Birding Through The Snow

Photograph of a cardinal in the winter on a tree

Birding Through The Snow

By: Nicole Niemeyer, part-time Naturalist with Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature!

Winter is one of the best times of year for bird watching. With leaves off the trees, you have a better view of birds on branches, plus, a Cardinal in the snow is one of the most magnificent sights. While some species have headed south for the season, many species are overwinter residents of Cincinnati, which you can only see here during this time of year. Take the Dark-eyed Junco and Golden-crowned Kinglet for example.      

Every December, Cincinnati Parks takes part in Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Over the course of two Sundays, staff and volunteers count and record every bird they see or hear in their designated territory. Organizations such as Audubon use this data to study and assess the health of bird populations, and to help guide conservation action. Though this year’s 121st Christmas Bird Count looked a little different, with social distancing and COVID-19 precautions, 50 different species of birds were spotted in our areas.   

Species highlights of this year: 

  • Brown Creeper 

 Brown Creeper Photo: Therese Scheller, Audubon 

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet 

Golden-crowned KingletPhoto: Nick Saunders, Audubon  

  • Hermit Thrush 

Hermit ThrushPhoto: Lois Miller, Audubon 

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 

Yellow-rumped WarblerPhoto: Robert Cook, Audubon 

If you are new to birding, all you need to get started is a pair of binoculars and a field guide or an app like eBird. Your local Cincinnati Parks are excellent places to get outside and bird watch; with any luck you’ll spot a species you’ve never seen before.   

About the Author

Nicole Niemeyer, is a part-time Naturalist with Cincinnati Parks nature education division Explore Nature! Nicole has been with Cincinnati Parks for 2 years and in the Outdoor Education field for 4 years.  Her love of nature began with helping her dad garden, going camping with her family and playing in the woods as a child.  When not in the Parks, she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, and spending time with pets and family.   

Title Photo by Robert Thiemann on Unsplash