December 27, 2019
| Northern Cardinal by Kim Caruso |
Congratulations to our BirdSpotter Judges’ Choice winner, Kim Caruso of McCook, TX, for this stunning shot of a female Northern Cardinal splaying her feathers out next to a puddle!
Northern Cardinals are a crowd favorite. They live over much of the eastern and southern US. You can attract them to your feeders by providing safflower seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts hearts and corn. They’ll also eat milo and millet.
This cardinal may be taking a drink, or thinking about a bath – birds are attracted to water just as they are to feeders! You can purchase a bird bath or simply use dishes or shallow pans. Birds seem to prefer baths that are at ground level, but raised baths will attract birds as well. Change the water every day to keep it fresh and clean. In freezing climates on the other hand, a bird bath heater will keep ice from forming. Never add anti-freeze; it is poisonous to all animals including birds.
Submissions are still open for the fourth BirdSpotter category Beautiful Blues and Grays! Submit your photo of a bird with blue and/or gray plumage by midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, January 2, for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on Friday, January 10. Biweekly People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners receive prizes from the Cornell Lab and our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited and are entered into the final Grand Prize contest. Anyone can participate in the BirdSpotter contest by entering a photo and voting for their favorites! Find out more about the BirdSpotter contest.