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Blue Jay with Peanut Trouble!
by Lonestar North
Fort Worth, TX
PHOTO#3-24LN

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Blue Is Eating Peanuts

Blue Jay on a circular wire peanut feeder.
The Blue Jays love peanuts and I enjoy watching them tackle this particular style of feeder. They can get very creative in their approach.



2nd Prize

Squirrel Buster Suet


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Downy for the Ride
by Jason Novak
Newburyport, MA
PHOTO#3-31JN

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Downy Woodpecker

Sir Downy frequents my bird garden several times a day. I have never had Sir Downy feed from my hand like the Chickadees and the Titmouse. At the same time, this friendly woodpecker is not scared that I am close by.
The Hairy Woodpecker and Red-Bellied Woodpecker do not hang around when I am close.

I am fascinated by the sounds of the woodpecker wings, very distinct!

Also, one of my favorite facts..."It may seem strange for a woodpecker's tongue to wrap around its skull, but this adaptation serves a far greater purpose than simple storage. The muscles of the tongue actually help insulate a woodpecker's brain from the shock of repeated pecks, decreasing its chances of developing serious brain injuries. The woodpecker's tongue basically acts as a helmet, holding everything in place and absorbing the force from each peck."



3rd Prize

Squirrel Solution 200


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Grabbing A Quick Bite!
by Mary Ann Igoe
Blackfoot, Idaho
PHOTO#3-9MAI

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Magpie

This photo was taken in Blackfoot, Idaho (USA) on February 3, 2020. On this very windy, cold winter day, I noticed the Magpies were leaping from the ground up to the suet feeder to grab a bite, and would then drop back down. 

They normally stay on the feeder and chow, but I think the wind was too much. Magpies are resourceful, so they found a way to get the suet regardless of the wind.

I am an amateur photographer and enjoy practicing camera skills with the birds at the feeder.

This photo was taken with a Nikon D500, F5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1000, focal length 155mm, and no flash.



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Feeding The Finch
by Peggy Yaeger
Corbin, KY
PHOTO#3-39PY

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American Goldfinch

While staying with friends in Blanchester, Ohio, I enjoyed watching the birds at their feeder each morning while drinking my coffee.  This bright yellow goldfinch seemed to enjoy the variety of seeds and mealworm that were provided.



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by Noel Laflin
(Orange, Ca.)



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Bath Time With The Bluebirds
by Mary Lew Renninger
Palm Coast, FL
PHOTO#3-1MLR

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This is a photo of the Bluebirds who live here almost all year in Palm Coast, FL.  Most of the winter it is about 40-60 degrees.  I feed them and provide fresh water constantly.  They eat meal worms and bugs mostly. They have really taken to the birdbath this year and so watching them is quite exciting.  One can almost read their thoughts!

I am an amateur photographer and I love Birds. I even took an Ornithology Course in College and loved it.  Now at 78 I enjoy taking pictures of my birds and love watching them in my yard.
These are some of the pictures I have taken this last month.  Hope you enjoy them.  I use  Coolpix P900 Nikon camera.  It has given me many wonderful pictures.



The Red Head is Feeder Beware!!
by Mary Lew Renninger
Palm Coast, FL
PHOTO#3-2MLR

red-bellied-woodpeckers

Here in Palm Coast, FL I have several Woodpeckers that feed with my little birds. It is interesting to see them interact with each other. He spends time at the suet block which is basically for the song birds.  I also put out peanuts in their shells which he sometimes takes. His colors are brilliant! It is a challenge to catch him at the right time because he seems very cautious.
It is Feb1st here and the temperature is about 60 most of the day. I keep fresh water in the birdbath and he even takes a brief bath sometimes.  He always seems to love it!



Backyard Friend 1
by Randy Rosenberger
Kittanning Pa
PHOTO#3-3RR

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Hummingbird Food

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird



Backyard Friend 2
by Randy Rosenberger
Kittanning Pa
PHOTO#3-4RR

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Seed Bell Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker



Baltimore Oriole
by Maureen Hopkins

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Windham, Maine
PHOTO#3-5MH

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Baltimore Oriole enjoying an orange

in Windham, Maine. June, 2019.



Contemplative Hummingbird
by Maureen Hopkins

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Windham, Maine
PHOTO#3-6MH

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Hummingbird in Windham, Maine, June 2019.



Hello
by Angela Vanderski
Mays Landing, NJ
PHOTO#3-7AV

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Red-bellied Wookpecker



I See You
by Angela Vanderski
Mays Landing, NJ
PHOTO#3-8AV

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My Red-bellied Wookpecker.

