Winter Birds

Observe the Hooded Merganser. This small sawbill is indigenous to North America. The drake has handsome plumage with geometric patterns and a black and white crest, and the hen has a crest that is buff to chocolate brown. They're found diving in open water.

Appreciate the Red-bellied Woodpecker. This narrowly barred, black and white zebra patterned woodpecker is found anywhere in a tree. In flight, it shows off its white patches on the rump and wing.

Identify the Snowy Owl, a miniature snowman on the marsh, in its world of ice. This nomadic, white bird of prey perches and can be a challenge to see; so scan the structures.

Snowy Owl by Phil Brown