When the weather turns cool and the snow starts to fall, it can be tempting to bundle yourself indoors and not come out until spring. While winter activities in general are good for your health—get your vitamin D, fresh air, and exercise!—birdwatchers in particular know that the winter months are just the time for spotting feathered friends, some of whom are only around at the coldest time of year.
With a more neutral backdrop and fewer leaves in the way, amateur birdwatchers may find some species are easier to spot. They are also easier to lure to your yard, as food may be scarce elsewhere. Spruce up your yard with a bird feeder or these great birdseed ornaments, and give local birds a place to shelter from the elements with a cozy birdhouse.
A birdbath provides winter visitors with much-needed water. Consider keeping your outdoor cat inside for a while to give birds a chance to inspect your locale, and leave fallen autumn foliage to decompose on its own to give insects and other potential bird snacks a place to thrive. With the stage set, here are some feathered friends you can expect to see:
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