Birds & Birding

Snow Birds: 10 Birds to Look for in Winter

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. Photo © Tom Benson / Flickr

Attention new birders: I have news for you. Winter is not the off-season.

Sure, it’s absolutely frigid outside, a meager 20 species is a good day, and by the time January rolls around you never want to see another raft of ducks for as long as you live. (Okay, at least not until next winter.)

But despite the obvious challenges, winter birding is incredibly rewarding. Birds are easy to find in the leafless trees, trails and parks are quiet, and your checklists abound with many species that can only be found in the United States in winter. Plus, thanks to shortened daylight hours you don’t have to wake up at 4:00 a.m. to be out before the sunrise.

Check out our picks for 10 great birds you’ll only find in winter, and share your favorite winter birds in the comments below. (And if you can’t get outside, watch the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Ontario feeder cam to see some winter birds up close!)

  1. Red & White-winged Crossbills

    Photo © Jason Crotty / Flickr

    Finding Red Crossbills and White-Winged Crossbills is one challenge — the second is getting close enough to actually to see their twisted bills, which they use to prize seeds out of pine cones. Males of both species are a brilliant scarlet, while the females are olive green. You can tell them apart by the white dappling on the wings (called wing bars), on the White-Winged Crossbill.

    Both species are found year-round throughout the Rockies, and throughout the mid to northern U.S. in the winter. Listen closely if you happen upon a flock of Red Crossbills — the species has 10 distinct call-types, and different sub-populations specialize on different types of conifers.

  2. Northern Goshawk

    Northern Goshawk are used as an indicator species since they are at the top of the food chain. Photo © Bruce Taubert

    Few Northern American raptor species are as likely to initiate a tick-the-bird-or-die-trying twitch like the Northern Goshawk. The largest North American accipiter, these powerful, elusive hawks hunt rabbits, hares, squirrels, and other large birds in dense forests, zipping through the trees at high speeds. They’re found year-round throughout the Rockies, and throughout the mid to northern U.S. in the winter. Adults are distinctive, with heavily barred chests, steel grey back and wings, and deep red eyes. But be careful — juvenile goshawks look similar to Coopers and Sharp-Shinned hawks.

  3. Snow Bunting

    Photo © Kelly Colgan Azar / Flickr

    The subtly beautiful, sparrow-sized Snow Bunting breeds on the high Arctic tundra, where they nest in rock crevices lined with feathers, fur, grass, and moss. Their winter range extends to the northern half of the U.S., where they’re often seen foraging in flocks in snowy winter fields.

    Male Snow Buntings have to put in a bit of work to achieve their striking black-and-white breeding plumage. After their late summer molt, the plumage on their back and wings is brownish-black. Males wear off the brown-colored feather tips by rubbing themselves against the snow, resulting in pure-black coloration by the time the breeding seasons starts.

  4. Lapland Longspur

    Photo © Alaska Region US Fish & Wildlife / Flickr

    Like the Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspurs breed high in the Arctic and then winter in large flocks, some as many as 4 million strong, in the open fields of the northern U.S. Males are distinctive, with jet-black masks, reddish necks, and a yellow eye stripe. Females are much more tricky to identify, with brown, streaky, sparrow-like plumage. The “longspur” in this species’ name comes from an elongated claw on the hind toe.

  5. Ross’s & Snow Geese

    Photo © Howard Ignatius / Flickr

    Stop and take a closer look the next time you pass a lake brimming with Canada Geese — hidden among them might be a few Ross’s Geese or Snow Geese. Both species are snowy white, with black wing tips and pink beaks. They breed on the Arctic coasts and winter in just a few spots in the U.S., where you can find them in flocks together anywhere other winter waterfowl and geese congregate, including open lakes and agricultural fields.

    The species are difficult to tell apart unless they’re sitting side by side: The Ross’s Goose is smaller and more delicate, with a shorter neck. Meanwhile, the Snow Goose has a larger, chunkier bill with a dark line, or “grin patch” near the gape.

  6. Bohemian Waxwing

    Photo © Janet D'Errico / Flickr

    Just one of three waxwing species in the world, the Bohemian Waxwing breeds in northwestern Canada, occasionally erupts down into the northern U.S., mostly in the west. Named after gypsies, Bohemian Waxwings roam large distances in winter to search for berries, other fruit, and insects. Be careful not to confuse them with the similar-looking Cedar Waxwing: Bohemians have red and yellow wingtips, a dark black chin, rust-colored feathers under the tail, and a more greyish coloration.

  7. Evening Grosbeak

    An evening grosbeak. © Claudine Lamothe / Flickr

    Garish, unmistakable, and awesome — meet the Evening Grosbeak. Like the crossbills, these finches of the northern conifer forests often “irrupt” father south into the continental U.S. in winter in search of food. Flocks are common at feeders, where you can get an up-close look at their gaudy coloration: Males are an eye-popping yellow, with black swings, and a bold eyebrow. Females are more subdued, but have a fantastic, green-colored beak.

