One of the things that I love so much about bird-watching is that it is a year-round hobby, and there are different birds to see in every season. As winter approaches, I am already thinking about the birds I hope to see.
My wish list is as follows:
- Pine Siskins
- Snow Buntings
- Bald Eagle
- Snowy Owl
- Evening Grosbeak
Some, like the Pine Siskins and the Redpolls, are fairly regular winter visitors to our yard, but that makes their appearance each year no less exciting, and a year without their presence would be disappointing indeed. These are photos taken over the last few years.
Snow Buntings are also fairly regular winter visitors, but my sightings are always of the flock from afar, or while driving. I am hoping for a closer look at these lovely birds this year.
The Bald Eagle has become a regular winter sighting for me, and after a three year streak it would be disappointing not to see it again.
Winter after winter, the Snowy Owl has thus far eluded me (despite road trips purposely in search of it!). And then just last week, my brother saw one while at work not far from home – maybe this will be the year!
The Evening Grosbeak and the Crossbill are my wild hopes, as I have yet to ever see either beyond the pages of my bird guide, and they have been on my wish list for a long, long time. But who knows what this year will bring!
What’s on your winter birding wish list?