Saying Hello to me.



Look At That Tongue!
by Michelle Wittensoldner
New Philadelphia, Ohio
PHOTO#3-10MW

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

sticking his tongue in the feeder!



Finch Party!
by Michelle Wittensoldner

New Philadelphia, Ohio
PHOTO#3-11MW

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American Goldfinches

on the feeder.



Hummingbirds!
by Michelle Wittensoldner
New Philadelphia, Ohio
PHOTO#3-12MW

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Female & Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

at the feeder.



What A Beauty!
by C. E. Jones
Deltona, Florida
PHOTO#3-13CEJ

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Female Painted Bunting

What a surprise to discover a painted bunting on our feeder!  Though the male is the one that grabs all the attention, I have to confess this female is quite a stunner!



Take Time To Eat!
by Edward Surette
Netcong, NJ
PHOTO#3-14ES

bluejay-on-tray-feeder

Bluejay

Bluejay feeding on my deck. I have 3 pairs eating sunflower seeds being taken through a window with a 500mm lens. Sometimes as many as 40 birds at and around the feeder.



Light Up My Colors!
by Edward Surette
Netcong, NJ
PHOTO#3-15ES

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European Starling

When Starlings come they eat everything, and they fight too. If there are bugs in my yard, going, going, gone! Get bird seed and enjoy the show.



A Pose For The Camera!
by Edward Surette
Netcong, NJ
PHOTO#3-16ES

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House Finch

A House Finch on my deck by the feeder. They like sunflower seeds, and if I run out they come to my window and say where is the bird seed. I live in town and the bear likes seeds too, so new feeders. Let the show go on!



Sharing!
by Bette
New Ashford, Ma
PHOTO#3-17B

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Male Baltimore Oriole & Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Hummingbird and Oriole sharing a sugar water sip in New Ashford, Ma. Spring of 2019.



Welcome To My Tiny House!
by C. E. Jones
Deltona, Florida
PHOTO#3-18CEJ

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Mourning Dove

This tiny feeder is usually occupied by our smaller birds... except when this big ‘ole Mourning Dove  (who happens to have a very good sense of balance) takes up residency!



3 Amigos!
by Gary Brockman
Des Moines, IA
PHOTO#3-19GB

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3 Male Baltimore Orioles

3 Male Baltimore Orioles, enjoying Welch's Natural Grape Spread, from a Birds Choice Oriole Feeder.



Hey I'm Trying to Eat Here!
by Gary Brockman
Des Moines, IA
PHOTO#3-20GB

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Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Enjoying some Safflower Seeds



Hey I'm a Hummingbird!
by Gary Brockman
Des Moines, IA
PHOTO#3-21GB

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Male Baltimore Oriole

Enjoying a Sweet Drink!



Was It Something I Said?
by C. E. Jones
Deltona, FL
PHOTO#3-22CEJ

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Sandhill Crane

Other birds tend to scatter when these guys show up at the feeder.



Carolina Wren Ready to Fly
by Lonestar North
Fort Worth, TX
PHOTO#3-23LN

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Carolina Wren
My resident Carolina wren is perched on an open platform feeder.  I dedicate some feeders to specific seeds but this one is a mixture buffet of peanuts, corn, sunflower hearts and millet.  The mix allows for many different birds to enjoy.  This Carolina Wren looks surprised by my presence.



Downys At Dinner
by Lonestar North
Fort Worth, TX
PHOTO#3-25LN

downy-woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker On A Suet Log Feeder

This adult is feeding the juvenile a morsel of my homemade peanut butter suet.
I really like the natural look of this feeder which attracts many varieties of birds.



Love Watching
by Lorie Oneil
Ogallala, NE
PHOTO#3-26LO

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Love Watching

Cardinal, Goldfinch & Others



Big Bird and Cardinal
by Lorie Oneil
Ogallala, NE
PHOTO#3-27LO

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Big Bird and Cardinal



The Birds From My Back Window
by Lorie Oneil
Ogallala, NE
PHOTO#3-28LO

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The Birds From My Back Window



Black-capped Dee with Yoda:)
by Jason Novak
Newburyport, MA
PHOTO#3-29JN

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The Black-capped Chickadee

Seeing as it's National Bird Feeding Month, I thought I would do a series of photos at my bird garden here in New England.
The Black-capped Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse are the majority I have here, and many others too:))
The Black-Cap Dees are so kind. They eat out of my hand every day.  Here I am feeding them their absolute fav... black oil sunflower seeds.



