December 15, 2018
| Tufted Titmouse by Mark Lowry |
Congratulations to our BirdSpotter Judges’ Choice winner, Mark Lowry, for this beautiful photo of a Tufted Titmouse! Mark noted that he saw this bird while he was fishing in Kentucky:
The photo was taken in mid-fall in Henry County, KY. I had gone to this particular area to do some fishing and hopefully get a few pictures as well. The field where this photo was captured was a recently harvested milo and sunflower field. I noticed that the isolated stalks of milo that remained were being used by Eastern Phoebe’s as a point from which to sally out and capture the numerous small beetles that were hatching. I turned my attention to this one particular stalk of milo to hopefully get a couple of shots of the phoebe. It was during one of the phoebe’s trips out that this Tufted Titmouse came out of nowhere posing for a second or two before leaving. No sooner did the titmouse leave that one of the phoebes returned to this stalk and resumed hawking for the hatching beetles. Being that I was focused on this spot, I was able to get this lucky shot. It happened so fast I wasn’t even sure I got the shot at first. A little serendipity goes a long way sometimes!
Submissions are still open for the current BirdSpotter category Sweet for Suet. Submit any photo of a suet-loving bird by midnight on Thursday, December 20, for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on Friday and Saturday, December 28 and 29. 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.