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December, January, February

Concentrations of birds in the winter months are largely restricted to the southern parts of the United States.

Geese and ducks in Missouri
Early December is the peak of migration at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri. See as many as 300 Bald Eagles, 300,000 Canada and Snow Geese, and 100,000 ducks.

Photographing herons up close
Almost any month can be a good month to visit Everglades National Park. January offers cooler temperatures and often large concentrations of wading birds (herons, ibises, and spoonbills). Birds along the Anhinga Trail, a one-half mile boardwalk, are comfortable around people and offer excellent opportunities for photographers.

Large concentrations of Wood Storks
The largest rookery of Wood Storks in the nation is often found at the National Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Numbers vary from year to year depending on the water level — in 1992 there were 1,200 pairs, while in 1995 only 913 nests were built. Nesting begins in winter and continues through the early spring.

Whooping Cranes at Aransas
Most of the world's population of Whooping Cranes spend the winter at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas. They begin to arrive in late October and can be found in isolated areas along the bay side of the refuge until early April. There is an observation tower along the Tour Loop Drive, but the best way to see the cranes may be to take one of the Whooping Crane boat tours that leave from the nearby town of Rockport.

The majority of the world's Redheads in one place
Large flocks of Redheads can be found wintering in the Lower Laguna Madre, Texas. Flocks of over 250,000 are not uncommon. The majority of the world's population of this species winters in this area. Laguna Madre National Wildlife Refuge is an excellent place to go to see this and many other species.

A blizzard of Snow Geese
Snow Goose numbers at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa, peak in late November, when it might be possible to see 750,000 in a single day. Even in December, up to 400,000 might be seen in the area.

Oldsquaw in Nantucket
Throughout the winter the concentrations of Oldsquaw off of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, can be truly amazing. Every winter more than 50,000 birds winter in the area, flying past Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget Islands at dawn and dusk.

Bald Eagles on the Mississippi
Midwinter Bald Eagle counts in Missouri regularly tally 1,000 or more Bald Eagles, mostly along the Mississippi River. More than 400 have been counted in one small area near Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri.

Some very common Common Eiders
Hundreds of thousands of Common Eiders winter on the shoals off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Other coastal areas in the state are also good, especially off of Nantucket and the Elizabeth Islands.

See Bald Eagles in all their majesty
Up to 4,000 Bald Eagles winter along the Chilkat River, Alaska. It is sometimes possible to see 200–400 near the town of Haines.

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