A. Many head for the woodlot and perch in leafy bushes, evergreens or vines for the night. Dense brush piles in your yard can protect birds from night predators such as cats. Birds also need this protection from the wind.
Swallows retreat to beams in barns. Starlings and pigeons roost under bridges. Ducks often sleep while floating. Woodpeckers can hook their claws into tree bark or retreat into holes to sleep. Chickadees and titmice also roost in tree holes for safety and warmth, or may even take to a winter roost box or empty birdhouse.
Material provided by WBU, Inc.