January 16, 2017
Congratulations to Shirley Donald of Oro-Medonte, Ontario, our latest BirdSpotter Judges’ Choice Award winner! Shirley’s photo of a Dark-eyed Junco and an American Tree Sparrow vying for bark butter is perfectly timed. Which bird won the butter battle? Shirley wrote, “Your birds may be ‘sweet on suet’ but mine are besotted with bark butter.” Suet is not just for woodpeckers and nuthatches. A diversity of birds flock to the delicious and fatty calories.
If Shirley witnessed this battle during a FeederWatch count, she could have added the displacement behavior to our growing data set of feeder bird interactions. We are currently collecting displacement and depredation events. Learn more about how researcher Eliot Miller is utilizing FeederWatch data to explore feeder bird behaviors and how you can become involved.
TODAY is the first day to submit a photo to the next BirdSpotter photo category, Birds in Flight. Make us soar with your best photos! New to the contest, all photographers will a receive a free set of illustrated note cards (limit one card set per person) just for participating. Biweekly People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners receive prizes from the Cornell Lab and our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited. Anyone can participate by entering a photo and voting for their favorites! Find out more about the BirdSpotter contest.