  8. Snowy Owl

    Photo © Don Bindler

    Serious birders still swoon when they think back on the winter of 2013-2014, when thousands of Snowy Owls irrupted into the lower 48, turning up as far south as Florida and the Bahamas. Similar — if not quite as epic — owl irruptions occur roughly every 3 to 5 years. But even in the off years, a few Snowy Owls still push into the northern U.S. Keep an eye on your local eBird listings for sightings near you, and read birder Tim Boucher’s advice for taking advantage of these winter invasions.

  9. Rosy-Finches

    Photo © Steve Valasek / Flickr

    The three rosy-finch species — Brown-capped, Grey-crowned and Black — are Rocky Mountain winter specialties. The Black and Gray-crowned are found throughout the west, while the Brown-capped is only found in Colorado and northern New Mexico. All three species are poorly studied by scientists because their breeding ranges are small and incredibly remote.

    Check eBird for common locations, as many flocks return to the same well-stocked winter feeders each year, and review some photos before you go. (The three species aren’t difficult to tell apart when they’re side-by-side, except when a flock of 50 of them is milling frantically around a feeder.)

  10. Hoary & Common Redpolls

    Photo © nebirdsplus / Flickr (now removed, Creative Commons when added)

    Another irruptive bird and feeder favorite, Hoary and Common Redpolls are well adapted to life in frigid arctic climates. They’re found year-round in northern Canada, where Common Redpolls sometimes burrow into the snow to stay warm. Hoary Redpolls have feathers on a greater extent of their bodies than other birds, and sometimes if temperatures get too warm they’ll pluck out their own feathers to help regulate their temperature.

    Hoary Redpolls are the rarer of the two — look for pale birds with less streaking hiding in flocks of Common Redpolls.

Justine E. Hausheer

Justine E. Hausheer is an award-winning science writer for The Nature Conservancy, covering the innovative research conducted by the Conservancy’s scientists in the Asia Pacific region. She has a degree from Princeton University and a master's in Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting from New York University. Justine's favorite stories take her into pristine forests, desolate deserts, or far-flung islands to report on field research as it's happening. When not writing, you can find her traipsing after birds, attempting to fish, and exploring the wild places around her home in Brisbane, Australia. More from Justine

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  1. Fantastic piece. (I’ve been procrastinating on my winter bird watching so far, but now I’m thinking it’s time to get serious! 🙂

  2. My husband and I enjoy winter birding. Living in Central Illinois, we feel blessed that we are able to see Lapland Longspurs on a regular basis during the winter, and Snow Buntings on occasion. Snow geese also are commonly seen here during the winter. Two or three years ago we were fortunate enough to see a Common Redpoll at our feeders.

  3. We have 3 different bird feeders and we are getting a variety of different birds. But the favorite one is the cardinal. But we have a couple of red tailed hawks, and several sparrows, 30 to 40.

  4. Thanks for sharing this!!! Now I’m excited to get out in this weather!!! I hope to see some of these that might stray to the northeast US!!!

  5. My favorite winter bird is the Red Cardinal. I have been seeing Robins this year and in winter of 2015. I live in Connecticut and I have never seen any of the beautiful birds in the winters here.

  6. I live high in the Rockies just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand Lake, CO and have literally hundreds of gray crowned rosy finches at my feeders every day. They come in a huge swarm and fight for the food. I have to fill my large open feeder on a daily basis. Get expensive, but they are so pretty.

  7. Cardinals, Downy Woodpecker and Juncos. Thanks for all the good work the Conservancy does. My wife and I have been members for decades.

  8. Pileated woodpecker
    Rosy breasted woodpecker
    Snowy Owl
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Bald Eagle
    Yellow-eyed sea duck

  9. The Hoary and Common Redpolls are my favorite because they are well adapted to life in frigid arctic climates.

  10. I am excited about birding. Thank you for opening my eyes. This is the first year I have taken time and noticed with great intensity, the birds, God’s great gift to the world.

    Dian Carr
    Retired social studies teacher

  11. WB and RB nuthatches, BC chickadees, Northern Flicker, Downy woodpecker, Pileated woodpecker, and Blue Jays, Pine siskins, Dark eyed Juncoes, B.waxwings, These come to the feeders.

  12. I love the juncos who feed in the yard beneath my feeders and on my garage roof just outside my window here. This year for the first time I saw brown/buff juncos in addition to the usual slate colored ones. I have also seen Red-bellied Woodpeckers that are moving into our area. And there are so many more raptors around all winter this year. I live in Massachusetts, about 30 miles west of Boston. You seem to have concentrated more on Western birds in this piece.

    1. Thank you! Will look for those! ( buff colored juncos) We are in southern VT

  13. My only winter birds are common raven and willow ptarmigan . Come spring I can add snow bunting, Lapland longspurs, snowy owl, and both species of red poll to name a few.

