There are so many species of birds you can spot in the winter. From the Bohemian Waxwing to the Snow Bunting, you have your pick of majestic birds to look for in freezing temperatures. Below, find 12 species to keep an eye out for. A common winter birding misconception is that there are few birds to enjoy during the coldest months. In fact, many beautiful and unusual birds are eager to visit feeders in the winter because of scarce food supplies.
Field Guide/Birds/Eastern US and Canada
Red-breasted Nuthatch | Audubon Field Guide
The birds in this family are medium-sized and eat seeds. They have strong, cone-shaped bills that can crack open seeds. They usually live in open areas or at the edges of woodlands. They are found in North and South America. Males in this family are usually more brightly colored than females. There are around 58 species in this family of birds. Cardinalidae Photo Gallery.
Cardinals are passerine birds usually found in North and South America. They are known as cardinal-buntings, cardinal-grosbeaks, or redbird. One of the most common characteristics of a cardinal is that the males are bright red with a crest on their head, black feathers on their faces, and they have a short, orange beak. While cardinals are recognized by their coloring, only the male has the coloring as described above. The female cardinal has pale brown feathers and just the tips of their tails, wings, and crests have a reddish hue.
Unlike Northern cardinals, males and females have similar plumage, with dark gray above on the back of their necks and their stomachs. The head, crest and upper breast are bright red. The red-crested cardinal has a silver-gray bill and dark legs. Juveniles are similar in size to adults but lack the red feathers; instead, the head, crest and upper breast are brown and the bill is dark.