January 24, 2020
| Northern Cardinal by Bethany Knox|
Our fifth BirdSpotter category was all about birds on the wing – soaring, flapping, taking off, and coming in for a landing. There were so many entries, and votes were close! Without further ado, congratulations to our BirdSpotter People’s Choice winner for Category 5, Bethany Knox of Pittsburgh, PA! Bethany used a camera mounted near her feeders to snap this up close shot of a Northern Cardinal.
Northern Cardinals are a favorite of many birdwatchers. The bright red colors of the males are a delight to see contrasting against the gray winter days. Northern Cardinals live year round across their range, stretching from the eastern US, to the Great Plains, and even into the southern parts of Ontario and Quebec and parts of the southwestern deserts of Arizona. To attract one to your yard, you can provide sunflower seeds, safflower, cracked corn, peanut hearts, millet and milo, using tube, hopper, or platform feeders, or by scattering food on the ground.
Submissions are open now for the sixth BirdSpotter category Splash of Sunshine! We all need a little sun at this point in the winter. Submit your photo of any bird with yellow plumage by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, January 30, 2020 for a chance to win. These winners will be announced on Friday, February 7, and will be entered into the Grand Prize contest along with other weekly winners. 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.