5 of Canada’s Favorite Winter Birds

Winter can be a cold, bleak and depressing time of year, yet there is incredible beauty, if you know where to look. Birds that are usually hidden by dense foliage are revealed by the starkness of the frozen landscape. It is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of elusive birds such as the pileated woodpecker. In an otherwise white and gray landscape, birds add a much needed splash of color.

This winter, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is encouraging Canadians to get outside and take time for nature. Many of you have shared your favorite winter pastimes with us, and one of the most popular is, of course, birding.

We asked our supporters: Which is your favorite winter bird? Here are a few of their answers:

“I love our blue jays! Even in the winter, they mimic the sounds of summertime clotheslines.” ~ Janet Rossetti

“I love that bright flash of color that catches your eye against the white backdrop of a winter day; yes, the cardinal is one of my favorites.” ~ Ron Ferguson

“The hummingbird is one of my favorites. He tries hard to own my backyard all year round. There is a female who sneaks a drink from one of three feeders but is quickly chased away. Snow, rain or shine.” ~ LuLu Chris-Jansen

“The gyrfalcon. Did you know that the gyrfalcon was once a hunting bird, highly respected by the Vikings.” ~ ehCanadaTravel.com

“Female pileated woodpecker eating at my bird feeder upside down!” ~ Anne Newhouse

Want to see birds AND help with important science? Join the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 14-17!

Written by Nicole Evelyn Senyi, the digital marketing coordinator of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). This post originally appeared on Land Lines, the NCC blog.

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Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Y3 years ago

Thank you

Kamia T.
Kamia T3 years ago

Hummingbirds in Canada, in winter?!!! Mine leave by the middle of August to late September, long before the winter cold sets in. And I agree that in addition to feeding from feeders, I've ended up with a lot more birds by simply tossing seed and organic cracked corn onto the ground and deck where I live.

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M3 years ago

Thank you. Love birds.

John S.
Past Member 3 years ago

Its amazing that only 25% of birds foods come from feeders in winters, you probably should throw some on the ground.

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy3 years ago

How important these dinosaurs are in our lives.

Judith C.
Judith C3 years ago


Justin M.
Justin M3 years ago