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Stay in Touch with Nature with Winter Birding
December 30, 2019 by Bryce Klee

Wrriten in 2014 & updated for 2020

Whether you are a seasoned expert in spotting birds, a budding naturalist, or in the company of curious children – consider heading to High Park this winter in search of the great variety of birds that call Toronto home for the season. Many people think that the cold weather diminishes the returns from birding, but nothing could be further from the truth! Food sources become more limited in winter and birds tend to congregate around what is still available. This combined with fewer leaves on the trees make them much easier to spot!

Birding has a lot to offer to the veteran and rookie alike, especially during the colder months. If you tend to hibernate in the winter a healthy obsession with birds will be all the motivation you need to take a walk in the park.

7 tips for an improved birding experience this winter:

Female Cardinal by Andrew Yee

Everyone, especially kids, love a fun challenge. Try creating a birding scavenger hunt to make a fun adventure out of the activity. All of the birds listed below can be seen in High Park this winter with varying regularity. Some are permanent residents and others stay just for the colder months. Add them to your checklist and let the search begin!

Specialized winter species:

American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junko
Common Red Poll
Great Horned Owl
Snowy Owl (uncommon)

Year Round Species
Downy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
Gold Finch
Cooper’s Hawk
Cardinal

Whether you are a seasoned birder or simply a hatchling to the hobby, get outside this winter and enjoy the presence of birds, reap the great benefits of exploring the park, and share the experience with children. High Park is not JUST for the birds….

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