13 Beautiful Birds to Spot This Spring

13 Beautiful Birds to Spot This Spring

Spotting birds can be great fun, particularly when we know which birds we are seeing. There’s something about being able to say, That’s a ______, that makes all the difference. Luckily, several stunning birds are found throughout the United States or, in a pinch, half of the United States. Often, different species will be residents of either east or west of the Rockies.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a nice list of beauties that can be commonly spotted in the spring—and often year-round—in much of the United States. Of course, springtime is an ideal time to spot birds, both because these mainstays or return visitors are around, and there are lots of others migrating or breeding. In short, there are tons of pretty songs to appreciate and amazing flashes of colors to spy.

Here are a dozen birds to keep an eye for this spring, and who knows, maybe you’ll be able to impress someone with a tidbit of knowledge. Or, perhaps it’ll be rewarding enough to simply recognize what’s fluttering around out in the yard.

1. American Robin

Found throughout the US, the American robin is usually an easy bird to spot. They have flashy breasts and bellies to make them stand out in the fresh green landscape. Robins are year-round residents in most of the United States, apart from the steamy southernmost counties of Florida, Texas, Louisiana, California, and Arizona.

2. Downy & Hairy woodpecker

These two woodpeckers—the downy woodpecker and the hairy woodpecker—look very similar and are both found throughout the USA. They are largely black and white with white undersides. Males have red napes just behind their eyes. Hairy woodpeckers have a longer bill than downy woodpeckers, but it’s very difficult to distinguish between the two.

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