fauna QoTD thinking big



"The chickadee's fear of windy places is easily deduced from his behaviour. In winter he ventures away from woods only on calm days, and the distance varies inversely as the breeze... To the chickadee, winter wind is the boundary of the habitable world.

... Wind from behind blows cold and wet under the feathers, which are his portable roof and air conditioner. Nuthatches, juncos, tree sparrows, and woodpeckers likewise fear winds from behind, but their heating plants and hence their wind tolerance are larger in the order named. Books on nature seldom mention wind; they are written behind stoves." ~Aldo Leopold

They are written behind stoves. <3