January 26, 2019
| Look into my Eye by Kayla Bendle |
Congratulations to our fifth BirdSpotter People’s Choice winner, Kayla Bendle, of Orton, Ontario in Canada, for her photo of this inquisitive Red-breasted Nuthatch! Kayla says:
I took this photo in the fall, we had so many Red-breasted Nuthatches come through in a period of a couple weeks; this day there were over 6 different Red-breasted Nuthatches and 4 White-breasted moving all around me and as I was taking photos of one, another would be running around behind me or around me on posts and trees; this little bird in the photo was incredibly comfortable with me and would even land on my shoulder or on my camera lens and tap trying to see if I would hand over some peanuts. Most of the large group moved through; but there are still a few that stayed behind to overwinter.
You can attract nuthatches to your feeders by providing sunflower seeds (hulled or shelled), suet, whole peanuts, peanut hearts, or mealworms. Explore the preferences of other feeder species by using our fun, interactive Common Feeder Birds tool!
Submissions are open for the current BirdSpotter category Cardinals and Friends. Submit your photo of any bird in the Cardinal family by midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, January 31, 2019 for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9. 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.