Just a Moment in Time,
Breath Before Moment
by Jason Novak
Newburyport, MA
PHOTO#3-30JN

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Tufted Titmouse



Offspring Feeding Time
by Ronnie Schecter
Asheville, NC
PHOTO#3-32RS

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Bluebirds

This photo was taken in my side yard where I have 3-5 feeders out at any one time.

Caught this picture of a male bluebird feeding two youngsters.  Felt so lucky to catch them at that exact moment!



The One that Got Away
by Ronnie Schecter
Asheville, NC
PHOTO#3-33RS

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White-breasted Nuthatch

This is a White-breasted Nuthatch, feeding as it typically does, upside down.  Seems like he either threw the seed away or lost it along the way!



Loving The Warmer Days
by Vicki
SW Oregon
PHOTO#3-34V

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Broad-tailed Hummingbird



Five's A Crowd
by Carol Manglos-Foster
Onemo, VA
PHOTO#3-35CMF

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American Goldfinches

This is a photo of 5 Goldfinches in winter colors at our niger feeder.



Male Cardinal Taking A Bath
by Erika Gossett
Cleburne, TX
PHOTO#3-36EG

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Male Northern Cardinal

He is enjoying hid bath.



Male Cardinal Feeding Baby
by Erika Gossett
Cleburne, TX
PHOTO#3-37EG

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Male Northern Cardinal

Feeding a youth.



Female Cardinal At The Feeder
by Erika Gossett
Cleburne, TX
PHOTO#3-38EG

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Female Northern Cardinal



Tasty Treat
by Peggy Yaeger
Corbin, KY
PHOTO#3-40PY

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

This red-bellied woodpecker was enjoying a late lunch at the bird feeding station in Highland Heights in Northern Kentucky. I am lucky to find many different kinds of birds at this spot.



Red-bellied Beauty
by Peggy Yaeger
Corbin, KY
PHOTO#3-41PY

red-bellied woodpecker at chalet feeder

Red-bellied Woodpecker

I was visiting a good friend in London, KY in late afternoon after she had just refilled her bird feeder in the front yard.  We had a great time watching all the varieties of birds visiting, especially this red-bellied woodpecker. He was balancing on the side of the feeder and was curving his body to reach the seeds.  The red patch on his belly and on his head were very noticeable from this angle.



Grumpy, Unhappy Cooper's Hawk
by Tom Ferguson
Pahrump, NV

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Grumpy, Unhappy Cooper's Hawk

Finds Ice In His Bath Water

I have a resident Cooper's Hawk that comes quite regularly to the critter water tub and takes a sometimes very long bath.  Usually about 45 min to an hour.  I must have 500 photos of this guy taken over the past year.  These photos were taken Feb 12th.  I had gone out and busted the think layer of ice but the pieces were still floating on the surface.  He sat there for about 15 minutes, just thinking about it.  Then he jumped in.  This is a 3 photo series. 



Sandy’s Backyard Friend
by Sandy Daley
Dallas, Pa
PHOTO#3-45SD

red-bellied woodpecker flying from suet cage

Red-bellied Woodpecker Leaving Suet Cage



Another Of Sandy’s Backyard Friends
by Sandy Daley
Dallas, Pa
PHOTO#3-46SD

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American Goldfinch Landing On A Sunflower



Starling Chasing Off A Woodpecker
by Sandy Daley
Dallas, Pa
PHOTO#3-47SD

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Starling Chasing Off A Woodpecker



Feed Frenzy
by Laurel Jones
Monte Lake, BC
PHOTO#3-48LJ

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Red-winged Blackbird Feeding Frenzy



Blackbirds But No Pie
by Laurel Jones
Monte Lake, BC
PHOTO#3-49LJ

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Red-winged Blackbird But No Pie



I'm so Confused
by Cathy Allen
Sarasota, FL
PHOTO#3-50CA

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Male Painted Bunting

This male painted bunting was scared by a Hawk and hit my window. He couldn’t fly for several minutes afterwards. He let me pick him up and put him in the feeder. Eventually recovered from his near miss with death and is back eating with the 5 other male and female Painted Buntings.



Elusive Bushy Tailed Bird
by Laurel Jones
Monte Lake, BC
PHOTO#3-51LJ

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Bushy Tailed Bird



Squawk! This Rain!
by Selahnna Lang
Hendersonville, TN
PHOTO#3-52SL

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Eastern Bluebird

This normally beautifully sleek Bluebird was rather, um, transformed this wet, drippy Tennessee day, as I captured him in all of his drenched adorableness.