  14. Saw a different one yesterday. There were several of them, thought at first they were yellow rumped warblers, but I’m not sure. Very much like a snow bunting we have them regularly), but some yellow. We are in Northeastern Canada and it was just after the storm in eastern US. Not one we’ve seen before. I could have sworn I saw a reddish patch on one of their heads??
    Not really any favorites, love them all, feed them all.

  15. Living near a river, my favorite winter bird sightings of the past few years have mainly been in or near the water — mergansers, grebes, buffleheads, and bald eagles. Nothing yet this year though!

  16. the simple little junco is my fave.

    Do goldfinches overwinter in Northern PA? we are one mile south of Lk Erie, and I’m seeing someone who resembles one of our summer finches but with brownish feathers?

    1. Not sure about Northern Pa, but they overwinter here in Michigan. Nearly as far north as you.

  17. My personal favorite is the cardinal. I love to watch when the male feeds the female. What a care giver!

  18. The usual & ordinary ones are good to see. Chickadees, wrens, mourning doves and especially the female cardinal, all make me smile. At age eighty-three and widowed, I enjoy the feathered beauty. Those that come to the feeders and to the single open water bird-bath [that has a de-icer] …all make me smile. Juncos. yes. Blue jays not so much. When the snow geese fly over head , that is a special thing to see. There is a good place for thousands in Lancaster County,Pa.

  19. I love chickadees, nut hatches, juncos—they are very entertaining at the bird feeder. I also am fascinated by blackbirds as they for a large flock in the winter-a murmuration–I have experienced this several times’ Sometimes silent with only the sound of their wings and sometimes very noisy!! Fascinating!!

  20. What a day I’ve had with birds! The juncos (we call them winter birds here in rural Colorado) are so brave and adventurous . . .they hardly fly off the feeder as I tromp around feeding. The is a white headed sparrow, all by itself, that shows up each morning. The doves are filling the valley with song. Two house finches today, and a pair of birds I didn’t recognize . . .finch sized but much differently colored. Then while walking the dogs in town I got up close to a white breasted nuthatch showing off by walking upside down and peering at me. Last week there was a flock of magpies in the Russian olives (didn’t know they formed flocks) and this morning heard my the first Western Meadowlark of the season!

  21. Each and everyone of these birds are beautiful , amazing , and awrsome. I remember one the north side I use to hear the wood pecked and how I miss that. Somehow the other day I saw a black and white wood pecker. Thank you for your display of the birds.

  22. I’ve been enjoying watching red headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow, MA (Fannie Stebbins) as well as a juvenile harrier in the fields near Arcadia (MassAudubon) and the Oxbow.

  23. Oh my, where do I start! Snow & Ross Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, American Widgeon, Canvasback, Hooded Mergansers, Long-billed Curlew, Cedar Waxwing, Harlequin Ducks, Northern Shoveler, White Pelicans!

  24. I have always loved the way cardinals look in the winter, particularly against the snow. One winter I spotted an albino cardinal at a feeder, which was incredible to see.

  25. Excellent and thank you for putting names to the birds We are not all David Attenborough or even as clever as you ,thank you and keep up the great work!

  26. Have seen only the Snow Bunting,Evening Grosbeak and Common Red Poll here on Gray Road in Ithaca and I have been feeding and watching for 55 years. My favorite is the Carolina Wren and I have not seen one so far this winter. I did have the Common Red Shafted Flicker eating at the feeder yesterday for the first time. Usually I see them out in the yard.

  27. I don’t know this little guy’s name! I am trying to find out. He’s alone. He has a resemblance to a wren. His colors are brown with a little red. His slim tail sticks straight up!! His voice is distinctive and insistent. He arrives early, at or just before sunrise and he lets me know he’s here. He leaves then comes back later to dine alone. He likes chopped nuts. He is a cutie.

    Then of course, my beloved cardinals. What else can I say?

    1. Check your birdbook for Carolina Wren. We’ve been seeing them overwinter way up here in Vermont for a couple of winters now. They are delightful, perky birds.

    2. Barbara – we have had Carolina wrens for a couple of years in eastern Nebraska also. I have read a couple of authorities who say their personality is not aggressive like house wren’s, and last year they stayed in the yard all summer. Great songs, one like a titmouse.

  28. Bohemian Wax Wings are here, enjoying the last of the Mountain Ash berries

  29. Lots of evening grosbeaks and redpolls here, northern michigan. Lots of pine grosbeaks too! Thanks for the article!

  30. I saw beautiful bluebirds yesterday for the first time. They had vibrant blue tail feathers and orange bellies.

  31. Eastern Meadowlark! I captured some wonderful images of them in my own photo shoot shortly after the snows in northern Virginia on a cove in the Potomac River.

