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Category 8: Rainbow Birds

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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 16th through March 18th.

See official rules >

Current Photo Challenge

Category 8: Rainbow Birds

In deep winter, we all appreciate a little color. Let’s see some yellows, reds, blues and oranges!

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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!

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Latest Winner!

Peace, Love, and Birds: FeederWatch in the Classroom

Congratulations to our third and final FeederWatch in the Classroom winner for this season, Maureen Foelkl and her students at the Queen of Peace School in Salem, Oregon!

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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!

Category Winners and Grand Prizes

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology & Wild Birds Unlimited

Category Winners

Grand prizes to be determined soon.



2020-21 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 16 - 26

Winners: December 4

Category 2:

It's a Numbers Game

How many species can you get in one photo? Show us the diversity that comes to your feeder.

Submission & voting:
November 30 - December 10

Winners: December 18

Category 3:

Birds in Flight

Diving, flapping, soaring; show us birds on the wing.

Submission & voting:
December 14 - December 24

Winners: January 1

Category 4:

Habitat Around the Home

Show us birds in the habitat you create around your home.

Submission & voting:
December 28 - January 7

Winners: January 15

Category 5:

Avian Antics

Do you have a hilarious photo of your feeder visitors? Share that laugh-out-loud shot!

Submission & voting:
January 11 - January 21

Winners: January 29

Category 6:

Fantastic Females

Celebrating the muted hues of female birds!

Submission & voting:
January 25 - February 4

Winners: February 12

Category 7:

Your Favorite Feeder Bird

Share a photo of the species you are most excited to see at your feeders!

Submission & voting:
February 8 - February 18

Winners: February 26

Category 8:

Rainbow Birds

In deep winter, we all appreciate a little color. Let’s see some yellows, reds, blues and oranges!

Submission & voting:
February 22 - March 4

Winners: March 5

Grand Prize Voting:

March 8 - March 18

Winners: March 19

Data Entry Contest

Category 1

Submission:
November 16 - December 10

Winner: December 11

What are you most excited for during this season of FeederWatch? Tell us why you love to participate!

Category 2

Submission:
December 11 - January 7

Winner: January 8

There are many ways to improve habitat for wildlife. What do you do to make your backyard a haven for your avian friends?

Category 3

Submission:
January 8 - February 4

Winner: February 5

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!

Category 4

Submission:
February 5 - March 4

Winner: March 5

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

FeederWatch in the Classroom

Schools winners announced December 25, January 22, and February 19