Peter Hayes and his girlfriend sought solace in nature but were surprised when a flock of birds infiltrated their bedroom during a rainstorm.
“My girlfriend went to bed, and I heard her come back down, and she said, ‘I think there is a bird on the windowsill in the bedroom. [I] went upstairs, switched the light on, and there were lots of birds in the bedroom.”
Startled by the avian guests, Hayes counted nine birds, one seeking refuge under the bed.
“It was a bit freaky,” Hayes shared. “They just stared me out [as if] to say, ‘You seen the weather out there, bro?’”
Despite his attempts to coax them out, the birds remained defiant. What began as a Disney-like moment became a nightmare, prompting Hayes to retreat to the spare room.
“When I did that, they just went mad and flew all over — one went downstairs, the rest settled again all over. Eventually, I left them to it, shut the door, and slept in the spare room.”
Eventually, the storm subsided, and the birds departed, leaving behind a messy aftermath that required Hayes’ cleanup efforts throughout the night.
Some birds can fly in the rain, but many species seek refuge from the rain. Birds seek shelter from the rain for various reasons, including protecting themselves from getting wet and maintaining their body temperature.
Rain can make their feathers heavy and restrict their ability to fly efficiently. Wet feathers also lose insulation properties, leading to a drop in body temperature and potentially hypothermia.
Seeking shelter helps birds stay dry and maintain their feathers’ insulation, enabling them to conserve energy and stay warm.
Additionally, rain can reduce visibility and make it challenging for birds to find food or spot predators, so seeking shelter provides them a safe and comfortable environment until the rain subsides.