  32. Sparrows. Harris’s sparrow, field sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, white throat sparrow.

  33. Although I see them every year, and therefore they aren’t the “hardest” species to find, I enjoy Snow Buntings the most of the winter species in northern New Jersey. Snow Buntings are annual, they’re lovely to watch on the ground or in flight, and their life story is an inspiring one. Watching a flock feeding on a beach or a grassy parking lot is always a winter joy for me.

  34. In Nashville, we get lots of cardinals at our feeder (and on the ground beneath) year round, along with chickadees, titmice (titmouses?), and purple finches. There are also juncos, English sparrows, nuthatches, and woodpeckers (mostly downy and red-bellied), and an occasional rufus-sided towhee or two. Sometimes we’re descended upon by cowbirds or even grackles, and it’s not unusual to be visited by a bluejay as well. But none of the birds in this list have been spotted here.

  35. Rosy-finches! Sandia Mountains, just east of Albuquerque, NM was where I saw them last week. Banders capture them on Sundays at the deck of the Crest House where there are feeders. It’s at 10, 700 ft. and usually windy, but you can view them from inside easily (and warmly).

  36. This is not a good selection for the Middle Atlantic States, especially in SE Pa in the least not at my feeders

  37. I’m not likely to see many that you’ve listed where I live in central NC. I have seen huge flocks of snow geese in eastern NC – Pocosin National Wildlife Refuge. That was a wonderful experience. Closer to my home I enjoy the dark-eyed juncos and the white-throated sparrows that frequent my yard.

  38. I Live on the Pacific Coast at the mouth of the Columbia River. Last year I had the luck to see and get a picture of the evening grosbeck. They are a gorgeous bird. Have not seen any this winter

  39. My favorite winter birds are the sparrows. There are several varieties here and they all seem to get along well and eat and live together very peacefully and successfully.

  40. Justine, Great comments on these birds seldom seen in South Central Indiana. Wood peckers swarm our suet feeders! Buy the suet 60# at a time. Most folks “love our red heads”! would like to see a column about them. With identifiers. We have at least five varieties plus juveniles at our feeders.

  41. Good memories of seeing my first Evening Grosbeaks one Winter in Macon, GA 40+ years, in box elder trees, one of their favorite foods.

  42. Thank you for these photos and descriptions. Without this blog I would not know of these Bird species.

  43. Some of these birds will come to see you but most require that you go looking for them. Birding is what led me to conservation. If we help the birds we help ourselves.

  44. The Varied Thrush and the Western Blue Birds both appear at lower altitudes during the winter her in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

  45. As a nature photographer in Central New York State, I enjoy photographing birds around the house as well as in more distant natural settings. Backyard favorites are the Northern Cardinal, Chickadees and the Red-bellied Woodpecker. Snowy Owls and Snow Buntings draw me into the snow-covered fields in the rural countryside. Wild Turkeys are another wild land bird of interest. I share my work by blogging a photo journal at

  46. I live on the third floor of a building about 200 yards from Lake Michigan in Evanston. I have two feeders, one with sunflower seeds the other with thistle. We get a mix of house finches, chicadees, cardinals, gold finches, juncos, downeys, starlings, nuthatches, mourning doves and sparrows.

  47. Our favorites locally in the Sierra foothills and Sacramento Valley include the Cedar Waxwings and the Snow Geese. Your article inspired us to take a winter road trip sometime soon. Thank you for the information and beautiful photos!

  48. The red belly woodpeckers, chasing starlings away from the sunflower feeders

  49. I now live in So. California so I watch/feed the hummies. As I’m from central Canada (Manitoba) I always loved to watch/feed the Chickadees and my favorite was the Canada Goose. Now I get to see the Canada Goose at the San Diego Zoo, many have decided to stay as the pickings are just right, and several are found around the local golf courses. As for the Chickadees, I have to read about them in my Birds & Blooms magazine.

  50. The hooded mergansers, wigeons and gadwalls that winter on Shark River Bay in N.J. It’s amazing to see how many birds call this place “south for the winter”.

  51. I am especially fond of the redpolls at my winter feeder. Last year I had a flock of thirty plus come every day. They are good sharers and got along very well with my goldfinches. This year I only have four or five so it must not be a harsh winter in Canada. Yesterday a very confused looking redwing blackbird spent the entire day in the feeder tree. It’s way too early for him to be this far north.

  52. The Cardinal! Both the brilliant red male.and the orange-beaked, grayish female are great fun to watch at the feeders where they often chase Sparrows or Juncos away. They feed on the ground as well as on the feeders and one can often see the male feeding the female. There may also be two males and one female that seem to stay together.

  53. It would be great to know where people are writing from. Our Eugene, Oregon feeder in winter attracts Black-capped Chickadees, Oregon Junkos, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Flickers, Downey and an occasional Hairy Woodpecker, Steller’s Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, Varied Thrush and of course chatty Crows. We hear owls at night but don’t see them. We’ve recently had a Cooper’s Hawk visiting. We also have Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds. What joy these birds bring.

