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Winter Songbirds – Our Favorite Visitors

As the chill of winter settles over Grand Rapids, our backyards become a bustling hub for various winter songbirds. For those who love birdwatching, this season offers a delightful array of common feathered friends. Flowerland invites you to explore and get to know these regular winter visitors.

Spotlight on Common Winter Songbirds

Dark-eyed Junco

Often referred to as the ‘snowbird,’ these little gray birds become a common sight in winter. Watch for them foraging on the ground for seeds.

Northern Cardinal

The brilliant red of the male cardinal is a striking contrast against the white snow. These birds are often seen at feeders, adding a splash of color to your garden.

Blue Jay

Known for their loud calls and beautiful blue plumage, Blue Jays are a lively addition to the winter landscape. They enjoy a variety of foods, including seeds and suet.

American Goldfinch

In winter, these birds trade their bright yellow summer coats for a more subdued olive-brown. Goldfinches are particularly fond of thistle feeders.

Black-capped Chickadee

These tiny, energetic birds are a joyful presence. They often flit to and from feeders, grabbing a seed before zipping away.

Tufted Titmouse

With their distinctive crest and echoing calls, Titmice are a pleasure to observe. They enjoy sunflower seeds and can be quite bold at feeders.

White-throated Sparrow

These charming sparrows with their distinctive white throat patch can often be seen scratching at the ground beneath feeders, searching for fallen seeds.

House Finch

With their cheerful red heads and melodic song, House Finches are a common sight at feeders, particularly enjoying sunflower seeds.

Mourning Dove

These gentle birds, with their soft cooing, often visit feeders or peck at the seeds spilled on the ground.

Bird Feeding Tips for Winter

While these birds are frequent visitors to our backyards, providing them with a reliable food source can offer them much-needed nourishment during the colder months. Here are a few tips for winter bird feeding:

  • Choose a variety of feeders and seeds to attract different species.
  • Place feeders in a sheltered location to protect birds from harsh weather.
  • Keep feeders clean to prevent the spread of diseases.
  • Provide fresh water in a heated birdbath or a shallow dish.

Watching these common winter songbirds can be a delightful and serene experience, offering a closer connection with nature during the cold months. Flowerland encourages you to enjoy the simple pleasure of birdwatching and to play a part in supporting our feathered friends. Remember, every bird, common or rare, plays a crucial role in our ecosystem, and appreciating their presence is a testament to the beauty of nature.


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