November 17, 2017
A Grackle with a snackle! This fierce, in-your-face Common Grackle photographed by Lisa M. Ca (aka Ostdrossel) won the People’s Choice award for our first BirdSpotter category, Birds with Food or at the Feeder. Congratulations to Lisa of Macomb Township, Michigan!
Lisa shared, “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!” We could not agree more.
The perspective of Lisa’s photo is quite striking and luckily she shared her secret!
“The device that I am using is called Bird Photo Booth 2.0. It is basically something like a trail camera box with an attachable feeder and a macro lens. I put a tiny little camera in there that is equipped with a motion sensor, so it takes pictures whenever a bird lands on there. I have been using this device for about a year now, and have learned so much about the feathery visitors that are come to my yard. The photos are really giving an amazing insight into bird life. I am experimenting with all kinds of foods to lure all kinds of birds to the feeder. The summer was my favorite season so far because many birds brought their offspring.”
Want to see more of Lisa’s fun photos?! Check out her tumblr page, Ostdrossel. Lisa is a German native and Ostdrossel is the German word for her favorite bird—Eastern Bluebirds!
Monday, November 20, is the first day to submit a photo to the BirdSpotter category Bathing Beauties: Keeping feathers clean is important and refreshing! Biweekly People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners receive prizes from the Cornell Lab and our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited. Anyone can participate by entering a photo and voting for their favorites! Find out more about the BirdSpotter contest.