  54. The Common Redpoll. I know when they have arrived as I can hear them talking in the trees.

  55. I am from Sudbury, Ontario. I wait anxiously for the arrival of the Commom Redpoll which arrive from the Tundar usually in January. I first hear them squeaking in the distance and within a few days they are at my feeders. I also get the Goldfinches and Pine Grossbeaks. I think the male Redpoll us so handsome .

  56. Like so many others, I love my Northern Cardinals. We have them year round here in western Oklahoma. They feed on wild berries year round but we feed with black sun flower seeds. Many different birds pass through our area and come for the summer. When it snows our feeder and yard are full of Cardinals. We see them daily.

  57. I loved looking at these photos! I paint birds, and love all winter birds!

    Thank you!

  58. The Cardinal! Stark Winter brings the Cardinal to brighten dreary day!
    When they sit on snowy branch, their stark color seems to glow!!!!

  59. Thanks this was very helpful for my science fair project! Btw they all are my favorite. They are all really cute, colorful, and interesting to research on!!!!:):):):):):)

  60. please may I use one of your photos to include in a winter painting? I do not sell my work and would of course acknowledge the source ref.
    I live in the UK so want my painting to be accurate, background is American landscape.
    My favourite is the Goshawk

    1. Hi Sarah, Thank you for your interest! Most of the images that we used are Creative Commons from Flickr – I’m not sure what their policy is on using images as inspiration in paintings. The Nature Conservancy has permission to use the goshawk photo, but the photographer Bruce Taubert holds the copyright. It would be best to contact him for permission – this was the best contact info I could find:

  61. I’m an senior now, but back in the 1950’s in the Pittsburgh suburbs I was walking home from a cousins house in a snow shower. In the brush along the side of the field , was a flock of probably 40 Redpolls.
    All I knew at the time was that they where not birds I was use to seeing in Western Pa.
    I was taking biology in Highschool from a wonderful teacher named Beulah Fry. She pulled out her copy of Peterson, and helped me identify the little birds with the red spot on their heads. That was the start of a lifelong interest , so I’ve always had a soft spot for these little visitors from the cold North!

  62. Cardinals, juncos, blue jays, chicadees, nuthatches, downy and hairy woodpeckers, goldfinches,

  63. I saw a flock of Bohemian Waxwings in Nova Scotia last winter . Beautiful birds !

  64. In years past , we’ve had quite a variety of birds, finches, chickadees, etc. Our favorite winter birds seem to be missing! A few chickadees have come by to eat and occasionally some woodpeckers, otherwise no birds. Only saw 3 cardinals through the Summer and Fall. We had a warmed bird bath and took it down due to the birds using it very rarely. We put out suet, black oil sunflower seeds as well as song bird and finch mixtures. Is this a problem in southern Vermont with others?

  65. I guess you can say they are all my favorites… sometime while riding along, listening to can see birds up ahead, high in the sky, dancing to the music…it is amazing and beautiful….

  66. Ptarmigan! I love driving up to Guanella Pass in Colorado and seeing them in different plumages throughout the year until their best offering comes through, pure white in the winter time. (And there’s a little known hot spot in someone’s backyard in Georgetown to see Brown Capped Rosy Finches to round out the day.

    1. Jeffrey, another good Colorado location for Ptarmigan is Mt. Evans just above Summit Lake. Thanks for the tip about the Rosies. I have yet to see one while living in CO. Any chance you’d be willing to give more detailed location information?

  67. Birds are looking so good and snow goshawk is a of them that I like.

  68. I live near Grand Junction, CO. Winter is a great time to drive up Grand Mesa (Elev. 11,000+ft.) where I have seen White-winged and Red Crossbills, Gray Jays and Steller’s Jay. My hobby is wildlife photography and my website is:

  69. I like little birds not listed here: Black capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmouses and Dark eyed Juncos(snowbirds).

  70. Did not know the Common Red poll would burrow into the snow. VERY INTERESTING.

  71. Juncos Juncos Juncos below my feeder – but I seldom see them unless snow is on the ground.

  72. Good Morning. We are seeing woodpeckers, gold finchs, titmouse, chickadees, sparrowsand a gray and black bird with a long beak??? In our feeders, we have fruit and seed fat squares (suet) and wild bird food seeds. We would like to get some cardinals to our feeder. We live in a condo with western exposure and the feeder is on our deck.
    Can you help identify the gray bird and suggest how we could get some cardinals to our feeder. And perhaps suggest what to buy as far as seed and suets. We live in north central Massachusetts.
    Thank you,
    George and Adele Hale

  73. Growing up east of Albany N.Y. in the 1960s and 70s, we had flocks of Grosbeaks yearly. Literally 15 – 20 on a window feeder. I am not sure what is happening up there now, as I live just north of Phila., Pa. No Grosbeaks whatsoever here. It makes me sad as it looks like they could be in the area from what I have read. I have been feeding for years here. All the normal eastern birds: titmice, sparrows, goldfinch, purple finch, downy woodpeckers, red bellied woodpeckers, chickadees, cardinals, grackle, towhee, hawks (watch my feeders!).

