The truth is that winter in southern Ontario offers some extravagant avian rewards. What better remedy is there for the blues than the sight of a bufflehead gliding across frigid Lake Ontario and flaunting his iridescent plumage?
Some of my most rewarding winter birding in Ontario experiences have been watching common birds at feeders. I can think of no sight more stunning than a fiery red northern cardinal against a barren landscape. Photo credit: Lisa Pot
The call of a chickadee breathes life and whimsy into freezing days, a pine siskin — a grayish brownish finch — astounds us with its dazzling yellow wing bars, and the sight of an intrepid red-breasted nuthatch creeping headfirst down a tree will convert even the most skeptical into a die-hard winter birder. The tapping of a woodpecker — a downy, a hairy, a red-bellied or even something as exciting and rare as a black-backed — will lighten up the dreariest of days.
excerpts from https://ontarionature.org/the-beauty-of-winter-birding/ by Julia Zaranking March 2015