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Salem, NH, United States
This bluebird had a ball splishing and splashing in the bird bath. He took a moment to look right at me as if to say “Do you mind, I’m bathing”.
Tamworth, Ontario, Canada
A friend has been feeding peanuts to a flock of bluejays and without fail they arrive at 8 every morning for their breakfast special. Even in a snowstorm…
Prince George, BC, Canada
This Marten had no trouble making the jump from the trunk of a large Douglas Fir to the feeder hanging from one of its branches. We load the feeder with chunks of fat and fatty bones. The Marten was a frequent visitor in the winter of 2015-16
Lititz, PA, United States
An late spring snow storm in Pa and the Finch returns to our yard for the second year
Linda Roy Walls
Galestown, MD, United States
The Tundra Swans chose the Galestown Millpond as a winter stopover for about a month on their migration north. Every night about 800 Tundra Swans would descend upon the pond. In the mornings before they ascended back into the sky, they would tip upside down to tug at underwater plants (for food) along the pond border. I was fortunate to get a shot of five swans tipping simultaneously.
Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada
Your birds may be ‘sweet on suet’ but mine are besotted with bark butter.
Hillsboro, OR, United States
Bushtits attracted to homemade vegetarian suet on apartment balcony. Such a delight!
Bellingham, WA, United States
Overwintering Anna’s have apparently been increasing in numbers here in Bellingham WA over the past decade. No doubt they get the choice of nesting sites, worth the price of population attrition through freezing. I maintain a small population of 4 or 5, also increasing in number each year.
Show Low, AZ, United States
This Bullocks Oriole family was hanging out at the jelly feeders and the young one got impatient as it yelled to Dad for food.
Hampton, GA, United States
This Tufted titmouse was one of many birds to come to our window feeder.
New Milford, PA, United States
A female Eastern Bluebird with a colorful capture.
We are celebrating Project FeederWatch's 30th anniversary by honoring our long-term participants. Veteran FeederWatchers who have been with the program for 10, 20, and 30 years will be randomly selected to win BirdSpotter prizes. Learn how these "lifers" got started with FeederWatch and get their time-tested tips for attracting a diversity birds to your backyard.
Registered FeederWatchers can win BirdSpotter prizes by simply entering data and sharing their best tips, stories, and bird-watching memories. When participants submit bird counts, they will see a "Share your story" prompt and an "Enter to Win" button on their Count Summary page. Four different prompts will be advertised throughout the contest and winners will be randomly selected. Not a FeederWatcher? Join now!
This year's BirdSpotter contest was again full of bright, creative, beautiful photos of birds. We received well over 2,000 entries and nearly 13,000 voters helped us choose our People's Choice and Grand Prize winners! Without further ado, we'd like to announce our top three Grand Prize winners for this year's contest.
Want to plan your photo submissions and see when contest winners are announced? Here's a peak at the contest schedule for this season.
Show us your hungry birds!
Squirrels and chipmunks can gobble seed and scare off birds at the feeder. Share your tips for discouraging and/or distracting these cute marauders.
Keeping feathers clean is important and refreshing.
What birds enjoy the sweeter side of life?
Did that really just happen? FeederWatch is full of eye witness moments when we cannot believe our eyes. Share your stories of unexpected encounters and interesting bird behaviors.
Show us your "regulars."
Those extra calories are delicious and nutritious. What birds enjoy a suet feast?
What makes your count site special? Do you have a bird feeding station that draws in a crowd? Native plants that make your birds sing? Share what makes your count site a bird-friendly haven.
Let's take off — show us some flying birds!
What birds enjoy company?
Feeding birds can be a practice passed down from generation to generation, and for others it is a newly discovered interest. Share your FeederWatch "origin" story.
Show us some uncommon visitors to your backyard.