Birds of Winter

Eastern Bluebird

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted any nature photos, and, now that winter’s here (or almost), I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share photos of our fall and winter birds. In North Carolina, we get plenty of migratory birds from the Northeastern US and parts of Canada, some of which have become frequent backyard visitors.

Initially, I wanted to include them all in this post, in addition to our resident birds, but there are simply too many photos–and too many different birds–so I’ll be dividing my “Birds of Winter” photographs into separate posts instead. Below, you can find robins, bluebirds, and many different kinds of woodpeckers, including the large and beautiful Pileated Woodpecker.

Pileated Woodpecker (female)

An interesting note about Pileated Woodpeckers: They are the largest woodpeckers in North America, and they are visually stunning. While Pileated Woodpeckers are fairly common in wooded areas, they can be difficult to spot in spring and summer when the trees are full of leaves. However, their dinosaur-like call (I always feel like I’m in the middle of Jurassic Park when I hear Pileated Woodpeckers calling.) lets you know they’re around.

I have been trying since last spring to get a reasonably good photo of one of these beauties, and a few weeks ago, I finally got my wish when I discovered a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers roosting in a tree in the front yard. (There is a photo of the female inside their roosting hole below.) And now their call is one of the first sounds I hear almost every morning.

All of these photos were taken in and around my backyard. Click on any image to enlarge.

American Robin

Eastern Bluebird

Pileated Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Other Woodpeckers

14 thoughts on “Birds of Winter

    1. Thank you. It’s interesting: I know both robins and bluebirds are around in the warmer weather, but I see them sparingly. Now, however, there are flocks of them feeding from a cedar tree at the backyard. And I see them everyday.

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  1. These are nice; especially like the pileated with the partially-opened wing. They come around every March here in Quebec. Often I hear them before seeing them. The red-bellied is also nice. A flock of 4 or 5 pine grosbeaks have been visiting, but only for 2 days tops each spring and just before the leaves get too large to conceal everything. I never have been able to see them at the same time I had a camera ready.

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    1. Thank you very much. The pileated woodpeckers are a real treat. The male with the flared wings was being aggressive with a squirrel who was making his way into their roosting hole. And the red-bellied woodpeckers are great, too. They’re also rather stunning. And I certainly know the feeling of not having the camera ready when it needs to be…have to take it in stride, I guess.

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