Get your flock outside for some winter bird-watching

Plenty of feathered fliers are still hanging around during chilly months. Show children how to get a bird’s-eye view.

Your kids might think that birds simply disappear for the winter. But plenty of species don’t actually migrate south during the cold months; others might be making your neighborhood their winter home.

In fact, some birds flock together in large numbers when the weather turns chilly, making them easier to spot. From the vibrant northern cardinal to the loud blue jay, plenty of birds are likely hanging around during winter. Here’s how your kids can catch a glimpse.

According to Andrew Farnsworth, a senior research associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, when a bird’s spring, summer, and fall habitat still has food and water sources during winter, those fliers will stay in or very near to their territories. And your region might have food and resources that other climates don’t, which attracts migratory birds. “Our ‘winter birds’ might be migrants from farther away and have moved to ‘their tropics,’” Farnsworth says.

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