By Emmi Scott
Birds in the Winter
Even as temperatures drop and other animals go to ground, you can still find birds enjoying the winter. This is one of the best seasons to spot them, as feathers of all different colors stand out against the white snow. Whether a bird has bright plumage or a brown tuft of feathers, they look brilliant during the winter. Here are the 20 best bird photos ever.
20 Best Winter Bird Photos
Five little birds sit together on a branch in the cold.
A white-breasted nuthatch perches on a branch next to pine cones. White-breasted nuthatches are gray-blue on the back with a white face and breast. They also have a black or gray cap and neck, which makes it appear as if the bird is wearing a hood.
The common ringed plover stands out on the snow-covered ground.
A great tit, whose scientific name is Parus major, looks brilliantly yellow among red berries. The great tit tends to live in forests, parks, gardens, and hedges.
This mustard yellow bird searches for a winter meal on berry-covered branches.
A northern cardinal is conspicuously red in a snowstorm.
Three yellow and black great-tit(s) sit together on a branch against a backdrop of a snowstorm, orange leaves, and blue sky.
Six beautiful birds perch next to each other.
A female European stonechat holds on to a frosted perch. These birds thrive in open country. They tend to live in heathland, moorland, and rough grassland.
Four northern cardinals sit together in this winter bird photo. Although the two males have brighter feathers, the two female cardinals look especially beautiful against the snowy backdrop. Cardinals don’t migrate, so they’re often spotted during the winter.
Birds in the Snow
The blue and orange kingfisher is especially striking in the snow. They live along streams and shorelines in North America. They have a loud, rattling call that lets birdwatchers know that a kingfisher is in the area.
Two red-crowned cranes spread their wings in a snowstorm. You have likely seen these birds in Chinese and Japanese paintings and ceramics.
The black raven especially regal in this profile shot.
A bright blue and green bird perched on a snow-covered evergreen tree.
The male bullfinch scarfs down a berry, bearing its orange breast.
A lone male cardinal sits among branches in the twilight.
The mountain bluebird’s brilliant feathers evoke thoughts of spring. Their color is a particular shade of blue called cerulean. Mountain bluebirds live in western North America, preferring open habitats with perches or nest boxes.
A bluejay stands on top of a snowy bush. Bluejays are known as particularly noisy birds. They tend to live in areas with large trees, and they often visit feeders, so put one in your yard if you’d like to spot them!
A barred owl, also known as a hoot owl, sits on a birch tree surrounded by berries. Barred owls live in forests near water and are most active at night.
A young male snowy owl almost blends in with its surroundings, except for the green foliage behind it. Hedwig, Harry Potter’s owl, was famously a snowy owl. They are the largest North American owl. In the winter, you can often find them in the northern plains, New York, New England, and southern Canada. In the summers, snowy owls hunt far north of the Arctic Circle.