Late Fall Birds

For three seasons of the year, birdwatching can be a hectic sport. Spring and Autumn bring migration; Summer has the dawn chorus of frantically breeding birds. But birding in the Winter is a more subtle enterprise. Familiar birds are quiet, leaving mainly one’s sharp eyes to distinguish a fluttering movement, or a lump of not-a-dead-leaf on a bare forest branch. If you do hear birds, they are quietly murmuring to one another, not out brazenly singing in the open. YR Warbler

Winter birding is usually a solitary enterprise. Titmouse

Winter birding makes usually “dull” birds stand out crisply against grey backgrounds of naked trunks and overcast skies. CEWA

And winter birding brings subtle, unexpected surprises. BAOW

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