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The Weather is not Delightful in Siouxland, Sioux City

27 Feb
A Starling bird flies off with some dried fruit from a feeder in a backyard on an exceptionally cold blustery day when windchill creates a temperature of -15 degrees in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Winter has blasted Siouxland with some pretty harsh weather as of late, with air temperatures in the single digits and wind chill driving the temps down below freezing, in most cases -10 or more below zero with it getting even colder overnight.

I always try to keep a few bird feeders filled with eats for those creatures that visit during the colder months and when it’s extremely cold outside I see starlings showing up looking for some warmth and eats.

Starling birds huddle together to stay warm on an exceptionally cold blustery day when windchill creates a temperature of -15 degrees in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Starling birds huddle together to stay warm on an exceptionally cold blustery day when windchill creates a temperature of -15 degrees in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

These guys hang out in groups and except for the few single brave ones that dashed and dined at the feeders, most came in small groups, staying just long enough and then darting off to someplace they felt a bit more safe. Watching the these birds and other species is interesting and always makes me smile is how all creatures share some common traits even if we don’t really believe it. And hopefully overnight when the temps and wind an be more brutal, they find a safe haven to hunker down and wait for a better day that will come soon according to the weather prognosticators.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A Starling bird eats a kernel of corn near a feeder in a backyard on an exceptionally cold blustery day when windchill creates a temperature of -15 degrees in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A Starling bird lands near some others looking for food within a small woodpile in a backyard on an exceptionally cold blustery day when windchill creates a temperature of -15 degrees in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A Starling bird drops in to join others huddled together to stay warm on an exceptionally cold blustery day when windchill creates a temperature of -15 degrees in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
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