February 28, 2020
| Eastern Bluebird by Mary Santangelo|
Our eighth and final BirdSpotter category gallery was a mixing pot, showing all kinds of bird species. “Potpourri” was created to be a category that anyone could enter. Congratulations to our BirdSpotter People’s Choice winner for Category 8, Mary Santangelo of Effingham, IL! Mary’s expert timing, and fast shutter speed, helped her get this fantastic shot of an Eastern Bluebird’s wings outstretched.
Eastern Bluebirds are a crowd favorite. They eat mostly insects and berries, and sometimes seeds, so you’ll probably have the best luck attracting them (or other bluebird species, depending on your location) with mealworms and by planting native berry-producing shrubs. Do you have access to wide open meadows or fields? Try installing a nest box to attract a pair! (Be sure to respect others’ private property.) Our sister project, NestWatch, provides all you need to know to set up a nest structure for these birds, including a construction plan for building your own box, and helpful tips, like correct placement, and proper habitat.
Submissions are now closed for BirdSpotter’s 2019-2020 contest period. The Grand Prize contest will begin on Saturday, February 29. Visit our BirdSpotter homepage to vote for one of the 16 winners this year to win extra-fabulous prizes from the Cornell Lab and our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited! Find out more about the BirdSpotter contest.