December 13, 2019
| Savannah Sparrow by Jamin Taylor |
Congratulations to our BirdSpotter Judges’ Choice winner, Jamin Taylor of Palmer, Alaska, for this beautiful shot of a Savannah Sparrow perched on blooming fireweed!
Savannah Sparrows are a grassland species, and fireweed is known to thrive in open meadows and along forest edges. Savannah Sparrows are not feeder birds, though they may come to backyards that adjoin fields. If you keep a brush pile on your property, you might see them swoop in and take cover during migration or over the winter. Fireweed is quick to colonize recently-burned areas, and in some areas, the bright pink blooms carpet the countryside.
Did you know you can participate in FeederWatch even without feeders? Participants are more than welcome to count birds that visit count site consisting entirely of bird baths and/or plantings. Native plants, like fireweed, are a great choice to help attract birds to your yard.
Submissions are still open for the third BirdSpotter category Cardinals and Friends! Submit your photo by midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, December 19, for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on Friday, December 27. 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.