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
Last 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
Let’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
- Bread is NOT Bird Food
- Winter Food for Birds
- Berry Producing Shrubs for Overwintering Birds
- Best Berries for Birds in the Winter Wildlife Garden
The Winter Wildlife Garden
- Caring for Birds in the Winter Wildlife Garden
- How to Provide Water for Birds When the Birdbath Freezes
- Blizzard Birds
- Winter Birds in the Wildlife Garden
- Feathers, Warmth, and Winter
Seeing Winter Birds
Winter Birding Near Home
Winter Travel Birding
At 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.
- Birding Asa Wright Nature Center
- The Scarlet Ibis of Trinidad
- Birding in Tikal National Park, Guatemala
- A View from Temple IV
- Attracting Birds and Birders
And Don’t Miss
The 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
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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