Snow coats/plummage: please show me your wintry friends

Would everyone please show me all your animals and birds sporting winter precipitation looks. I am not familiar with what species to look for but I am 100% obsessed and the animals and birds here, well, they do not provide this service, alas.

@Tuktu (new to forums, everyone say hi!) and @fffffffff if you do not mind please adding those here, I am hoping to compile a Winter Wonderland visual smorgasbord.


@ItsMeLucy, thank you for the welcome…there is not a lots of species in my Ontario province that change colour to a bright white in winter, The stoat blessed me by dropping by and allow me to take his/her pictures twice in between season. I will keep my eyes open for snowshoe hares and partridges that I know change to white in winter and make sure if I take pics, it makes its to you.


I know of mountain and snowshoe hares, arctic fox, ptarmigans of Lagopus genus, stoat, least weasel. Regular foxes are a little bit more silver in winter coat, european hares change only a little, sables don’t get white, but definitely lighter. So, if you don’t know where to look, look at those.

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Many shore birds have breeding/non-breeding plumage which roughly correspond to Spring/Winter. Winter plumage is generally less colorful and saturated, and less decorated.

Black-bellied Plover breeding plumage is very high contrast black/white tuxedo like scheme while in the winter they are mostly a gray/speckled all over.

Double crested cormorant males develop long crests over their eyes during breeding season and their eyes, mouth and throats turn to vivid blue color, typically March through May around here. In the winter they lose the crests and sport plain gray/brown plumage all over, eyes become greenish, mouth and throat no longer blue.

Common Loon migrate down south from Canada in the winter. In spring the male head turns entirely black and develop a green sheen, back takes on a high contrast black/white checkered pattern. In the winter they are more plain dark gray with white face and neck. Their eyes are dark red all year round.

Common Gallinule is year round resident though I don’t see them often. Most notable feature is their frontal shield between the eyes above the beak. In the winter it’s dull brown. In the spring it’s bright red

Horned and Eared grebes have very elaborate breeding plumage as well but I don’t get to see them down south.

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