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Baltimore Oriole by Linda Peterson

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Category 8: People's Choice

Grand Prize Winner

Mourna Lisa

Ostdrossel

Macomb, Michigan, USA

This Dove came to the feeder on a snowy morning with a tiny bit of sun. Their subtle beauty often becomes more visible to me in close-up shots. There are so many colours and patterns to discover, and it all is one beautiful composition. The bird looked so serene and content but also somewhat distant in this photo that it reminded me of the Mona Lisa 🙂

Category 1: People's Choice

Second Place Winner

Cedar Waxwing

LAURA FRAZIER

Orrtanna, PA, USA

I took this photo at an apple orchard in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania. It was the first week of Spring, and a friend had told me there were lots of Waxwings feeding on the Crabapple trees there. I couldn’t resist going to take some photos of them as they are such beautiful birds that I don’t get to see very often. The Waxwings were so busy feeding that they didn’t even notice me there, so I was able to take lots of photos. This photo is my favorite from that day. I like the bird’s pose as it stretches to reach a crabapple above its head even though there are some right at its feet.

Category 7: People's Choice

Third Place Winner

Short-eared Surprise

Walt Cochran

Gardner, KS, USA

While driving one evening along the dam of a local lake, I was very surprised to have this young Short-eared Owl fly up from the spillway and surprise me–it was pretty late in the evening and the sun was going down. This owl as well as several others were hunting the grassy side of the spillway. I had my camera with me and this little guy allowed me to back-up and take a close-up! I wish the light would have been better as I had to shoot the image hand-held from my car with a super high ISO setting. THE BEST PART OF THIS experience was that my disabled daughter who likes to take “birding and wildlife” drives with me was able to see one of the awesome owls close-up from our wheel-chair van.

Category 8: Judges' Choice

Red-winged Blackbird

Muhammad Arif

Montezuma, NY, USA

This red-winged blackbird was displaying in early spring and using my car as a blind, I captured this image through the window. I love how the tail is fanned out and those specs of reddish color on the back.

Category 7: Judges' Choice

Leucistic Black-chinned Hummingbird

Vineeth Radhakrishnan

Kerrville, TX, USA

I was fortunate to get an opportunity to photograph this rare find – Leucistic Black-chinned Hummingbird, in Kerrville, TX.
Leucism is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. (Source: Wiki)

Category 6: Judges' Choice

You looking for me?

Justin Springer

El Paso, TX, USA

Male Pyrrhuloxia giving me a quizzical look as I photographed him. Franklin Mountains State Park, TX

Category 6: People's Choice

The Queen

Rodney Wright

Gardner, KS, USA

I was photographing this female Northern Cardinal when all the sudden a wind gust blew from behind her. It blew her crest forward making for a perfect “crown!”

Category 5: People's Choice

Look Into My Eye

Kayla Bendle

Orton, ON, Canada

I took this photo in the fall, we had so many red breasted nuthatches come through in a period of a couple weeks; this day there were over 6 different red breasted nuthatches and 4 white breasted moving all around me and as I was taking photos of one…another would be running around behind me or around me on posts and trees; this little bird in the photo was incredibly comfortable with me and would even land on my shoulder or on my camera lens and tap trying to see if I would hand over some peanuts it saw me feeding it (and others) earlier. Most of the large group moved through; but there are still a few that stayed behind to overwinter.

Category 5: Judges' Choice

Pileated Woodpecker Family

Neva L Scheve

West End, NC, USA

A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers made a nest in my horse pasture in 2016. Every morning I would sit near the tree with my camera on a tripod and my Kindle to read while I spent time watching them. They didn’t mind me being there at all, and I was able to photograph the family from even before they peeked out of the hole until all three chicks left the nest.

Category 4: Judges' Choice

Small argument over a treat.

David Vote

St Ansgar, IA, USA

I put a half of orange out but it’s gone so soon, then i keep filling the the empty orange half with grape jelly. I get many Baltimore and Orchard Orioles show up during the spring migration. Some years a couple make this their summer home. It’s really fun to watch. I was standing in my patio door when i took this.

Two male Baltimore Orioles show dominance for food.

Category 4: People's Choice

Bald Eagle soaring over my sunroof

Becky Weaber

Lebanon County, PA, USA

Saw this Eagle in a nearby tree. Got my camera ready. He started to fly away. I pointed my camera out of the sunroof and started snapping. I was able to capture this shot.

Bald Eagle flying overhead. Photo taken out of my sunroof. Nikon D810

Category 3: Judges' Choice

Bite by Bite

Sujata roy

Morrisville, NC, USA

The brown thrasher although a skulker, during winter and summer times can be seen raiding the suet areas. In feb of 2018, I had suet in that log, which many birds enjoyed. when I put it out in open, many of these big birds enjoy it well, instead of hanging in the wire mesh case.

Category 3: People's Choice

Downy’s Feeding

Mike Smeets

Lakeland, FL, USA

Two Downy’s feeding on my peanut butter mixture

Category 2: Judges' Choice

Striking a Pose

Mark Lowry

Lexington, KY, USA

This lucky shot was captured in Henry County KY during early fall. This field of milo had recently been harvested and only a few isolated stalks of milo remained. This particular piece was being used by my intended target of an Eastern Phoebe that was using it as point to sally out and capture the numerous
small beetles that were hatching. During one of the phoebe’s flights out; this beautiful titmouse came out
of nowhere and struck this pose for a brief second or two. Being that I was focused on this point;I was able to get this single shot before the titmouse left and the phoebe returned shortly thereafter.This happened so fast I wasn’t even sure I got the shot at first. A little serendipity goes a long way sometimes.

Category 2: People's Choice

Rudolph the Red-nosed Chickadee

Karen Gallo

Waterford, CT, USA

A little flock of Black-capped Chickadees was foraging in the brush when this one perched for a moment with its multiflora rose hip. I took a series of shots and came away with some really cute poses of the bird with the red fruit, but this was definitely the cutest pose of all.

Category 1: Judges' Choice

Western Bluebird

Dan Vickers

Bell Rock Trail, Sedona, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA

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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 10th.

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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!

Close-up of a Mourning Dove looking at the camera, perched on a feeder

Latest Winner!

2018-2019 BirdSpotter Grand Prize Winners!

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.

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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.
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    $100 Prize Range
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    $250 Prize Range
    APS Basic Setup with a Baffle, EcoClean Seed Tube & EcoClean Finch Feeder, with one 20lbs. bag of seed

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    • 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 14

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 28

Category 4:

Birds in Flight

Show us some flying birds!

Submission & voting:
December 24 - January 3

Winners: January 11

Category 5:

Woodpeckers and Nuthatches

All species of woodpeckers and nuthatches are welcome!

Submission & voting:
January 7 - January 17

Winners: January 25

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 8

Category 7:

The Unexpected

Surprise us!

Submission & voting:
February 4 - February 14

Winners: February 22

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 10

March 2 - March 10

Winners: March 11

Data Entry Contest

Category 1

Submission:
November 18 - 29

Winner: December 7

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: January 4

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: February 1

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: March 1

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 21, January 18, and February 15