Why Birding is Best During the Winter

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Depending on where you are, the species of birds you can see during winter might vary. The climate of the country you live in and the existence or non-existence of natural habitats also affect the birds you see during winter.

Contrary to popular belief, birding during winter isn’t exactly unproductive, cold, and dark. Winter has offers few but impressive surprises by making beautiful birds fly in the sky and show off their alluring appearances. Birding in winter allows you to feast your eyes on hundreds of birds hang out together. It’s a joy to see them gather and winter is the best season to watch them do just that.

If you’re in America, you’ll most likely have sparrows, doves, jays, bluebirds, juncos, nuthatches, robins, woodpeckers, and chickadees as backyard guests. If you’re in the northern regions, you might even come across pine siskins, evening grosbeaks, redpolls, and crossbills. If you’re in the southern regions, expect visits from hummingbirds, wrens, and warblers too.

Winter is a wonderful season to go birding and that’s because of the various birds you can spot.

If you’re in the U.S., here are the best birding spots you can go to during winter:


Popular Locations

Famous Birds


California Coast

Monterey Bay and Point Reyes National Seashore

Albatross and puffins

Observe rare but beautiful birds!


Everglades National Park, Corkscrew Swamp, Sanibel Island

Wood storks, limpkins, and swallowtail kites

The place has a perfect climate. Thanks to the cypress groves and swamps in Florida, birding can be enjoyed.

New Jersey Coast

Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center


The coastal climate in New Jersey coast is home to the waterfowl species

Southwest US

Arizona: Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Cave Creek Canyon, and Saguaro National Park

New Mexico: Chihuahuan Desert

Various species of birds can be found in those locations.

Lake Erie

Canada’s Point Pelee National Park and Ohio’s Magee Marsh

Hawks and songbirds

Their sandy beaches and freshwater marshes attract birds!


Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande

Flycatchers, Buntings, hawks, and hummingbirds

The locations allure various bird species.