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Pine Warbler by Bob Vuxinic

How the Photo Contest Works

  1. 1Every other Monday will have a BirdSpotter photo challenge, telling you what kind of photo we want to see.
  2. 2Upload your best pic and start voting! Each contest category runs from Monday through midnight the following Thursday.
  3. 3There will be two photo winners every other week: one photo that received the most votes and one "Judges' Choice." Winners are announced every other Friday and will be entered to win the Grand Prize! Subscribe to the FeederWatch blog and receive the stories behind all the BirdSpotter winners in your inbox.
One entry per person per challenge, please.
Contest runs November 6th through March 1st.

See official rules >

Current Photo Challenge

Category 2: Bathing Beauties

Keeping feathers clean is important and refreshing.

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Most Recent Entries

More ways to win!

Data Entry Awards

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!

Latest Winner!

Birds with Food: BirdSpotter Judges’ Choice Winner

Congratulations to Maureen Hills-Urbat of Rockville County, Alberta, our latest BirdSpotter winner! While Clark's Nutcrackers mainly forage for fresh and stored pine seeds, they sometimes visit feeders to eat peanuts and suet.

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Suggested Prizes from Wild Birds Unlimited

Gift Card winners will need to go into their nearest WBU store to redeem.

  • WBU EcoTough Classic Hopper Feeder with bag of No-Mess Blend 5lbs

    $100 Prize Range
    EcoClean Tube Feeder with bag of No-Mess Blend 20lbs.

    • EcoClean Medium Tube Feeder - Wild Birds Unlimited was the first to launch EcoClean® product protection to the hobby of backyard bird feeding. EcoClean products includes antimicrobial product protection.
    • No-Mess Blend 20lbs - Our No-Mess Blends include a mix of sunflower chips, hulled white millet and shelled peanuts, foods which appeal to birds that eat at the feeder or on the ground. No shells. No mess. 100% edible!
  • WBU EcoTough Classic Hopper Feeder with bag of No-Mess Blend 5lbs

    $100 Prize Range
    WBU EcoTough Classic Hopper Feeder with bag of No-Mess Blend 5lbs.

    • EcoTough Classic Hopper Feeder - EcoTough Classic Bird Feeder. Imagine a wood-free bird feeder that actually looks like wood! Our EcoTough® Classic won't crack, fade or rot and has a lifetime guarantee.
    • No-Mess Blend 5lbs - Our No-Mess Blends include a mix of sunflower chips, hulled white millet and shelled peanuts, foods which appeal to birds that eat at the feeder or on the ground. No shells. No mess. 100% edible!
  • WBU The Eliminator Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

    $100 Prize Range
    Eliminator

    • Eliminator - The Eliminator Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder. Protect your bird seed bounty from squirrels with our Eliminator™ bird feeder. When a squirrel touches the perch ring, its weight closes the seed ports, foiling its seed-stealing plot.
  • WBU The Eliminator Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

    $100 Prize Range
    Exclusive WBU foods

    • WBU Bird Food - Try an array of bird foods available exclusively at Wild Birds Unlimited. No bird food attracts more species of birds than Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter®. Created by Jim Carpenter, founder of Wild Birds Unlimited.
  • WBU APS Basic Setup with a Baffle, EcoClean Seed Tube & EcoClean Finch Feeder

    $250 Prize Range
    APS Basic Setup with a Baffle, EcoClean Seed Tube & EcoClean Finch Feeder, with one 20lbs. bag of seed

    • APS - Our patented, exclusive Advanced Pole System®. Poles stay straight, looks great! Additional pieces are available to customize your bird feeding station. Add the perfect bird feeder to your station to attract your favorite birds. Attach a baffle to deter nuisance critters like squirrels.
    • No-Mess Blends - Our No-Mess Blends include a mix of sunflower chips, hulled white millet and shelled peanuts, foods which appeal to birds that eat at the feeder or on the ground. No shells. No mess. 100% edible!

Weekly Prizes

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology & Wild Birds Unlimited

Weekly Prizes from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Grand Prizes

First Place

First Place Prizes

Second Place

Second Place Prizes

Third Place

Third Place Prizes

2017-18 Contest Schedule

Want to plan your photo submissions and see when contest winners are announced? Here's a peek at the contest schedule for this season.

Photo Contest

Category 1:

Birds with Food or at the Feeder

Show us your hungry birds!

Submission & voting:
November 6 - 16

Winners: November 17

Category 2:

Bathing Beauties

Keeping feathers clean is important and refreshing.

Submission & voting:
November 20 - November 30

Winners: December 1

Category 3:

Fruit & Nectar Feeders

What birds enjoy the sweeter side of life?

Submission & voting:
December 4 - December 14

Winners: December 15

Category 4:

Boring is Beautiful

Birds that some people consider “boring” are the heart of our dataset. Show us your everyday feeder friends!

Submission & voting:
December 18 - 28

Winners: December 29

Category 5:

Birds in Flight

Let us soar on the wing.

Submission & voting:
January 1 - January 11

Winners: January 12

Category 6:

Sweet for Suet

Those extra calories are delicious and nutritious. What birds enjoy a suet feast?

Submission & voting:
January 15 - January 25

Winners: January 26

Category 7:

Bold, Bright, and Beautiful

Let us create a rainbow of feeder birds! Think cardinals, finches, orioles, buntings, and hummingbirds.

Submission & voting:
January 29 - February 8

Winners: February 9

Category 8:

Eyewitness

Did that really just happen?! Share your images of unexpected encounters or interesting bird behaviors from your feeder site.

Submission & voting:
February 12 - February 22

Winners: February 23

Grand Prize Voting:
February 24 - March 1

February 24 - March 1

Winners: March 2

Data Entry Contest

Category 1

Submission:
November 12 - 23

Winner: November 24

Birders often have a "spark" bird, the one that sparked their interest and sent them on a quest to learn more. What bird lit your fire?

Category 2

Submission:
November 24 - December 21

Winner: December 22

Sunflower feeder + suet + heated bath = birds galore. What is your formula for success? Do you have special seed or feeders, or do you rely on habitat and water to draw a crowd? Share your secrets!

Category 3

Submission:
December 22 - January 18

Winner: January 19

Antics abound at our feeder sites, whether it is acrobatic squirrels or clumsy birds. Share a laugh-out-loud moment.

Category 4

Submission:
January 19 - February 15

Winner: February 16

Today is the day to FeederWatch! Do you kick back in a comfortable chair and enjoy a cup of coffee or is your feeder near the office window and you watch as you work? Describe how FeederWatch adds something special to your day.

FeederWatch in the Classroom

Schools winners announced December 8, January 5, and February 2