birds might be affected if there was significant snow cover or if water sources were frozen over.

And he warned that the increasing number of hummingbirds that spend the winter in the South might be affected and said that people who maintain the birds’ feeders should keep the feeders warm and well-supplied.

But he said that the short amount of time the cold was expected to last would allow others to scrounge through.

“The birds that are wintering down there are going to have to hunker down and deal with the conditions,” he said.

Just like the humans.