Attracting Birds In Winter

Cardinal bird

There are three excellent reasons why we should be attracting birds in winter;




  • First, because winter is when the birds seem to need our care and to be in some way dependent upon us.

It is not the cold from which they suffer. In their warm, feathered suits they are probably just as comfortable out of doors as we are at our firesides.

It is when prolonged storms prevent them from venturing forth to feed, or heavy snows cover the weed stalks, or ice encases the tree limbs that we may come to their relief and save them from starvation.

  • Second, because in the silence and solitude of winter the companionship of birds is more welcome than at any other time of the year.

The twittering Juncos at our doorstep, the Nuthatches, and Woodpeckers at our suet-baskets, the Chickadees that take food from our hands, are not only our welcome guests but our personal friends.

  • Third, because the winter is the best season in which to begin the study of birds. You will not then be discouraged by the overwhelming abundance of bird-life of migration time of spring and summer.

Below are charts of winter birds in the northern United States and southern Canada. We also have a chart of winter birds in the southern United States, both permanent resident and winter visitor.

We have a number of tips on winter bird feeding.

It is not only what we give them, but what they give us, that should make us thankful for attracting birds in winter.

Permanent and Winter Visitor Birds in Northern United States and Southern Canada

Permanent and Winter Visitor Birds in Northern United States 1-19

1. Bob-white

2. Bob- white, female

3. Ruffed Grouse

4. Red-shouldered Hawk, adult

5. Red- tailed Hawk, young

6. Red- tailed Hawk, adult

7. Sparrow Hawk, male

8. Sparrow Hawk, female

9. Cooper's Hawk, young female

10.Cooper's Hawk , adult male 

11.Sharp-shinned Hawk, adult male

12.Sharp-shinned Hawk, young female

13.Screech Owl, gray phase

14.Screech Owl 

15.Barred Owl

16.Great Horned Owl

17.Long-eared Owl

18.Short-eared Owl

19.American Crow

Permanent and Winter Visitor Birds in Northern United States 20-63

20. Blue Jay

21. Flicker, male

22. Flicker, female

23. Meadowlark

24. Starling, winter

25. Starling, summe

26. Downy Woodpecker , male

27. Downy Woodpecker, female

28. Hairy Woodpecker, male

29. Hairy Woodpecker , female 

30. English Sparrow, male

31. English Sparrow, female

32. Purple Finch, female

33. Purple Finch, male

34. Song Sparrow

35. Goldfinch, female

36. Goldfinch, male

37. Chickadee

38. White- breasted Nuthatch, male

39. White-breasted Nuthatch, female

40. Cedar Wax wing

Winter Visitor Birds of The Northern United States and some Southern Canada

These are birds which come from the North in the Fall and usually remain until Spring:

41. Pine Grosbeak, male

42. Pine Grosbeak, female

43. Siskin

44. Northern Shrike

45. Snow Bunting

46. Winter Wren

47. Brown Creeper 

48. Red-breasted Nuthatch, male 

49. Red-breasted Nuthatch, female

50. Golden-crowned Kinglet , female

51. Golden-crowned Kinglet, male

52. Saw-whet Owl

53. Prairie Horned Lark

54. Junco

55. Tree Sparrow

56. White-throated Sparrow, adult

57. White- throated Sparrow, young

58. Redpoll, female

59. Redpoll, male

60. American Crossbill

61 American Crossbill, female

62 White- winged Crossbill, male

63 White-winged Crossbill , female

Winter Birds of the southern United States 

Tips on Feeding Winter Birds 





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