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Pine Warbler by Bob Vuxinic

See all the 2017 winners!

Category 8: People\'s Choice

Grand Prize Winner

Right Place, Right Time

Dee Elliott

Mineral Wells, TX, USA

This is a juvenile Scissortail Flycatcher. Last Fall I was walking my property with my cameras , as I often do , when I spotted the young Fly Catcher on the fence. As I was Photographing him, an unsuspecting grasshopper flew by and was snatched out of the air by this Scissor Tail. I have the next photo of him munching away on the grass hopper., I was so excited I could hardly wait to get back and see it on the computer.

Category 7: Judges\' Choice

Second Place Winner

Baltimore Oriole

Linda Petersen

Terril, IA, United States

Male Baltimore Oriole

Category 7: People\'s Choice

Third Place Winner

Blue & Gold


Middleway, WV, United States

An Indigo Bunting singing away on a rainy day at McKee-Beshers WMA in Poolesville, MD.

Category 8: Judges' Choice

Great Groomer

Randall Everts

Wheaton, IL, USA

My daily Ruby-throated Hummingbird visitor landed on the shepherd’s hook and began grooming. I was able to capture this moment. I love the little foot that looks like a hand!

Category 6: Judges' Choice

What a Treat!

Gary Mueller

Rolla, MO, United States

Downy Woodpecker Enjoying a PFW Suet Treat.

Category 6: People's Choice

Carolina Wren

Mary Moilanen

Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Carolina Wren with a peanut suet nugget. Summer 2017.

Category 5: People’s Choice

Elegant and Graceful Liftoff

Eileen Chorba

Beach Lake, PA, United States

I was watching the Great Egret as it waded near the water’s edge searching for fish, frogs, insects or snakes. Something must have gotten his attention and in an instant, he lifted from the rocks and flew a short distance away. I was very excited that I was able to capture several pictures of this beautiful Great Egret!

Category 5: Judges’ Choice

Ready, set, go!

Laura Oana Zamfirescu

Monroe, ME, United States

Looks like the 100 meters sprint start line here. A black capped chickadee, white breasted nuthatch and a tufted titmouce( in the back ) getting ready for the “race”

Category 4: Judges’ Choice

Red is NEVER boring!

Sheri Douse

Deltona, FL, United States

I get a variety of birds at my feeder. When it comes to my frequent birds I can’t think of one of them I would ever consider boring. They all carry a uniqueness to them. This woodpecker is one of my top visitors and each time brings a smile to my face. Their bright red beauty is so breathtaking. So give it up to this guy and say No to Boring!

Category 4: People's Choice

Feeder Frenzy

Stephen & Judy Shelasky

Longmeadow, MA, United States

Some people may consider House Finches boring, but not us! From time to time we have visits from 3 or 4 at one time. This particular morning a few days ago, we had 8 stop by at our raised feeder for a bite, or several, to eat. It was the most we have seen at any one time on the feeder.

Category 3: Judges’ Choice

Sipping nectar

Leslie Scopes Anderson

Arcata, CA, United States

This Anna’s Hummingbird was at my feeder when he left to visit a nearby Red-flowering Currant.

Category 3: People’s Choice

Nature’s Nectar.

Emily Ahtunan

Montpelier, VT, United States

There was an irruption of Pine Grosbeaks last winter. I was walking to the Co-op on day and witnessed over a dozen Pine Grosbeaks feeding in the fruit trees along the way. The berries, as well as some of the Pine grosbeaks, were still covered specks of ice from the weather.

Category 2: Judges’ Choice

Bathing beauty

Brian McCaffrey

Edinburg, TX, United States

At Edinburg Scenic Wetlands – caught this Orange-crowned Warbler bathing and was actually able to see the “Orange” crown

Category 2: People’ Choice

Bathing Beauties

Leisa Chasse

Glenwood, Volusia County, FL, United States

Category 1: Judges’ Choice

Clark’s Nutcracker

Maureen Hills-Urbat

Rocky View County, Alberta, Canada

We have had the Clark’s Nutcrackers coming to our feeders since 2013 and we sure enjoy their bold raucous behaviours.

Category 1: People’s Choice

Grackle with a snackle


Macomb Township, Michigan, USA

This Common Grackle surprised me in the summer bringing a moth as a snack when it came to check out the goods at the feeder. Even though sometimes regarded as bully birds, they are mesmerizingly beautiful and intense up close. There is nothing “Common” about this bird 🙂

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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 >

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!

BirdSpotter Grand Prize Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Grand Prize winner Dee Elliot, of Mineral Wells, Texas, for her photo of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher!

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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 - 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:


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

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

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

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

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