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I watched a goldfinch "jump" from my feeder into a snow bank and wriggle
down about a foot during the last cold spell.  An hour or so later, it shot
out the side of the bank and took off.
On Feb 10, 2011 5:06 PM, "Patti Haynes" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Have any of you seen evidence that Ruffed Grouse actually burrow in the
> snow?
>
> I have just started reading *Winter World* by Bernd Heinrich. In his
chapter
> on snow and subnivian space he claims that Grouse and other birds actually
> burrow under the snow: -- " in the Maine woods I routinely find over
thirty
> fecal pellets (in these snow shelters) where a ruffed grouse has spent the
> night. Often these birds also stay the day in their shelter, because on
> snowy, cold days I have flushed them out from underfoot under the snow
even
> at noon."
>
> I have seen snow accumulate on birds, but I had never heard of them
> burrowing in it.
>
> Your thoughts or observations?
>
> Patti
> Moretown Village