Wild Bird Gallery 2019 Contest Entries

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Backyard Bird Eateries:
Birds Partaking in the Sustenance of Life
2019 Photo Contest

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Snow day for the Birds

by Deanna Mayhew
Crocker, Missouri


bird feeding frenzy

Here in Crocker, Missouri, it’s another snow day for the birds…Cardinals, White-throated Sparrows, Purple Finches scurry about to get their fill of black oil sunflower seeds. It’s always a favorite and provides an excellent source of high fat, fiber, and protein to keep them warm and healthy through the winter months.

2nd Prize
Squirrel Buster Peanut

2nd prize squirrel buster peanut

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

by Timothy Miller
Woodburn, Indiana


ruby throated hummingbird on feeder natural flower background

This photograph of a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird is very special to me due to all the work that went into it.  After setting up my feeder in our backyard flower garden in such a way that the nearby flowers would be in the background, I positioned a cardboard dummy camera nearby for a few days to get the little hummers used to feeding with a camera nearby. Finally, I dared to replace the dummy camera with my real camera. Tense with excitement, I sat back under the shade of a nearby tree with my remote, which I would use to trigger the camera every time a hummingbird zoomed in.  After many different tries, many hours, and many, many photos, I finally captured this photograph.

3rd Prize
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3rd prize squirrel solution 150

Having A Snack

by Jaime Janik
Downers Grove, Illinois


male american goldfinch

Sunflower & A Finch

A male Goldfinch feeding from a sunflower that I planted from a seed.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

by Peggy Yaeger
Corbin, Kentucky


red bellied woodpecker at double suet feeder

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Feeding Frenzy

by Jenifer Nagle
Santa Clarita, California


goldfinch nyjer sock feeding frenzy

This is in my backyard in Santa Clarita where the appetite of these Goldfinches is insatiable! The birds are feasting on nyjer seed and I have to fill the sock at least 2 times a day.

Wet Robin Enjoys This Unique Bird Bath

by Peggy Yaeger
Corbin, Kentucky


robin enjoying bath

I found this wet Robin in Lexington, KY  USA. It was really enjoying itself playing in this unique bird bath. I liked watching its antics.

Frequent Visitor

by Peggy Yaeger
Corbin, Kentucky


downy woodpecker at mixed seed tube feeder

This Downy Woodpecker is often seen on my bird feeder outside my classroom in Corbin, KY, USA. My first grade students really enjoy watching it every morning.

Backyard Visitor

by Jon Hains
Orangeville, Ontario


red bellied woodpecker feeding

Red-bellied Woodpecker

We were visiting relatives in Lakeland,Florida U.S.A and sitting in the backyard and this guy flew in for lunch. Having the camera right there I took the shot(actually 44 shots). This is a Red-bellied Woodpecker and he went to the feeder that had a mixture of seeds.

Hungry Winter Traveler

by Jon Hains
Orangeville, Ontario


pine siskin

Pine Siskin

Hi we live in Orangeville Ontario, Canada and feed a couple hundred birds mostly Pine Siskins and American Gold Finches plus about a dozen other different breeds. When the weather gets warm in the winter (above 0 degrees F) our home sounds like early spring with all the chattering in the trees around the house. This is the first time I have entered a photo contest. Thanks for the chance.

Mommy Bluebird Feeding Her Baby

by Jennifer Hall
Fort Wayne, Indiana


bluebird feeding young in birdhouse

Female Bluebird

She is feeding a cherry to her baby. The cherry is from my cherry tree.

Filling Up For Nesting Season

by Jaime Janik
Downers Grove, Illinois


male baltimore oriole

Male Baltimore Oriole

A male Baltimore Oriole having some sugar water after feeding on some grape jelly and sliced oranges.  Have to fatten up for their travel back after nesting season.

Chatting Over Some Lunch

by Jaime Janik
Downers Grove, Illinois


2 female ruby throated hummingbirds dining together

2 Female Hummingbirds

Two female hummingbirds having some sugar water lunch on the little sweeties feeder.

Hummingbird Nose Dive

by Ronda Hix
Scottsville, Kentucky


hummingbird flying

Nose dive!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

by Ronda Hix
Scottsville, Kentucky


ruby throated hummingbird at red flower

Don’t look at me while I’m eating!

2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

by Ronda Hix
Scottsville, Kentucky


2 ruby throated hummingbirds sharing feeder

Coming in for a drink before the other one drinks it all in Scottsville, Kentucky

Wind Beneath My Wings

by Julie


mourning dove in the wind

The Mourning Dove

In rememberance of those who lost their lives in the 2019
tornado that tore through the heart of Alabama.

Was It Something I Said?

by Clark LaGrange


red bellied woodpecker at tube feeder

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Most birds flee when this guy comes around!

Looking For Food!

by Missy Biller
Fayetteville, North Carolina


eastern towhee eating safflower seed

This is an Eastern Towhee. They love to scratch for food. This one was hopping all around under the feeder and found some safflower seeds.

