Hawks and owls in the snow

Nature's Notebook

When it comes to finding food, even the strongest birds of prey have a tough time in winters with lots of snow. Why? Rodents, which are the preferred food for these birds, are, by and large, tunneled under the snow.

It’s warmer down there, and they can forage for nuts and grains out of harm’s way.

Hawks can sometimes switch over to birds for food — if they are fast enough to catch them. As a result, you may be seeing some increased hawk activity at your bird feeder.

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