    Any info on Grosbeaks??????

    Thank you!

  74. should I put out suet blocks for birds in the winter and bird seed, and should I take in the food during a snow storm….

  75. Well, I have a Snow Bunting. He arrived on May 1st and is still here. He has his breeding plumage. I have gotten a couple pictures but they are not the best. He moves so quickly.
    He comes to my feeder. Stays mostly in bushes.
    Shouldn’t the Snow Bunting be back in the Artic by now? This is the first time I have spotted the Snow Bunting. Also, a first this week was the Blue Bunting!
    I live in Southampton, New Jersey in the Pinelands.

  76. I love the snowy owl but i have done a rough draft for the tundra and i cant remember what it was and it was not a snowy owl so can you please help me for our project in school.

    1. Hi Greta, Thank you for your interest! If you are having trouble it is okay to ask your teacher or a librarian how to find this information. Your assignment may even have specific instructions about where to look.

  77. I like my feeder birds here In Michigan. We have Cardinals, Finches, titmice, 2 kinds of nuthatches, black eyed juncos, chickadees, downy and hairy woodpecker along with 2 pairs of Red bellied woodpeckers and we can’t forget the sparrows. We have quite a few feeders.

  78. Chardonerays , Citelle , Mésanges, Pinsons , Perdrix , Fésants , Dindes sauvages ,Bartavelles ,Coques de Bruyères, Tourterelles ,Grives ,Rouge gorges , Pics ,Piverts ( rouges et verts ) ,Pies ,Martin pêcheurs , Moineaux , jays, Cokatou gris, unamed song birds of Alabama ( green yellow red )
    There are some interesting birds , insects and trees there 🙂

  79. Absolutely gorgeous, every one! Isn’t nature amazing? Terrific shots!

  80. There is a flock of birds in lower Summerland BC that are quite small do you know what they are ? They are very dark in color.

    1. Hi Joyce, It would be very difficult to ID them from a description. If you have a photo, I suggest sharing it on iNaturalist – the community there is great at identifying birds and other wildlife.

  81. Juncos, towhees, mountain mats, thrashers, lots and lots of Rosie’s this a.m.

  82. Our favorite is the spiffy Harris sparrow. It visits the feeder but keeps a bit separated from juncos and house sparrows, claims roosting territory conifers and bushes, noticeably larger and respected but not aggressive. The Harris range hugs the Missouri River. The March/April song is similar to the white-throated, also uncannily similar to a toddler’s slow ABC song, through letter F.

  83. THANK YOU ! Able to ID the flock of Snow Buntings that have been flying low over our cranberry bogs for several weeks now — they’re just too fast to ID with binocs.

  84. Just had a large flock of snowbirds in my pasture. We are in upstate NY and wonder which birds they are.
    They most closely resemble the snow bunting; really cute and we see them only in spring and fall going and coming. They never stay long. I wonder what they actually eat? We have a foot of snow cover with just few bare spots and it’s very windy.

  85. My husband was hunting and saw a dark green 3″ bird which sat on his hunting stand unafraid of him. It was with a group of other birds feeding on a cedar tree. I’ve been a birder for years and have looked in all my books, Internet and can’t find the bird. Frustrated, I though I would ask an expert. If you can help me, Thank you

    1. Hi Tamara, If you have a picture, I recommend submitting it to iNaturalist – the community there will likely be able to identify it. Without a picture it’s going to be difficult to get an identification. Thank you! Here is the link to iNaturalist:

  86. The house finch is one of my favourites. The singing is beautiful to hear. Such happy calls. This little bird cames many days and sits high in a tall pine tree outside my window.

  87. I live in Idaho, the southwest area. Will I see these birds here in the winter or are these seen mainly in the northeast?

    1. You can spot most of these in southwest Idaho. I live here too and have seen a number of these birds, including the snowy owl, crossbill, Bohemian waxwing and snow bunting.

  88. I love seeing male and female Cardinals every year. Juncos are nice. I once saw a Snowy Owl by Tifft Farm Nature Preserve. BYE THE WAY;
    For the past 10 I keep seeing this tiny bird in my backyard. Today I finally got a better look. It had a white ring around it’s eyes. Black eyes, brown body, cream underbelly and most importantly; he flies back and forth, from branch to branch at lightening speed. It is less than 3 inches long. It likes to hang out in treetops or very high branches. It’s very hard to catch a glimpse, he’s so fast and fleeting. I’m in Buffalo, NY. Do you have a few ideas as to what kind of bird this is? Thank You, Greg.

  89. They’re all amazing cheep cheeps… I do have a thing for chickadees because they are so cute and sweet, but they’re all equally wonderful to see and feed…even Mr. Squirrel (or piglet as I sometimes call him)

  90. Loving this site. We feed the birds
    and look for them daily. Such a

    Thank you so much.

