During the fall, many birds migrate to the south so that they can be in a warmer climate during the winter. Other birds are non-migratory, and are able to adapt the cold winters. These are the birds that you are likely to see at your bird feeder during the winter.
Across the United States, there are different birds which are non-migratory. There are a few, however, that are common to most parts.
Cardinal. Cardinalis cardinalis. The bright red bird with its pointed crest is unmistakable in the wintertime. The female is buff brown, with some red on its wings and tail. It will frequent your feeder, and it enjoys black oil sunflower seeds. It also enjoys fruits and berries.
Junco. Junco hyemalis. This slate colored bird has a white belly and white at the sides of its tail. It is casually called a "snowbird," because it doesn't show up until the snow does. This bird is actually a migratory bird, spending its summers in the cool forests of Alaska and northern Canada. It migrates to the "lower 48" during the wintertime. This bird will appear at your bird feeders, but it usually prefers the seeds that have fallen to the ground.
Downy Woodpecker. Picoides pubescens. This is a bird with a white back and black and white wings. The male has a red spot on the back of its head. Its bill is fairly small. You can expect to see this bird at your suet bird feeders. Its sound is a short flat pick.
Hairy Woodpecker. Picoides villosus. This bird will also frequent your suet feeders. It looks similar to the Downy Woodpecker. The Hairy variety, however, has a longer bill, and a more defined call note, peek.
European Starling. Sturnus vulgaris. This is a larger black bird-like bird that is sure to visit your feeders. It is generally considered a predator bird. In the spring it is iridescent and it bill is yellow. Come winter, it becomes heavily speckled, and it has a dark bill.
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