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East Grand Rapids, MI, United States
I had such a difficult time deciding which image to submit this week! I have some real gems of both American Goldfinches and House Finches, so narrowing it down was a real challenge
I finally decided on this one. It’s just a common male House Finch. But he dangled on the end of this snow covered pine branch after one of this year’s first winter snow storms, contemplating his next move. I love the contrast of his vivid rosy pink coloring against the snow, the tilt of his head, the over the shoulder glance which shows off both his pretty pink head and interesting wing markings. Christmas card perfect!
Stirling, ON, Canada
Adult male and female eastern blurbirds feeding a couple of their fledglings.
Lititz, PA, United States
Poor Hummingbird had a flower pull from the plant a stuck to her bill, She shook it of in a second.
Linda Roy Walls
Galestown, MD, United States
I was surprised by the appearance of a European Goldfinch during the February 15, 2016 snowstorm. This bird appear two weeks before during another snowstorm, but then disappeared. I had no idea what species this bird was, except it looked somewhat similar to a Goldfinch and it seemed to feed with the American Goldfinches. I looked it up in my mid-Atlantic field guide and in my eBird app, but could not find it. After searching images online, I was finally able to identify the bird and learned it was NOT native to the United States and probably originally entered through the pet trade. After a few days it was gone, but then it suddenly showed up during the 2nd snow storm right outside my window. It appeared to be curious about me as it watched me watching him for a few minutes. This male fed throughout the day at several of my feeders and the day after the storm and has disappeared again.
Enfield, CT, United States
A Sharp-shinned Hawk with a starling. Taken in my yard last winter.
Show Low, AZ, United States
An Osprey caught the fish prize and the second Osprey tried to fish-jack it away. No luck for the second Osprey!
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Purple Finch posing on a red branch–looks very stylish
Mary Lou Jubin
Norton, OH, United States
The bluebirds stay year round in Ohio. On snowy days they know I will always have food and warm water available. Seeing the beautiful bluebirds always brighten the dark winter days!
Lake Forest Park, WA, United States
These two fledgling golden-crowned kinglets were part of a group of six that arrived last spring in my back yard. They returned many times to take enthusiastic baths in the bamboo spout and were always unaccompanied by adults.
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Sharp-tailed Grouse on a lek near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The males gather early in the morning and dance for several hours. When they get hungry they leave the lek looking for food. While it is often called dancing, in fact, what they are doing is showing off for the ladies. Trying to prove that they are the toughest, strongest, most agile and will provide good genes for the new offspring. While the leking is done in the spring to facilitate breeding they can generally be found on the lek most mornings in the fall and winter. Morning is the most popular time but they can also be found there in the evenings.
Salem, OR, United States
I photographed this California Quail out my pickup window driving through Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge.
Alexandria, VA, United States
The male Osprey of the pair I followed from 2008 until I moved in 2014 to Missouri. Pops Osprey was a most excellent provider.
Crossville, TN, United States
I always enjoy watching the Titmice compete with the Blue Jays to see which can empty a feeder of its whole peanuts faster.
Blackfoot, ID, United States
My in-laws recently moved into a house near the local Greenway. The morning after Christmas I braved the cold temps (-5 F) to photograph birds in the hoary frost and I lucked out and came upon a small flock of Black-capped Chickadees foraging by the river. They would sprint out of a tree grab seeds of the dead foliage and dash back into the comfort of the tree. I tried to photograph this, but just couldn’t get the shot. On my way back home I used the remaining photos in my digital camera and did a “hail Mary with Autofocus” and was rewarded with the Chickadee shot of a lifetime. I don’t think I will ever top this Chickadee Photo.
Topsfield, MA, United States
Juvenile chipping sparrows enjoying a bath on a warm summer afternoon
Geneva, IN, United States
This Nelson’s Sparrow was one of several seen at Limberlost Swamp Wetland Preserve in Geneva, Indiana, early October, 2015. In my opinion, this is the most beautiful of all North American Sparrows.
Charles Town, WV, United States
An American Crow shows off its beautiful feathers as it sits on a bench beside the Shenandoah River.
Leota, IN, United States
A number of birds had been feeding on dogwoods throughout our property. This particular tree was near our farm pond, not far from a much larger dogwood. While I sat under the shade of the larger dogwood, this robin fed and rested.
Linton, IN, United States
Blue Grosbeak perched and singing near the roadside at Goose Pond FWA.
Louisville, CO, United States
I had just gone into the kitchen for a cup of tea, when I saw these two Northern Flickers on my deck railing, staring each other down and doing their head dance. A few minutes later, they flew up at each other in an aerial confrontation, and then took off in different directions.
Marietta, GA, United States
A Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla) perches quickly on a broken branch during a light morning snow shower. This nuthatch is smaller in size than the White-breasted Nuthatch as well as faster in movement and flight. Their small size is not represented in their loud and distinct “squeaky-dog-toy” chirp. When two of these Brown-headed Nuthatches get together the squeaks they make talking back and forth to one another is extremely comical.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Brevard County, FL, United States
We watched as this Reddish Egret ran, jumped and danced all throughout the calm pond. It caught small fish in the shallow water and put on a great show.
New Denver, BC, Canada
I took a lot of photos of this Rufous Hummingbird at the the Kohan Gardens one sunny afternoon and this is my favourite photo of the batch.
New Milford, PA, United States
Juvenile male Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Spotsylvania, VA, United States
two ponds with connecting stream, bluebird house, hummingbird feeder, tube feeder, lots of shelter and other food sources
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Want to plan your submissions for each week? Here's a peak at the categories for this season.
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This week: hummingbird photos only!
Show us your hungry birds!
The Cardinalidae family includes cardinals, grosbeaks, tanagers, Dickcissels, and buntings.
Birds that you might consider “boring” are the heart of our dataset! Show us your common, “boring” birds!
This taxonomic group includes sparrows, juncos, and towhees, but not House Sparrows.
This week: chickadee and titmice photos only!
Let’s take off — show us some flying birds!
Grouse, quails, partridges, and turkeys are all ground dwellers.
Bathing, swimming, drinking, or rain – as long as there’s water!
The taxonomic family Turdidae includes thrushes, bluebirds, American Robins, Veerys, and the Townsend’s Solitaire.
The taxonomic family Fringillidae includes finches, siskins, crossbills, and Pine and Evening Grosbeaks.
If the bird hunts, or scavenges for food, we want to see it!