March 13, 2020
| Surrounded by Pink by Eileen Chorba |
This year’s Birdspotter contest was once again full of bright, creative, and beautiful photos of birds. We received over 2,000 entries and nearly 15,000 voters helped us choose our Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice, and Grand Prize winners! Without further ado, here are our top three Grand Prize winners for this year’s contest:
Congratulations to Eileen Chorba, of Beach Lake, PA for winning our top Grand Prize spot! Eileen’s photo of an American Goldfinch (pictured above) framed with beautiful pink cherry blooms resonated with our voters. She also won People’s Choice in the “Splash of Sunshine” category. Eileen mentioned that her cherry tree provides great photo opportunities when in bloom, and she was pleased that this American Goldfinch was so cooperative. Plants, especially those that are native, are a great addition to your yard; not only do they provide food in the form of seeds but they often foster healthy insect populations too.
Our second-place Grand Prize winner was Mary Santangelo of Effingham, IL. She also won a People’s Choice award in our last category, “Potpourri” with her photo of an Eastern Bluebird (left) with outstretched wings. A fast shutter-speed is critical to obtaining such a shot, and Mary’s timing was perfect. Eastern Bluebirds usually stick to berries and seeds in the winter, but are mainly insect-eaters in the warmer months. You might see one at your feeder if you provide mealworms! You can increase the chances of seeing a bluebird by planting native, berry-producing shrubs and trees, or by installing a nest box.
Finally, our third-place Grand Prize winner was Pam Garcia of Mansfield, LA. Pam was a People’s Choice winner in our first Category, “Birds with Food or at the Feeder.” Her portrait of these two Orchard Orioles (below left) shows a male (right) and female eating grape jelly from an orange rind. You can attract orioles to your feeders too! Oriole species will come to fruit like orange halves, grape jelly, and even sugar water. Many species are starting migration soon and often appreciate an extra energy boost, so be sure to have your feeders ready as migration progresses!
Thanks to our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited for providing great prizes to all of our winners this season! And, of course, a huge thank you to all who submitted, commented, viewed and voted in the contest this year. To view other winners, please visit our BirdSpotter homepage.