Erie, Pennsylvania

Do You Know These Birds?

Winter brings its own set of migratory birds to our area.  Some are common and can be expected to show up every winter - Juncos and White-throated Sparrows are typically around all winter every year.  White-crowned Sparrows often pass through the area in fall and again in spring as they return north; some years they may stay through the winter.  Some of these birds wander from the north most years, although the numbers that end up in our area can vary quite a bit from year to year - Red-breasted Nuthatches and Pine Siskins normally do this.  And then there are the rarities - Common Redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks, Crossbills, and Snowy Owls.  We can go years without seeing any, and then suddenly be flooded by a winter irruption.  For more on irruptions and the predictions for this year's movement of the winter finches, Click Here.

JuncoRed-breasted Nuthatch

White0throated SparrowComparison

White-throated SparrowPine Siskin

Common RedpollWhite-winged Crossbill

Evening GrosbeakSnowy Owl