  91. I need to see the huge white ,long necked and long legged birds with a head like that of a parrot

  92. Snow Buntings. We feed a flock of approximately every winter since we started feeding birds about 8 years ago. The flock starts out small in early winter when the first “scouts” show up and within a week the rest arrive. They feed here several times a day and mostly feed on the ground. They will, however, land on our larger platform feeders that we adorn with spruce boughs.

  93. Two years ago a Snow Bunting showed up in breeding mode. What a beautiful sight. He stayed through most of May. We live in south central New Jersey .

  94. Dark eyed Juncos- happy little busy birds, They are winter favorites.

  95. How about Pine Grosbeaks? Big, showy, friendly – they are definitely my favorite winter bird.

  96. How about Pine Grosbeaks? Big, showy, friendly – they are definitely my favorite winter bird. They’ve brightened up winter days for me n both Colorado and Alaska.

  97. Pine Siskins, they along with many other winter birds are absent from my winter feeders now days.
    Climate change has had a drastic effect on the bird population, here in central Kansas.

  98. Bald Eagles
    Pileated Woodpeckers
    Red-Bellied Woodpeckers
    Snowy Owls

  99. We’ve been feeding birds here in Maine at this location for about 35 years. I’m attempting a complete list:
    Winter Feeder Birds:
    hairy and downy woodpeckers
    pileated woodpeckers
    red-bellied woodpeckers
    bluebirds, only today (so far)
    purple finches
    mourning doves

    Other common birds in and around my yard in Winter:
    bald eagle
    small hawks
    turkey vulture

  100. Cardinals, chickadees and kinglets. The latter because of their ability to stay warm and the Cardinals because of their red Color against the white snow.

  101. I live in Connecticut, and I’ve never seen ANY of these species. Around here, winter birds include: black-capped chickadees, slate-colored juncos, white-breasted nuthatches (and the occasional red-breasted nuthatch), cedar waxwings, downy woodpeckers (and the occasional red-bellied woodpecker), blue jays, starlings, cardinals, and sometimes a brown creeper. My favorites are the small birds, the chickadees and the juncos.

  102. I love the cardinals the best. They stand out so beautiful in the snow. I think they are Gods angels sending me messages.

  103. Hoary and Common Redpolls, at least, in part for the rarity of their appearance. When living in Central Ontario the species seen varied greatly from year to to year. Redpolls I saw two out of seven years Many years we saw only six species until migration, for us ,started with robins and and crows around the beginning of March In a good year beauties included grosbeaks. Evening Grosbeaks are gaudy if you but interesting in their migration pattern. I first saw them in Niagara-on=the-Lake in 1980, the year I identified House Finches. In 1986 we moved 400 km or 250 miles door to door.. The sixth winter I saw none. . Evening and Pine grosbeaks were also seen, Finches Gold, Purple and House were sometimes seen and Pine Siskins, Gold Crested and Ruby Crowned Kinglets.. Not abeauty but certainly outstanding is the Piliated Woodpecker. In St Catharines I used hear Cardinals until their range receded south. Living in the north I saw some singing their their hearts out, in the next township while working during the census. There was one on the island. I heard it. I heard over over. It was in a thicet beside road beside one neighbour who never saw and behind the Indian famly who did. It hid when I went over cos I could only listen and only from the road.

  104. We have a white sparrow size bird by our feeder. It has a few gray feathers towards its backside. Yellow beak & the size of the sparrows its feeding with. Was wondering if anyone knows of this kinda bird?

    1. Hi Lynne — have you tried the Merlin Bird App from Cornell Ornithology? It made a huge difference for helping me ID birds at my feeder and an on wider travels.

  105. Flickers for there
    A. formation of flying
    B. Distance they travel
    C. Team work
    D. Dangerous to Aircrafts

    Please help me out with the name of this bird as I explain to you below: Next is the bird that hides his/her head in the snow(I do not know what is name called). But it is white color like snow and is trying to camel flash and puts hiss head in the snow that now one see him/her but it get hunted due to its body out side of snow ⛄️ it give it away.
    In a way I use this when some one has done some wrong thing and they thing they can get away with it. Everyone know whats going on except that person himself.

  106. we have a certain bird that only comes around in the winter, just before the first snow, then leaves after the last snow fall. I always thought they were called “snowbirds”. I can not find them on the internet. They are a small bird, beautiful charcoal gray on their back and a pure white belly. Can you tell me and show a picture of what they actually are. I am here in Western Missouri, around Kansas City Mo.

  107. Not sure what it’s called……..Small, almost humming bird sized with eyes larger than usual. Similar to a grey sparrow with large eyes. New Mexico, 4000 feet elevation, wintertime. Saw one for the first time this week.

  108. Years ago I saw a snowy owl on a garage roof in Sussex county nj. It was such a rarity and so beautiful that crowds gathered every day to see it.

