ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) – Birds disappearing from the skies, crickets chirping, these are just some of the things we’ll notice and hear as day becomes night, albeit temporarily.
Several experts who have studied animal behavior during eclipses have noticed that there seem to be no profound long-term effects of solar eclipses on certain species, it can temporarily alternate certain behaviors. During an eclipse birds have been known to return to their roosts, locusts and cicadas will quickly stop making noise, and spiders may begin taking down their webs. These signs of behavior that we would typically witness during dusk will instead happen during the middle of the day as the eclipse peaks around 1:16 PM in the afternoon here in the Stateline. This activity is only temporary though, as experts say most wildlife will resume their normal activities once the eclipse begins to come to an end.
In addition to wildlife behavior studies have been done on man’s best friend which showed very little reaction to eclipses. Typically, our beloved pooches usually treated these events as just another ordinary day as dogs and cats alike reflect the behavior of their human companions.
If we plan to travel during the eclipse we should be aware of increased wildlife activity on area roadways as animals react to the sudden and unexpected change in daylight.