March 19, 2021
| Jelly Squabble! by Pam Garcia |
This 12 months’s BirdSpotter contest was as soon as once more stuffed with shiny, artistic, and delightful images of birds. We acquired over 1,900 entries and all garnering greater than 6,700 votes to assist us select our Judges’ Selection, Folks’s Selection, and Grand Prize winners! With out additional ado, listed here are our high three Grand Prize winners for this 12 months’s contest:
Congratulations first to Pam Garcia, of Mansfield, LA for profitable our high Grand Prize spot! Pam’s photograph is pictured above and exhibits 4 species: Baltimore Oriole, Blue Jay, Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, and might you notice the Northern Cardinal? She caught these birds whereas they had been all circled round a prized little bit of meals: grape jelly served in an orange rind. Pam additionally received Folks’s Selection in Class 2: It’s a Numbers’ Sport.
Our second-place Grand Prize winner was Deborah Yaworsky of Olean, NY. She additionally received a Folks’s Selection award in our sixth class, “Improbable Females” with this beautiful photograph of a feminine Northern Cardinal (left). Deborah says that cardinals and snow are made for one another – and we agree! Do you know that Northern Cardinals really do seem brighter in wintertime? You’ll be able to be taught extra about this fascinating phenomenon right here. Should you stay the japanese half of the continent, you’ll be able to appeal to this species to your feeders with sunflower seeds, safflower, cracked corn, peanut hearts, millet and milo.
Lastly, our third-place Grand Prize winner was Robert Hechler, of Vancouver, BC. Robert was a Folks’s Selection winner in our remaining Class, “Rainbow Birds.” Robert snapped this photograph of an Anna’s Hummingbird whereas on a research break on the College of British Columbia. Anna’s Hummingbirds are frequent to city and suburban settings, in addition to wilder locations like oak savannahs and open woodland. Should you stay within the West, attempt attracting them with sugar water – a 1:4 sugar to water ratio is adequate. Make certain to not add any dyes or particular sugars as they might be dangerous; plain white sugar and faucet water is finest. If it’s notably chilly, you’ll be able to improve the ratio to 1:3. Study extra about this species right here.
Due to our sponsor, Wild Birds Limitless for offering nice prizes to all of our winners this season! And, in fact, an enormous thanks to all who submitted, commented, considered and voted within the contest this 12 months. To view different winners, please go to our BirdSpotter homepage.