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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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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Courtesy 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.
Courtesy Tom Hagen
House Finch on a Branch
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
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Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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?
Courtesy 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.
Courtesy 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.