These finches had to develop razor-sharp beaks to find nutrition in the harshest of places. This adaptation led to sucking the blood of large seabirds.The scientific world was deeply perplexed: How did a songbird like the finch become a bloodthirsty vampire?
We are now in the depth of winter, which means that your bird feeders are crowded with foreign travelers. One international visitor to expect is most likely the dark eyed junco, called snow-birds because if you see one, that means winter is coming, and snow will likely follow.
These white wizards have arrived from their summer homes in the Arctic tundra. Leaving their perches on the snowy hills and flying south, we can now see them on electricity and telephone poles or on the ground, silently waiting for their prey. Unlike other owls, these snowy owls hunt in daylight, mainly at dawn and dusk.