10 beautiful winter birds in UK cities | Urban wildlife - petsitterbank

10 beautiful winter birds in UK cities | Urban wildlife

ONEAs a co-founder of Flock Together, a London-based People of Color bird-watching collective that organizes year-round walks through the south of England, the question I get asked the most is, “Are there any birds in winter?”

It’s fair enough. Bird song decreases sharply in winter, as birds do not need to attract partners outside of the breeding season; Lots of summer visitors will have left and there is less need to mark territories, so more space. However, the birds that overwinter here are desperately looking for food. This, along with bare winter trees, offers plenty of opportunities for good sightings wherever you are.

Here are some of my favorite birds to watch in winter. Some are in the UK year-round, others immigrate during the season, and the good news is that they are all widespread in the UK – even if you live in a city, don’t go far to see it.

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Absolutely everywhere

My favorite bird to watch! Groups of these shiny, all black birds dominate the streets. Life in numbers helps them fend off competitors and build fortresses. An “everyday” bird? Yes. Nondescript? Absolutely not.

Wren
Wren Photo: Gary Chalker / Getty Images

Forest, hedges and gardens

This little brown bird can be recognized by its raised tail. They often hide under thick hedges and sing their loud, melodic song. I love to see them in Hackney Marshes, but they can be seen everywhere.

heron
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Vicinity Body of water

Gray herons emit a pterodactyl-like energy in flight – especially when they let out their loud screeches. When they stand by the water, hunting amphibians and fish, they can sometimes be so quiet that you wonder if you are looking at a statue. We once received a video in which someone was turning a rat by the tail.

Long-tailed tit
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Forests, hedges and gardens

Those crazy cute ones, pink, black, and white Birds are so small that you might miss them – but they are easy to spot by their long tails. They are seldom seen alone and flocks hop from one garden to the next in search of hanging feeding places.

Short-eared Owl
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Coastal marshes, fields and wetlands

These owls hunt during the day, so you may see them fly low over open ground. Many come from Scandinavia and show up for winter year after year. I enjoy watching them on the RSPB Rainham Marshes Reserve in Essex, but they can be seen in suitable habitats from Scotland to Cornwall.

Red wing
Photo: Arterra Picture Library / Alamy

Parks, gardens and fields

A true UK winter bird. This is a species of thrush that is characterized by a red spot under the wings and an eye stripe. Thousands come to the UK from colder climates in late October. They mainly feed on berries and worms. The ones on my balcony came because of the sliced ​​oranges and apples that I had left out.

Kestrel
Photo: Mark Hughes / Getty Images

Parks, moors and fields

This hawk can be seen over any open grassland that has forests nearby. Spot them floating as they search the ground for prey.

Jay
Photo: Helen Davies / Alamy

woods, parks and gardens

Another favorite of mine, these brightly colored smaller crows are known to bury acorns to eat in winter – forgotten acorns can sprout into trees.

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European goldfinch
Photo: Brian Pollard / Alamy

Parks, gardens, heather, fields and hedges

Easily recognized by its yellow wing flash and red, black and white head, this little bird is often seen on television antennas and buildings below three stories. We discovered them at our first Flock Together Academy for disadvantaged children – they were a huge success.

A buzzard
Photo: Murdo MacLeod / The Guardian

Mostly rural habitats but sometimes seen over urban green spaces

This majestic, mostly brown bird of prey is typically seen high above open land. We were lucky enough to see one on a Flock Together stroll: when he showed off his impressive wingspan and wedge-shaped tail, everyone gasped!

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