28 Wonderful Wintry Photos of Birds in Snow

Birders and nature lovers will enjoy this roundup of cute photos of birds in snow, standing up to the icy and chilly weather.

northern cardinal in snowCourtesy Anne Duvall

Red Birds in Snow

“At this time of year, we think of hanging Christmas ornaments on the tree. I also love to look outside and see nature’s ornaments. Nothing brightens a scene like red male cardinal birds in snow,” says Anne Duvall.

mourning dove in snowCourtesy Natalie McCloy

Mourning Dove in Winter

“We had an early November snowstorm in Michigan. The birds are very active when it snows, so I always have my camera nearby. When I looked out my back window, I saw this beautiful mourning dove sitting on the deck rail,” says Natalie McCloy.

cooper's hawk in winterCourtesy Dave Lyman

Frosty Bird of Prey

“A juvenile Cooper’s hawk had been hanging around in our backyard for a few weeks hunting, but it was just out of reach of my camera. As luck would have it, it perched outside our bedroom window when the light was just right and I was able to take this picture,” says Dave Lyman. Learn how to identify Cooper’s hawks vs sharp-shinned hawks.

Black-capped chickadee on tree in snowCourtesy Jody Partin

A Cheery Winter Chickadee

“While visiting my parents in northern Wisconsin, an early winter storm came and coated everything with ice. I went out with my camera to photograph black-capped chickadees. They did not seem bothered in the least by their icy perches,” says Jody Partin.

pine siskin in snowCourtesy Betsy Brooker

Persistent Pine Siskin

“I admire the stalwartness of the bird in snow. He was rewarded with the prize of the seed in its beak,” says Betsy Brooker. Learn how to attract and identify pine siskins.

snowy blue jayCourtesy Brenda Doherty

Blue Jay in Flurries

This picture was taken on a very cold day at my home in Ontario. I think perhaps he was hoping for a peanut,” says Brenda Doherty. Check out more beautiful blue jay photos you need to see.

white breasted nuthatch in winterCourtesy Diann Marksberry

Winter White-Breasted Nuthatch

“I took this photo of a white-breasted nuthatch from my kitchen window. He is perched in the dogwood tree waiting for his turn at the feeder. I don’t get nuthatches very often, so it is always a treat when one shows up!” says Diann Marksberry.

hairy woodpecker on tree in snowCourtesy Judith Dedes

Searching for a Snack

“It was the first snowstorm of the year in Dexter, Michigan, with 11 inches of snow. Yet this hairy woodpecker was out pecking for some bugs on the sweetgum tree in our yard,” says Judith Dedes.

robin in snowy berry treeCourtesy Laura Retyi

Robin in a Berry Tree

“In Cincinnati, Ohio, we have a street that is lined with rows of hawthorn trees. Every winter, tons of robins gather to eat the berries,” says Laura Retyi. Here’s how to attract robins to your yard or garden.

harris sparrowCourtesy Bob Bauer

Sparrow in the Snow

“I chose this picture of a Harris’s sparrow sitting on an icy covered cedar branch. These birds in snow are not flashy; but are a delight to have in our yard,” says Bob Bauer.

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bluebird in snowCourtesy Joann Firsdon

Bluebirds in a Blizzard

“I love winter. The lovely snow floating down like little jewels is so peaceful. I was talking to someone when, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed something blue. I looked, and there were two bluebirds sitting in a small tree right in front of me. Oh my gosh! I couldn’t get my camera on fast enough. And then they flew away. Whoever heard of bluebirds in a snowstorm?” writes Joann Firsdon.

house finch on snowy branchCourtesy Tom Hagen

House Finch on a Branch

“A sweet little house finch waited on a snowy branch for its turn at the nearby porch feeders,” says Tom Hagen. If you’re a finch fan, you’ll love more beautiful pictures of finches.

cardinals in a snowy evergreen treeCourtesy Beth Huebner

Cardinal Birds in a Snowy Evergreen

“These male cardinals love to sit on a tree outside our kitchen window. At any time, they are spectacularly beautiful, but capturing them in this snowstorm added a magical quality to their dramatic red color against the snow,” says Beth Huebner. Check out more simply stunning photos of northern cardinals.

snowy owl in flightCourtesy Ted Busby

Snowy Owl in Flight

“I heard about a rural area that three snowy owls had settled in, so I decided to try and get my first photos of this magnificent bird. Once I arrived, I had no trouble spotting the owl a long way out in a farmer’s field. I asked for permission to enter the property and spent approximately 40 minutes slowly approaching the owl in a zig-zag fashion so not to stress the bird, stopping periodically to take some shots,” says Ted Busby. Check out more outstanding pictures of owls.

dark eyed junco on fenceCourtesy Lori R. Bramble

Dark-Eyed Junco in Snow

“Winter is one of my favorite times to take bird photos. After it snows I go out and sprinkle birdseed and sunflower seeds to attract juncos, which are very common in my area. I was lucky enough to get this shot of birds in snow when a dark-eyed junco landed on the fence in my backyard,” says Lori R. Bramble.

goldfinch on snowy branchCourtesy Amy Estoye

Female Goldfinch in Winter

“Like most female birds, goldfinches are not flashy, but that’s what I love about this little one. Looking at this photo always gives me the feeling of waking up the morning after a snowstorm. The air is silent, sounds muffled by a thick layer of sparkly white,” says Amy Estoye. Learn how to attract goldfinches to your backyard.

northern flicker in snowCourtesy Meghann Fletcher

Northern Flicker Eating Berries

“We thought winter was finally done for the year, but another blast of snow came. This red-shafted northern flicker’s movements were quick as he made his rounds between the mountain ash berries and crabapples,” says Meghann Fletcher.

