March 6, 2013
Congratulations to Toni Pulvermacher of Dane, WI , this week’s winner of the BirdSpotter Photo Contest sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill! The theme this week was “birds at the feeder.” It’s fantastic to see Toni’s son’s deep interest in the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds — now that’s FeederWatching!
Are you wondering why Toni’s son has a helmet on? Toni explians:
My parents live in Wyalusing, WI, which is on the Mississippi River. They have a lot of birds. The grandkids have always loved to watch and learn about the birds, especially hummingbirds. My son, Nick, knew that hummingbirds are attracted to red. He came up with the idea to attach a feeder to the red helmet so he could watch the hummingbirds up close. His idea was a huge success! The birds came right up to him, and eventually he put his fingers around the base of the feeder and they would perch right on him to drink. From there, he thought of picking cherries off the tree. The kids would hold the cherries in their mouth and the hummingbirds would buzz right in front of their face. It was a fun experience for all of us!
The BirdSpotter photo contest will be taking a break for a few weeks while the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Facebookl page hosts March Migration Madness! The next BirdSpotter contest will start on Wednesday, April 3rd and the theme will be “natural foods.” There will be four more weeks of themed contests followed by a runoff for the grand prize of a trip to Oregon to cook with Bob!