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Baltimore Oriole by Linda Peterson

Category 1: Birds with Food, or at the Feeder

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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 12th through March 7th.

See official rules >

Current Photo Challenge

Category 1: Birds with Food, or at the Feeder

Show us your hungry birds!

Enter Your Photo

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!

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

    • 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

2018-19 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 12 - 22

Winners: November 23

Category 2:

Chickadees and Titmice only

Crowd favorites! Send your photos of any species of chickadee or titmouse.

Submission & voting:
November 26 - December 6

Winners: December 7

Category 3:

Sweet for Suet

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

Submission & voting:
December 10 - December 20

Winners: December 21

Category 4:

Birds in Flight

Show us some flying birds!

Submission & voting:
December 24 - January 3

Winners: January 4

Category 5:

Woodpeckers and Nuthatches

All species of woodpeckers and nuthatches are welcome!

Submission & voting:
January 7 - January 17

Winners: January 18

Category 6:

Cardinals and Friends

Show us birds from the cardinal family – that includes grosbeaks, Dickcissels, tanagers, and buntings too!

Submission & voting:
January 21 - January 31

Winners: February 1

Category 7:

The Unexpected

Surprise us!

Submission & voting:
February 4 - February 14

Winners: February 15

Category 8:

Boring is Beautiful

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

Submission & voting:
February 18 - February 28

Winners: March 1

Grand Prize Voting:
March 2 - March 7

March 2 - March 7

Winners: March 8

Data Entry Contest

Category 1

Submission:
November 18 - 29

Winner: November 30

Do you FeederWatch with someone special, or do you enjoy watching in quiet solitude? Whether it’s with a family member, a pet, or your favorite coffee mug, tell us how you like to FeederWatch!

Category 2

Submission:
November 30 - December 27

Winner: December 28

What has helped you to become a better FeederWatcher? Do you have advice for people looking to get better at attracting, identifying, or counting birds?

Category 3

Submission:
December 28 - January 24

Winner: January 25

Regularly watching your feeder area gives you a greater chance at witnessing an incredible event! Tell us about a memorable moment that occurred at or near your feeders.

Category 4

Submission:
January 25 - February 21

Winner: February 22

What’s your favorite bird to see at your feeders? Do you wait all season for a glimpse of it, or does it come every day? Share with us what makes that species so special to see at your feeders!

FeederWatch in the Classroom

Schools winners announced December 14, January 11, and February 8