Mourning Dove, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Winter Tribute

How Do Birds Survive Winter?

Mourning Dove, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post "Winter Tribute"

Mourning Dove

Here are two Winter tributes: a poem and a photo (with its story).

Ultimate Victor

In the middle of winter
one might conclude
that frozen darkness
– – –had won.
Hard snow covers all
and fierce winds cut
life to the core.

Nothing moves,
Nothing grows.

Everything waits . . . .

But eventually
warmth returns.

And once again life
triumphs as it
pushes aside the
earth where it had
hidden to rise in
magnificent glory
with color and song
– – –more beautiful
– – –and more vibrant
than ever before.

About the Photo

It’s cold: Zero F (-17 C) and wind is blowing.

So how do birds survive such cold?

This Mourning Dove has a way. As you can see in the photo, it found a secluded place where it could rest on dry leaves, puff up its feathers, and pull in its head.

About Winter

Without winter there would be no incentive to build a shelter or discover fire.

So every adversity leads to an advance.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: The poem comes from Life Poems, a collection that I published in 2016. Find more info at: Life Poems.


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Birding Resources

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  • Nancy Hoffmann
    Posted at 15:58h, 12 January

    Birds in Chicago migrate south. It’s a better solution!

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 06:51h, 13 January

    Nice article in today’s Placentia News-Times. It was much too short, but I get it – you don’t want to divulge too many secrets of your success. Keep on watching, waiting, and clicking.

  • Jo-Ann Coller
    Posted at 08:31h, 13 January

    So, you are a poet too! Nice, very nice. Love the dove all snugly and warm.

  • Susie Vanderlip
    Posted at 20:10h, 14 January

    Great photos and great info, Steve! Wishing you great talks and continue inspiring all to LOVE birds!
    Our hummers have just started emptying our feeders in 1 to 2 days again! In Nov and Dec, it took them 2 to 3 weeks to empty one feeder. In the last week, they are emptying 2 to 3 feeders in 4 days! Keeping them well fed and supported through our rainy winter 🙂
    FYI – I’ll be doing a book signing and speaking on Everything Monarch Butterfly for Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale on Sat. March 11th! I’m excited and honored 🙂

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