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Winter birds: 10 photos show birds making do with all that snow

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Wood Ducks are known as summertime residents of Ontario, but Larry Kirtley photographed the dapper drake above in the opposite season. His picture inspired us to see how many other winter scenes we could find in our Backyard and U.S. and Canada Galleries. The snowbirds below are some of our favorites.

Northern Flicker

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DANGLING WOODPECKER: We understand that this acrobatic male Northern Flicker enjoyed the berry suet cakes provided by David Geier all winter long.

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WELCOME COLOR: Mike O’Malley framed this spot of bright red against a cool gray background in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Snow Bunting

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SURPRISE BUNTING: We’re accustomed to looking for this species in open, windswept spaces. This bird was on birdware’s backyard deck.

American Coot

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BIGFOOT: Neither photographer Joshua Clark nor the coot was too cold to make this picture. They were at Portage Lakes, south of Akron, Ohio, early in February 2015.

American Tree Sparrow

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HARDY: American Tree Sparrow breeds across northern Canada but can be found across much of the United States in winter, even where it’s snowy. This one was at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. Brian Kushner took the photo.

Tufted Titmouse


CAN I COME IN? Alberto Lopez of Ithaca, New York, tells us he recorded this chilly scene from the comfort of his home.

California Quails

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MAKING TRACKS: This pair of quail were almost up to their scaled bellies in snow. Laure Wilson Neish took the photo in Penticton, British Columbia, in February 2015.

Common Redpoll

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WINTER FINCH: This Common Redpoll, photographed by Joshua Clark, was feeding on a trail at Lorain Impoundment in Ohio in January 2015.

Horned Lark


PEEK-A-BOO! We can barely see this Horned Lark. Lauren Shaffer found it in farm country in central Pennsylvania in February 2015.


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