    What’s happening in your home in Australia with all the fires?

    1. Hi Shayna, I too saw my first snowy owl in New Jersey! It’s great to have you as a reader. Unfortunately, things are quote serious here in Australia. Our fire season started in November, and to date about 5 million hectares have burned, with dozens of lives lost and more than a thousand homes burned down. (For comparison, this is an area is twice the size of Belgium and more than 6 times the amount of land burned in the recent 2018 California fire season.) The science is clear that climate change is causing an increase in dangerous fire weather across Australia. The Australian Climate Council has a great resource if you’d like to learn more:

  109. Grey-crowned rosy-finches! We have what seems like hundreds of them that descend on our property to overwinter here in south-central CO. We provide them with 2 feeders of black oil sunflower seeds and 1 suet feeder. We have SO many of them that at times, the pitter-patter sound of them walking around on our roof is LOUD!

  110. I worry this year because the small birds ( chickadees, juncos, wintering goldfinches, house finches white breasted nuthatches and the red breasted ones,) seem to be far less in numbers and less frequent visitors as well. The red breasted ones talk with me and eat from my hand. There are many hawks around. They seem bolder and closer all the time! The cardinals come in pairs to feed around 9 AM and at the odd times through the day, especially just after dusk . Is that because the hawks can’t see them as well at that time? We feed sunflower seed and have a heated water dish. The doves bathe in the heated water even when it is well below zero outside! There is a great blue heron resident in a ravine nearby. In migration season there are visits for a few days, of north-bound birds such as ovenbirds and olive backed thrush, scarlet ( or maybe summer), tanagers. And an occasional brown thrasher. We live in Markham Ontario.

  111. In Kenosha, WI if I see a cardinal I feel honored. I have just the small birds native to this Midwest area year round.

  112. I am just getting into recognizing the different species of birds participating in my feeder, and I am loving it! They are very interesting creatures, each with their own habits.

  113. I have just seen about 20 small, light red-chested birds playing in the trees in my yard. Can they be robins
    cardinals are one of my favorites.

  114. Just this “morning” I got Sight of 2 Evening Grosbeaks in my feeders! Very Beautiful! I put out sunflower seeds just about daily, and mealworm mixes. It attracts so many gorgeous beauties! I get Bluejays (of course-they’re quite chubby!!), Redheaded Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Cardinals this winter ❄️. This is our first winter here in NW PA. In Summer we had many Bluebirds!?. I am making a couple of houses for them, for Spring. We have acreage that brings in much wildlife!

  115. I know they’re not just winter birds but I love the chickadees. I’m lucky enough to have several varieties in the area so it’s fun to look for the differences

  116. I live on the South Shore of Long Island, halfway between Manhattan and Montauk. All of my 82 years, during the winter and seemingly especially in snowy weather, rather plain gray birds which we called “Snowbirds” were always around and about. Right now it is about 33 degrees and snowing vigorously.
    Outside of my window there are many of these same birds eating out of my bird feeder. I cannot find a description/identification of these creatures in a comprehensive Birdbook OR on Google, OR any listing for “Snowbirds”. Everything I find shows birds of wintertime which are more colorful.
    Can you help me with a true identification for these birds ? Would be most appreciative. Thanks.

    1. Hi Thomas, I think these might be dark-eyed juncos? Best, Justine

  117. Robins and ringneck pheasantsand the Himalayan Bulbul

  118. I came across a wad or ball of small birds huddled together in what looked like a ball of feathers, probably 20 or so birds. This ball of birds were attached to the NW stucco wall of my house in mid winter, under the eaves of the roof. My home is in Homer, Alaska, a coastal town not usually that cold but occasionally an arctic air mass dominates, bringing -20f temperatures. Such was the day I found this ball of birds. I did not disturb them but have since tried to find out what species of birds behaves by forming such a ball of feathers to protect themselves from extreme cold.

  119. 01/03/22 We had snow this morning in northwest Georgia.I spotted a rare bird i have never saw before in these parts.Looked it up and it was a Bohemian Waxwing.I wonder wat he was doing this far south.Hope its not a testament to wat kind of weather were goin to have this winter.It had the pinkest head beautiful

  120. Thank you for identifying the Redpolls for me! Im in Northern Michigan and saw unfamiliar birds eating the frozen apples on our trees in early January. They were about the size of a grosbeak ( maybe a little smaller) were fawn brown ( that light color btw grey and light brown) with yellow ( and some orange) heads and a swath of the same color at the base of the tail, not the tip. They were here and gone…… any ideas what they were?

  121. All of them! I usually hear Nuthatches and the Juncos visit close to the house. Sometimes stay under my vehicle. I had a batch nesting in my hanging geranium a few years ago.

  122. Downy woodpecker, Gila woodpecker,. Cardinals, bluejay, titmice, doves, chickadees, juncos, greater woodpecker, canary
    I really enjoy bird watching.