February 7, 2020
| Yellow Warbler by Christine Hansen |
The sixth category for this season’s BirdSpotter contest was intended to bring some much needed sunshine to these gray wintery days – and boy did you deliver! We received hundreds of photos of bright yellow birds – what a cheery category! It was a hard to choose our favorite. Congratulations to our BirdSpotter Judges’ Choice winner, Christine Hansen of Sonoma, California! Christine’s excellent timing enabled her to snap this shot of a Yellow Warbler lifting off from a pool of water and seemingly pulling the water upward, against gravity! Christine described her photo:
We love to go to Galveston, TX in the spring to “shoot” warblers and anything else that flies or even moves. This Yellow Warbler, along with other migrating species, were partying in the baths. Hoping to catch something other than a wet warbler mess, I got lucky as he just rose out of the water.
Yellow Warblers may not be common feeder birds, but they are a fairly common sight to riparian habitats over most of North America. Only the most southern parts of the United States may catch a sighting only during migration (like Christine did in Texas!) Both males and females are bright yellow, but only the male sports clear orangish streaking on his breast and belly. Look for these birds in shrubby thickets and woods near streams, rivers, and other bodies of water.
Submissions are still open for the seventh BirdSpotter category Boring is Beautiful! It’s time to celebrate our most commonly seen birds. Submit a photo of your everyday feeder visitors by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, February 13, for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 21. 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.