Our Winter Bird Highlights, summarizing the results from the 2018-19 season, is now online.×
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.
Middleway, WV, United States
An Indigo Bunting singing away on a rainy day at McKee-Beshers WMA in Poolesville, MD.
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!
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Carolina Wren with a peanut suet nugget. Summer 2017.
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!
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”
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!
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.
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.
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.
Edinburg, TX, United States
At Edinburg Scenic Wetlands – caught this Orange-crowned Warbler bathing and was actually able to see the “Orange” crown
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.
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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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 peek at the contest schedule for this season.
Show us your hungry birds!
Keeping feathers clean is important and refreshing.
What birds enjoy the sweeter side of life?
Birds that some people consider “boring” are the heart of our dataset. Show us your everyday feeder friends!
Let us soar on the wing.
Those extra calories are delicious and nutritious. What birds enjoy a suet feast?
Let us create a rainbow of feeder birds! Think cardinals, finches, orioles, buntings, and hummingbirds.
Did that really just happen?! Share your images of unexpected encounters or interesting bird behaviors from your feeder site.
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?
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!
Antics abound at our feeder sites, whether it is acrobatic squirrels or clumsy birds. Share a laugh-out-loud moment.
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.
Schools winners announced December 8, January 5, and February 2