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(Cornell University)   Why birds don't get frostbite on their legs and feet. Hey, it's a slow news day   (ccmr.cornell.edu) divider line 23
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2013-12-08 11:56:47 AM  
Slow news day at Cornell?
 
2013-12-08 12:37:50 PM  
I've wondered this for years. The birds on the coast of the arctic ocean freak me out. Why don't their little legs just fall off?
 
2013-12-08 12:38:00 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Slow news day at Cornell?


Hey, it's cool to suddenly know things you didn't.

/ mostly.  There's a lot I wish I didn't know - but it's too late now.
 
2013-12-08 12:45:11 PM  
Because the fashionable ones wear socks
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-08 12:48:42 PM  
We had a chicken who got caught out on a cold night and lost a toe to frostbite. Her name was Boo Boo. She never got caught out again, I tell you!
 
2013-12-08 12:52:18 PM  
I'm still trying to figure out why hummingbirds around here don't leave when it's freaking snowing

/how they survive amazes me
 
2013-12-08 12:53:44 PM  
Because God.
 
2013-12-08 01:11:53 PM  
I have birds frequenting my birdbath when it's 50 degrees (living next to the Pacific Ocean, it seldom gets colder than that). I've always wondered why they don't put it off until it's warmer. Feathers or not, seems like it would be mighty uncomfortable, but they don't seem to mind.
 
2013-12-08 01:26:34 PM  
Must be a day without some breaking news about Miley Cyrus, Amanda Bynes or Paul Walker, so I'll have to hear someone drone on about something I've wondered about.

How dull.  I'm sure tomorrow Lohan will get drunk and hit a photographer.
 
2013-12-08 01:37:09 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Must be a day without some breaking news about Miley Cyrus, Amanda Bynes or Paul Walker, so I'll have to hear someone drone on about something I've wondered about.

How dull.  I'm sure tomorrow Lohan will get drunk and hit a photographer.


I want a photographer to get drunk and hit Lohan. Then Baldwin.
 
2013-12-08 01:52:58 PM  
Because it's all in their heads.

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2013-12-08 02:09:30 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: I've wondered this for years. The birds on the coast of the arctic ocean freak me out. Why don't their little legs just fall off?


Well, perhaps the real answer (in addition to the answers in the article) is that birds do get frostbite often enough, you just never see them because they likely don't tend live long afterwards.
 
2013-12-08 02:31:33 PM  

LrdPhoenix: Bennie Crabtree: I've wondered this for years. The birds on the coast of the arctic ocean freak me out. Why don't their little legs just fall off?

Well, perhaps the real answer (in addition to the answers in the article) is that birds do get frostbite often enough, you just never see them because they likely don't tend live long afterwards.


This is an option!
 
2013-12-08 03:44:04 PM  
Come to think of it, why don't all birds migrate south for the winter?
 
2013-12-08 03:50:21 PM  

Larva Lump: Because it's all in their heads.

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What exactly are we looking at?  A bird that hit a window, died, and fell headfirst into the snow?
 
2013-12-08 03:54:30 PM  
Say that to all the pigeons hobbling around on a T platform on little stumps.

/had a pigeon that would hang out on the deck in Albany, only had one leg
//was obviously the mf'ing BOSS of all the other pigeons
 
2013-12-08 04:28:46 PM  
RogermcAllen

Larva Lump: Because it's all in their heads.

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What exactly are we looking at? A bird that hit a window, died, and fell headfirst into the snow?


CoD unknown. Starvation? Cold? Embarrassment? Was in the World Series thread.

// Free bird!
 
2013-12-08 04:38:20 PM  
Nogale

Come to think of it, why don't all birds migrate south for the winter?

'Cos some, like Emperor penguins, have time-shares that they can't get out of.
 
2013-12-08 04:53:00 PM  
soze

Say that to all the pigeons hobbling around on a T platform on little stumps.

Likely attributable to poor hygiene along with poor heating. I haven't seen any stumpy sparrows.
 
2013-12-08 06:29:53 PM  
Kaeper-Pick!!
 
2013-12-08 06:31:03 PM  

Primitive Screwhead: Kaeper-Pick!!


Whooops wrong thread....
 
2013-12-08 07:29:38 PM  

jjorsett: I have birds frequenting my birdbath when it's 50 degrees (living next to the Pacific Ocean, it seldom gets colder than that). I've always wondered why they don't put it off until it's warmer. Feathers or not, seems like it would be mighty uncomfortable, but they don't seem to mind.


Perhaps less uncomfortable than the parasites the bath intends to dislodge?
 
2013-12-09 10:14:48 AM  

dionysusaur: jjorsett: I have birds frequenting my birdbath when it's 50 degrees (living next to the Pacific Ocean, it seldom gets colder than that). I've always wondered why they don't put it off until it's warmer. Feathers or not, seems like it would be mighty uncomfortable, but they don't seem to mind.

Perhaps less uncomfortable than the parasites the bath intends to dislodge?


During winter I put very hot water in my bird bath at the same time every day. The birds quickly learn when the water is at a suitable temp for a bath.
 
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