February 8, 2019
| The Queen by Rodney Wright |
Congratulations to our sixth BirdSpotter People’s Choice winner, Rodney Wright of Gardner, Kansas! Rodney says:
I was photographing this female Northern Cardinal when all the sudden a wind gust blew from behind her. It blew her crest forward making for a perfect “crown!”
The Cardinal family is made up of a several species – tanagers, buntings, grosbeaks and Dickcissels – and we had a representative from each of these groups submitted to this BirdSpotter category! You can see all of our Eyecatching photos in the BirdSpotter gallery. You are most likely to attract cardinals and grosbeaks to your feeders, though Indigo and Painted Buntings have been known to come to feeders too! Attract most of these species with sunflower seeds, safflower, and peanut hearts; buntings like smaller seeds such as thistle and nyjer, and may also eat mealworms.
Submissions are open for the current BirdSpotter category The Unexpected. Submit your photo by midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, February 14, 2019 for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23. 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.