My Favorite Treat!

by Missy Biller
Fayetteville, North Carolina


pine warbler

I’m a beautiful Pine Warbler eating my favorite nut and berry suet treat.

Fueling Up!

by Clark LaGrange


chipping sparrow dining tube feeder

Chipping Sparrows

Chipping Sparrows are extremely cute and hyper little birds!  They must burn a lot of carlories because they certainly consume quite a bit of seed at my feeders.

If You Hang It, They Will Come!

by Clark LaGrange


goldfinch at nyjer sac

American Goldfinch

I had my doubts about a white sack of nyjer attracting American Goldfinches!  But true to its promise, the birds showed up almost immediately!

I’m Hungry!

by Missy Biller
Fayetteville, North Carolina


chickadee at hopper feeder

This is a Chickadee eating an almond at his favorite bird feeder in Fayetteville, NC.

Christmas Wreath by Mother Nature

by Gail Hall
Smithfield, North Carolina


downy at peanut in feeder

Mother Nature Adds to the Decor

This photo was taken in Smithfield, North Carolina, USA.  The peanut ring has been enjoyed by so many birds this year.  I decided to add a big red bow for a Christmas decoration and let Mother Nature do the rest!  I have captured a Red-Bellied Woodpecker, the Downy Woodpecker, a Titmouse and a Carolina Wren decorating my wreath.

This bird is a male Downy Woodpecker.  He pecks the peanut shells until he finds his treat.

I watch the birds from a blind (small tent) and have my camera ready to capture Mother Nature’s beauty! She always gets it right.

Red-bellied Woodpecker –
Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut!

by Gail Hall
Smithfield, North Carolina


red bellied woodpecker eating nut

Red Belly Feels Like A Nut

This bird is a female Red-bellied Woodpecker. She is eating a mixed blend of bird food that includes sunflower seeds, peanuts and seeds. When this photo was taken, she was flying away with a piece of peanut. This feeder is the first feeder we put up and has lasted more than 20 years.

I captured this shot from a duck blind.  It was a gift from my daughter.  The birds don’t notice me as much when I’m in the blind with my camera.

Sharing With A Friend

by MaryLin Howard
Shrewsbury, Chatham-Kent, Ontario


mourning dove and sparrow at silver platter

A Mourning Dove and a Tree Sparrow share a delicious meal of birdseed on a silver platter.

Time for a Snack

by MaryLin Howard
Shrewsbury, Chatham-Kent, Ontario


junco at crystal bowl

Junco Stopping by for a Snack

A beautiful Dark-eyed Junco stopped by for a snack.

Crystal Nibbles

by MaryLin Howard
Shrewsbury, Chatham-Kent, Ontario


male cardinal eating at crystal bowl

Crystal Diner

A beautiful male Northern Cardinal enjoying a snack.

Pollen Head

by Bill Saidel
Cherry Hill,
New Jersey


female ruby throated hummingbird with pollen on head

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird sampling the Coleus in my backyard. Sloppy eater… note the pollen on its head.

A Square Peg In A Round Hole

by Bill Saidel
Cherry Hill,
New Jersey


red bellied woodpecker eating corn

This Red-bellied Woodpecker is opportunistic. When the trees aren’t fertile, it’ll go to my feeder for a choice of other food.

Pileated Picnic

by Elizabeth Sprague
Wantage, New Jersey



Pileated Woodpecker duo enjoying berry suet.

Majestic Bluejay

by Lauren
Masury, Ohio


bluejay dining on suet

King of the feeder!

Beautiful Bluejay enjoying an afternoon snack.

Play nice

by Lauren
Masury ohio


house sparrows fight over food

House Sparrows having a spat.

Do not play well with others!

Saving Some For Later

by Lauren
Masury ohio


house sparrow eating suet

So Cute

House Sparrow really enjoying the suet.

Three House Finches Enjoying
A Winter Snack

by Bill Saidel
Cherry Hill, New Jersey


house finches winter feeding

Did you hear what they have at the feeder in the next yard?

Red Bellied Woodpecker
Eating Suet in the Snow

by Timothy Miller
Woodburn, Indiana


red bellied woodpecker eating suet in the snow

Seeing this Red-bellied Woodpecker outside the window at my home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I eagerly set up my micro tripod on the window sill and snapped photo after photo of the contented woodpecker. Of all the photographs I took, this one is my favorite. I really like how the piece of suet in the woodpecker’s beak adds to the photo, as well as how both the woodpecker and the suet feeder are in tack sharp focus.

