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Gary, they're probably not eating the snow just because it has moisture in
it, but rather because the water underneath the snow is heated somewhat as
you said. Most of the other sources of water in the area are completely
frozen over, and sipping luke-warm snow-topped water is a pleasant treat for
the wayward Starling.

That's just my guess, though.

Eric Burke
kcmo
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From: "Gary Thompson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2004 10:40 AM
Subject: Back Yard Bird Observation


> Today as the snow continues to fall I observed something new.  My empty
> birdbath was filled with snow -- I had not yet taken the ritual buckets
> of hot water out.  Sitting around the edge were three starlings.  They
> were very busily gulping mouthful after mouthful of snow.  Snow is over
> 6 inches deep across the yard and they are sitting on the birdbath snow
> drinking.  I am wondering if starlings need more moisture to operate
> their digestive system than some birds.
>
> Has anyone else observed such behavior??
>
> Many birds trying to eat today around the the drifting snow piles.  I
> would estimate a dozen different species so far.
>
> Connie Thompson
> Saint Joseph, MO
> Buchanan County
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