March 19, 2021
| Jelly Squabble! by Pam Garcia |
This yr’s BirdSpotter contest was as soon as once more stuffed with brilliant, artistic, and delightful pictures of birds. We acquired over 1,900 entries and all garnering greater than 6,700 votes to assist us select our Judges’ Alternative, Individuals’s Alternative, and Grand Prize winners! With out additional ado, listed below are our prime three Grand Prize winners for this yr’s contest:
Congratulations first to Pam Garcia, of Mansfield, LA for successful our prime Grand Prize spot! Pam’s picture is pictured above and reveals 4 species: Baltimore Oriole, Blue Jay, Pink-bellied Woodpecker, and may 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 Individuals’s Alternative in Class 2: It’s a Numbers’ Sport.
Our second-place Grand Prize winner was Deborah Yaworsky of Olean, NY. She additionally received a Individuals’s Alternative award in our sixth class, “Unbelievable Females” with this beautiful picture 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 truly do seem brighter in wintertime? You’ll be able to be taught extra about this fascinating phenomenon right here. In the event you reside the japanese half of the continent, you possibly can 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 Individuals’s Alternative winner in our ultimate Class, “Rainbow Birds.” Robert snapped this picture of an Anna’s Hummingbird whereas on a examine break on the College of British Columbia. Anna’s Hummingbirds are widespread to city and suburban settings, in addition to wilder locations like oak savannahs and open woodland. In the event you reside within the West, strive attracting them with sugar water – a 1:4 sugar to water ratio is adequate. Be certain to not add any dyes or particular sugars as they could be dangerous; plain white sugar and faucet water is greatest. If it’s significantly chilly, you possibly can improve the ratio to 1:3. Be taught 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, after all, an enormous thanks to all who submitted, commented, considered and voted within the contest this yr. To view different winners, please go to our BirdSpotter homepage.