Winter Birds

Snow Robin

Winter Birds: You many think that enjoying birds is not a winter activity, but you can see and enjoy birds all year round. And winter is the best time for several birding adventures.

Recent Winter Birding Adventures

HQ 10Last week I wrote about some fun winter birding adventures for you and your kids to participate in.

I told the story of finding a Snowy Owl to observe (for you Harry Potter fans, Hedwig is a Snowy Owl).

And we talked about why there are so many Snowy Owls around this year (hint: it’s an irruption year).

I also made my annual trek to Barnegat Light, NJ to see what I think is the most beautiful duck. Harlequin Ducks can only be easily seen in winter because it breeds in the far north, and is quite secretive during breeding season.

And these are just my birding adventures for the past few weeks. But there’s so many other ideas for enjoying winter birds in your wildlife garden.

Birds in the Winter Wildlife Garden

Winter BirdhouseLet’s start with winter birds in your wildlife garden, and gather together for you some of our favorite tips for you:

Feeding Birds in Winter

The Winter Wildlife Garden

Seeing Winter Birds

Winter Birding Near Home

Winter Travel Birding

Purple Honeycreeper FemaleAt this time last year I was heading out for some tropical winter birding, a practice I highly recommend! There’s something really amazing about being in the tropics and seeing beautiful birds during the winter months.

And Don’t Miss

Ultimate Guide BirdsThe Ultimate Guide to Birdscaping Your Garden: Nearly one third of all U.S. birds are endangered, threatened or in significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive species, and other threats.

Habitat loss is the key in these declines. Yes, there are organizations devoted to protecting habitats, but the total amount of protected land in the U.S. is only 5% of available lands. And this is simply not enough.  80% of available land in this country is held privately, and that is where you and your Ecosystem Garden play a crucial role.

Every time we choose to create, restore, or protect habitat in our wildlife garden, we are choosing to become responsible for the health of the wildlife in our area. Here are 197 tips for birdscaping your garden

Your Turn

How are the winter birds in your wildlife garden doing?

What’s your favorite winter birds activity?

Have a favorite place to see winter birds?

Please leave a comment below and tell us all about your fun winter birding adventures.

Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.

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  1. says

    I participate in Project Feeder Watch so I am sure to spy a bird or two, or more, in my garden each day I count. I also have a heated bird bath which attracts most birds. I usually leave out peanuts for the blue jays each day but the crows, smart as they are, are now aware of this and usually beat the blue jays to them. Each winter I get at least one or two visits from hawks – just last week a young Cooper’s Hawk perched upon my Blue Heron (a driftwood piece shaped like one) after a swoop over one of the bird feeders – he or she was here for the House Sparrows of which I would sacrifice. This year my husband and I went South for our “holiday” birthdays for a change of pace. We visited Cedar Key which was a bird paradise! I saw many birds for the first time. The Oyster Catchers particularly caught my eye but I always enjoy Pelicans. I think I will make that trek again next year!


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