Admiring Our Feathery Friends Winter Birds Of NJ


The fair weather-loving residents who flee for Florida each winter are called snow birds. And while many of the real feathered friends are fair weather friends too, there are about 100 species of steadfast birds who tough out the winter in New Jersey. The courage and determination of these hardy dynamos remind us that there is a spring after each winter and the sight of those tiny bird footprints in the snow inspire us all. Winter bird watching is every bit as thrilling and they will really flock around the feeders when food is scarce, so share a little seed, and you’ll be treated to song all year long. Here are some common and rare backyard guests to watch for during the winter.

 American Goldfinch

The cheery American Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey. They were
actually once sold as pet birds thanks to their song and stunning colors which are
very bright gold in spring and summer and an autumnal duller brown with trace
of gold that look just as beautiful!

 Tufted Titmouse

This small gray bird is common in Eastern deciduous forests. They are very
adorable birds with their bushy crests and round bills. They look sort of like smaller
blue-gray cardinals and are always ready to drop by bird feeders!

 Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Like its name, the Red-Breasted Nuthatch has a rusty red underbelly along with a
lengthy bill and heavy eye stripe. They are common in New Jersey during
the winter months, and behave much like chickadees.



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