American Goldfinch Pair

by Timothy Miller
Woodburn, Indiana


american goldfinch pair natural backyard background

Seeing the Goldfinches flocking to our thistle feeder after arriving in early April (I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana), I set up my tripod and cardboard dummy camera nearby. After the Goldfinches became accustomed to the dummy camera, I replaced the dummy camera with my real camera. Using the interval timer setting, I set the camera to take a picture every minute. After multiple attempts and hundreds of photographs, I finally captured this photograph. I really like this photograph because the wide angle view not only shows the Goldfinches, but also their habitat – our backyard, as well as showing a touch of blue sky.


by Tina Kouskoutis
Tarpon Springs, Florida


tufted titmouse on stump

This picture was taken in my yard and this little Tufted Titmouse had the pile of seeds to himself for a total of about .5 seconds!

Feed Me Now!

by Terri Wasilenko
Weedsport, New York


sparrow feeding young at bird feeder

When sitting on my backyard deck I observed two Sparrows at the black oil seed feeder.  I laughed out loud when I watched a fledgling practically attack its parent for food. Enjoying the drama, I marveled at the parent’s patience as it was teaching its offspring to feed itself at the bird feeder.

Sweet Water!

by Terri Wasilenko
Weedsport, New York


female rubythroated hummingbird at feeder

When visiting Stillwater Inn in northern New York state, the owners had set up several hummingbird feeders for patrons to watch the local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds while dining on the outer deck. I payed more attention to the Hummingbirds than my lunch! It was a fascinating visit!

Yummy Worms!

by Terri Wasilenko
Weedsport, New York


robin feeding babies at nest

A pair of Robins built a solid mud nest on the ledge over my front door. Three wee Robins waited enthusiastically for their Dad and Mom to feed them constantly through out the day. If you look closely, one of the babies was quite large and often got more than its fair share.

I See You Watching Me

by Robyn Waugh
Columbia, Pennsylvania


ruby throated hummer at tube feeder

Ruby-throated Hummingbird sipping sugar water. Able to take these shots, as I sit on my porch where I have multiple feeders available for them to choose from. Always a super fun bird to watch!

I Am Thirsty

by Robyn Waugh
Columbia, Pennsylvania


gray catbird

Gray Catbird drinking from a fountain water bowl. This is a dog water bowl that my husband bought me a few years ago to help attract birds with running water. I have all kinds of birds that come and visit.

American Goldfinches in Symmetry

by Michelle Wittensoldner
New Philadelphia, Ohio


american goldfinch pair

Photo taken summer of 2018 at my home feeder in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Male and female American Goldfinch. They are eating nyjer finch food. I liked this photo due to the symmetry of the birds on the feeder.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Pair

by Michelle Wittensoldner
New Philadelphia, Ohio


ruby throated hummingbird pair at feeder

Male and female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at my feeder at home in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Birds are eating Hummingbird food. I liked this photo because I was able to capture not one but two birds in flight.

The Chase

by Michelle Wittensoldner
New Philadelphia, Ohio


cardinal chasing titmouse

This is a picture of a Cardinal chasing a Titmouse off the feed. It is just simple wildbird food here. I was happy to catch the birds in flight. Photo taken at my home feeder in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Cigar and Champagne

by Linda Brooks
Simpsonville, South Carolina


chickadee dining at champagne glass

I like to use unusual vessels to hold the seed and they make for interesting conversation starters.  This is one of my favorites. My Chickadee is enjoying a seed that appears to be a cigar while sitting on a champagne glass.

Early Morning Gossip Session

by Linda Brooks
Simpsonville, South Carolina


goldfinches dining at cup and saucer

I like to think “Outside the Box” and was trying to think of unique feeders. I came across this pitcher from a child’s tea set and glued it to a plastic plate. I filled the pitcher with seed and it spilled out onto the plate.  The next morning the Goldfinches were having a field day.  In my mind, I saw one of them saying to the another, “Hey Mable, did you hear what happened at the party last night?”  This is one of my favorite bird photos.  Hope you enjoy!

Coming In For A Landing!

by Kristi Hart
Texarkana, Arkansas


finches feeding

I love my backyard birds, and enjoy taking pictures of a variety of beautiful birds that visit my feeders year round. This picture is my first attempt to try and capture a bird in flight. With the weather being colder, my feeders were busy with yellow finches enjoying hulled sunflower seeds.

The Dark-eyed Junco That Saved Christmas

by Jody Grenier
Syracuse New York


dark eyed junco

This photo of a Sparrow was taken in Syracuse NY. The morning was perfect. The lightest of snow as the bird feeds is beautiful. Christmas morning!

I’m Outta Here!!!

by Tracie Csomos

Ida Michigan



Wait Your Turn!!!

by Tracie Csomos

Ida Michigan


bluejays at suet ball

Don’t Even Think About It!
I Was Here First!

by Tracie Csomos

Ida Michigan


bluebirds drinking

This picture was taken during the polar vortex that all of Michigan experienced this winter. I had a flock of bluebirds come in so quickly. I made sure I had live mealworms, and a heated bird bath close to where I originally spotted then. It wasn’t but an hour later and I caught these two drinking. Such an awesome surprise on a cold winter day.

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Dad And His Hummingbirds
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