Wildlife at Mount Auburn: Winter Birding

January 1, 2020

Winter is an ideal time to get familiar with the year-round resident birds of Mount Auburn. If you are a beginner birder this time of year offers the opportunity to see and hear the common birds of the area without the distractions of migrants or foliage on the trees.

During the winter months, in addition to Sparrows, Blue Jays, Robins, Cardinals and Crows, you might see a Great Blue Heron, a Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk or a Red-tailed Hawk and possibly a Great Horned Owl or a Screech Owl.

Photo by Al Parker, Mount Auburn Security

There is also the potential for seeing any of the following birds here during the winter months: American Kestrel, White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, European Starling, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Hooded Merganser, House Finch, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Tufted Titmouse, White-throated Sparrow and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.


    • Rachel says:

      Robins don’t migrate. They herd together in wooded areas and eat berries all winter long. Then when your lawn is thawed out and the worms come back, they come back to your yard.

  1. Happy New Year Jennifer, et al; Fabulous little UTube. I know it took a lot of time to assemble. Bravo! A nice piece to be able to show. Still eager to have a 2 sentence quick piece from you- only if you want: “What turns these adults on to nature???’
    All best- Clare

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