Bnbbyc16 Donna Keller 001Courtesy Donna Keller

Pretty Purple Finch

“This is a male purple finch just after a spring snowstorm in my home state of New Hampshire. I was dreading having to deal with yet another storm in April; no less, when I peered out my window to see the birds in snow flocking to my feeders. I immediately grabbed my camera and started shooting. The purple finch is the New Hampshire state bird, so it seemed fitting,” says Donna Keller.

Learn how to tell the difference between house finches vs purple finches.

brown thrasher in snowCourtesy Debbie Richmond

Fox Sparrow in Snow

“This little cutie surprised me under my feeder one cold morning. Very nice surprise as the fox sparrow was a lifer for me. Added him right to my list!” says Debbie Richmond.

William GreenpineCourtesy William Greenpine

Pine Grosbeak in Winter

Pine grosbeaks are rare in the southern Upper Peninsula of Michigan where I live, but due to winter finch irruptions I saw over a dozen female and immature males feeding on berries the day I took this picture. This bird allowed me to get very close. The snow and the red berries made a very nice early holiday setting,” says William Greenpine.

Jenniferholmes22Courtesy Jennifer Holmes

A Chilly Perch for a Chickadee

“In December 2021, we had a cold snap in the Pacific Northwest, and I noticed chickadees perching on an icicle waiting for a turn at the suet block. I stayed on my porch in the below-freezing temps, waiting for a chestnut-backed chickadee to land. After two hours of standing very still, I got lucky when one landed on the icicle,” says Jennifer Holmes. Learn everything you need to know about the chickadee family of birds.

Linda Scher.robin, birds in snowCourtesy Linda Scher

American Robin Settles in the Snow

“More frequently now, robins stick around all winter in Minnesota. After a beautiful snowfall, I found a flock of robins and cedar waxwings feasting on bright red frozen crabapples. I loved the color and all the activity,” says Linda Scher.

Nancy Rowe, birds in snowCourtesy Nancy Rowe

Purple Finch Cheers Up a Photographer

“I am retired and love taking photos as much as I love bird-watching. My husband set up many bird feeders outside our back window so I can sit at my dining table or in my recliner and snap away with a 100-400 mm zoom lens. Watching the little feathered creatures is a joy during the dreary winter months here in western New York. We keep them supplied with suet and seed. They visit often when the snow is heavy and the ground is covered. Purple finches have captured my heart, and this one with snowflakes on its head made me smile—it’s almost as if it is wearing a crown,” says Nancy Rowe.

Janegamble Holly Cardinal, birds in snowCourtesy Jane Gamble

Cardinal in the Holly

“We don’t get much snow, so when the forecast calls for it, I go out to look for wildlife with a wintry backdrop. On this day, after trudging through a local park and finding little, I went home to see what I could find there. Sure enough, our holly tree was full of the usuals. I photographed this pretty male northern cardinal sheltered among the green holly and red berries—a perfect portrait of winter,” says Jane Gamble. Discover interesting cardinal bird facts you should know.

Amy Bragg, birds in snowCourtesy Amy Bragg

Snowman and Steller’s Jay

“I thought it would be fun to take a picture of a snowman with a bird sitting on it. I added some seeds, and to my surprise a beautiful Steller’s jay landed,” says Amy Bragg.

Bnbugc Lillyhiebert.waxwingsCourtesy Lilly Hiebert

Bohemian Waxwing Birds in Snow

“On the coldest day of the year, a massive flock of Bohemian waxwings arrived in Drumheller, Alberta. They stripped every fruit tree in the entire neighborhood. I’m guesstimating that the flock was 2,000 strong. It was incredible to see them up close,” says Lilly Heibert. What’s the difference between a bohemian waxwing and a cedar waxwing?

278027819 1 Steven Bloemendaal Bnb Bypc 2021 1, birds in snowCourtesy Steven Biomendaal

Goldfinch Braves the Snowstorm

“We have fed birds for years but recently started planting sunflowers that serve as “living feeders” next to our deck. It’s always satisfying to watch birds pick seed directly from plants. I captured this photo of a goldfinch during another Minnesota snowstorm by simply shooting out my bathroom window,” says Steven Blomendaal.

Michael Rossaccititmouse, birds in snowCourtesy Michael Rossacci

A Friendly Tufted Titmouse

“During a drive through freshly fallen snow at Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, it was a joy to be accompanied by many tufted titmice such as this cutie,” says Michael Rosacci.

Kirsten Schrader
Kirsten has more than 15 years of experience writing and editing birding and gardening content. As content director of Birds & Blooms, she leads the team of editors and freelance writers sharing tried-and-true advice for nature enthusiasts who love to garden and feed birds in their backyards. Since joining Birds & Blooms 17 years ago, Kirsten has held roles in digital and print, editing direct-to-consumer books, running as many as five magazines at a time, and managing special interest publications. Kirsten has traveled to see amazing North American birds and attended various festivals, including the Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Rio Grande Bird Festival, The Biggest Week in American Birding Festival, and the Cape May Spring Festival. She has also witnessed the epic sandhill crane migration while on a photography workshop trip to Colorado. Kirsten has participated in several GardenComm and Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conferences and is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. When she's not researching, writing, and editing all things birding and gardening, Kirsten is enjoying the outdoors with her nature-loving family. She and her husband are slowly chipping away at making their small acreage the backyard of their dreams.