While the weather is swinging wildly from unseasonably warm temperatures one week to the brutal cold of the Polar Vortex the next, and many of our wildlife gardens lie under a blanket of snow, winter is a great time to participate in some fun winter birding activities.

I’ve put together a list of fun birding adventures for young and old to do, some from within the warmth of your own home looking through a window overlooking your wildlife garden, some to meet other birders in your neighborhood, and some a little further afield.

So grab your binoculars, and let’s head out so see some winter birds!

Here are some cold winter birding activities you can do:

Feeding Birds: Providing food for birds during winter is a great way to help them survive and attract them to your backyard for easy viewing. Fill bird feeders with black oil sunflower seeds, suet cakes, or other high-fat foods to keep birds warm and energized.

Winter Bird Watching: With fewer leaves on the trees, winter can be an excellent time to observe birds in their natural habitats. Dress warmly and bring a pair of binoculars to help you get a closer look at the different species of birds in your area.

Nest Box Monitoring: Installing a nest box in your yard and monitoring it throughout the winter can provide valuable insights into bird behavior and nesting patterns. Keep an eye out for signs of activity, such as birds entering and leaving the box, and keep track of your observations in a journal.

Bird Photography: Winter can provide unique opportunities for bird photography, as the low sun angle can create beautiful lighting conditions. Use a tripod, a telephoto lens, and a bird identification book to capture stunning images of the birds in your area.

Birding Excursions: Join a local birding club or attend a guided bird walk to explore new habitats and observe a wider variety of birds. These outings can also provide opportunities to connect with other bird enthusiasts and learn about the different species in your area.

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