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Many birders believe you just don't see as many birds in the winter, but dedicated backyard birders know better. With the right winter foods, liquid water in a heated birdbath and warm places for birds to roost, it's easy to attract many colorful and active birds to your feeders all winter long. What's more, there are many gorgeous birds in the field in the winter, if you know how to go birding in the cold. These reader submitted photos show that when the weather outside is frightful, the birding can be delightful!

Bald Eagle

This picture was photographed at the Conowingo Dam in northeastern Maryland.The Conowingo Dam is in the Susquehanna River.The dam is an amazingly good wild bird habitat and good fishing for the eagle…More

Pileated Woodpecker

This pileated woodpecker was photographed by me in the woods around my backyard in Pinch, West Virginia. It is mostly deciduous trees - oak, maple, beech, sourwood, dogwood, redbud, etc. We hear and …More

Female Cardinal in Snow

Silver Spring, Maryland. This was taken from my neighbor's porch where my camera was protected from the snow and I could innocuously hang out until the birds got used to me. I'm very happy to have go…More

Pretty Woodpecker

Cleveland, Tennessee. Warm winter so far, in my front yard right next to our road. Nothing seems to bother him. He has food and is very happy about chillin' in the yard and letting me sit for hours a…More

Eurasian Collared-Doves

My backyard feeder in Mcminnville, Oregon. They have stayed all winter, and frequent my feeders. I noticed them in the spring of 2010. I knew they were not a regular resident and did some investigati…More

Male Northern Cardinal

Highbanks Metro Park Nature Center Lewis Center, Ohio.It was a cloudy and cold day with light winds. There were many more birds there that day. In the area there are woods, trees, and down below is a…More

Eastern Bluebirds

Blendon Woods Metro Park Nature Center Window in Westerville, Ohio. There are three seed bird feeders, one suet feeder, one Nyjer seed feeder - they are located in a wooded area. There is a small wat…More

Varied Thrush

Taken in my backyard in Seattle (Northwest) Washington, just east of Puget Sound, about 500 feet above sea level. My neighborhood has an abundance of tall evergreen trees. My backyard also has a lot …More

American Tree Sparrow

This American tree sparrow was on the railing of my deck in suburban Minnesota. It was very bold, and I had no trouble getting numerous photos of him on the railing and at the feeding station on the …More

Mourning Dove

This is one of a flock of two dozen mourning doves that are over wintering in my suburban Minnesota yard. They regularly visit the feeding station on my deck, and are very easy to photograph. They do…More

Female Northern Cardinal

This female northern cardinal was looking for the sunflower seeds and peanut parts at the feeding station on my deck in a suburban Minnesota neighborhood. The snow was covering the food within minute…More

Northern Cardinal

This male northern cardinal was enjoying the sunflower seeds at the feeding station on my deck in a suburban Minnesota neighborhood. Normally, the cardinals visit the feeders first thing in the morni…More

Dark-Eyed Junco

This little guy was on the railing of my deck in a suburban neighborhood in Minnesota. He could see me sitting in my living room, next to the glass doors. He watched me for several minutes before dec…More

White-Breasted Nuthatch

This is one of four white-breasted nuthatches that visit daily to feast on the peanuts I put on the deck of my suburban Minnesota home. They wait patiently on the tree nearest the deck for the other …More

White-Throated Sparrow

This was one of a multitude of birds who visited the feeding station on my deck after one of our many snowstorms in Minnesota this winter. I have several feeding stations set up in my suburban backya…More

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