Winter birding in Vermont acts as a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the diversity of bird species that endure the cold and the snow. From year-round resident species such as black-capped chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and crows, to the highly anticipated visitors from the north including raptors, bunting, larks, sparrows, and finches, the Vermont landscape is certainly not devoid of life as the snow flies. Take a glimpse into winter birding with Community Science and Chapter Engagement AmeriCorps member, Jacob Crawford, in the following short video:
Winter is an excellent time to witness the excitement and drama that unfolds in the avian world as birds weather the cold and spend most of their time searching for food. While there are few leaves left on the trees to obstruct our view of the birds that we encounter, birds are less vocal than they typically are in the spring and summer months, and this can make detecting them especially difficult. Slowing down, looking and listening carefully, and spending time in areas that offer birds food and shelter such as unfrozen lakes, weedy fields, brushy areas, and dense conifers, are helpful tips to aid your winter birding success. There are also many ways for birders to engage in community science programs in the wintertime. Those interested can participate in Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs), conduct Climate Watch surveys, embark on a search for one of Vermont's largest raptors during the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, or watch birds close to home during the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Winter offers many opportunities to engage with the birds, fellow bird enthusiasts, and the stunning landscape and wildlife of Vermont. So, grab a warm drink, layer up, and get ready to enjoy birds this winter!