November 29, 2019
| Sharing by Pam Garcia |
Congratulations to our first BirdSpotter People’s Choice winner of the season, Pam Garcia of Mansfield, Louisiana! Pam garnered the most votes for this stunning photo of a pair of Orchard Orioles. Pam says:
This picture is one of my favorites! I look forward to feeding and photographing the orioles every year… it just so happens that when I was photographing this male, the female flew up and decided to join in. She looked as if she was waiting on his approval for her to join!
Orchard Orioles are common over much of the South, East, and Central parts of the United States. At the very northern parts of their range they reach northern New York, and even into southern Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. Look for them in the tops of scattered trees or in open woods during the warmer months; they spend their winters in Central and South America. You can attract Orchard Orioles to your feeders by providing sugar water, orange halves, or jelly. They are also insectivores, so a shrubby backyard may provide enough insects and spiders to attract them during the nesting season!
Submissions are open now for the second BirdSpotter category Spectacular Sparrows! Submit your photo of any member of the sparrow family (both Old World Sparrows and New World Sparrows are eligible) by midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, December 5, 2019 for a chance to win! These winners will be announced on Friday, December 13, 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.