Delicately Designed
by Selahnna Lang
Hendersonville, TN
PHOTO#3-53SL

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Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse catches a quick snack from our feeder.



All Puffed Up
by Selahnna Lang
Hendersonville, TN
PHOTO#3-54SL

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Mourning Dove

I photographed this Mourning Dove on a chilly February morning from off my balcony in northern Tennessee.



Feisty House Sparrows
by Mary Ann Igoe
Blackfoot, Idaho
PHOTO#3-55MAI

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House Sparrows

The House Sparrows are a feisty bunch! It is amazing the amount of drama at the bird feeder! I have noticed the House Sparrows are rowdy while the House Finches and Chickadees prefer a quieter feeder, away from the drama.



Spring is Near!
by Mary Ann Igoe
Blackfoot, Idaho
PHOTO#3-56MAI

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Red-winged Blackbirds

Winters are long in Idaho! When the Red-winged Blackbirds arrive at the feeders there are large numbers numbers and they wipe out the all seed in the feeders! I don't mind this at all as the air is filled with their songs to announce Spring will soon arrive!



Hey There! Whatcha Lookin' At?
by Rekha Rajagopal
Blackfoot, Idaho
PHOTO#3-57RR

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Carolina Wren

This is a photo of a Carolina Wren. This wren made a nest in my yard and would explore the brush to find food. With winter approaching, I filled the feeder with hot pepper suet pellets and a seed/nut cake.

I am an amateur photographer, and I've been taking photos of all the different song birds that have visited the yard during the past few seasons. This photo was taken in 2019, during a mild winter with my Olympus PEN EPL8.



Just Hangin'Around
by Rekha Rajagopal
Blackfoot, Idaho
PHOTO#3-58RR

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Male Downy Woodpecker

This is a photo of a male Downy Woodpecker. I enjoy watching them visit my yard at different seasons and pecking for insects in the Silver Maple tree. This year, I placed a suet cylinder feeder with a no-melt hot pepper suet. This is a favorite among all the song birds that visit my yard, especially the Downy Woodpeckers.

I am an amateur photographer, and I enjoy taking photos of wildlife. Birds are my favorite subjects to observe. This photo was taken in 2019, late autumn with my Olympus PEN EPL8.



"So Much to Sing About"
by Deanna Mayhew
Crocker, MO
PHOTO#3-59DM

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Finches

House Finches have a captivating song, so much to sing about in the treetops above the feeders, whether it's protesting while the Squirrels help themselves to the seeds or maybe they are just wanting to cheer us up. Nonetheless they cause you to stop and listen. They are here year-round and they feed well with the American Goldfinches and they are easy to photograph, caught this guy landing while keeping his eyes on me, delightful birds to have around...



"All Gather Round"
by Deanna Mayhew
Crocker, MO
PHOTO#3-60DM

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Female Cardinal

A Female Cardinal with spread wings seems to say all gather around my birdy friends and let us all partake of the seeds...the Cardinals, House Finches, and American Goldfinches are always good at sharing and are always the first to the feeders after I fill them up, they're gentle sweet birds...



"Junco Landing"
by Deanna Mayhew
Crocker, MO
PHOTO#3-61DM

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Dark-eyed Junco

Juncos are a welcome addition to the feeders in the winter, they arrive in the fall and take shelter in the Cedars throughout the winter months and are more than happy to grace the feeders. Caught this guy on a Snowy Day with the House Finches...a pretty sight to behold...



Red-bellied Woodpecker
by Jennifer Smith
Melbourne, Kentucky
PHOTO#3-62JS

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

I took this picture of the male Red-bellied Woodpecker in my yard in Kentucky this past summer. Being a fan of this bird, I always have a suet feeder or two for them.



Costa's Hummingbird
by Jennifer Smith
Melbourne, Kentucky
PHOTO#3-63JS

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Costa's Hummingbird

I took this photo of a Male Costa's Hummingbird at my feeder called Copper Hummingbird, in my yard in October 2019. I love hummingbirds and take care in feeding them.



Hanging Around For A Snack
by Aaron Traphagen
Lynchburg, VA
PHOTO#3-64AT

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Male Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker Snacking on a berry suet cake.
We get a lot of woodpeckers, but this one caught my eye when he latched onto the roof of the feeder and hung-upside-down while feasting.



Mine!
by Aaron Traphagen
Lynchburg, VA
PHOTO#3-65AT

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Peanut Suet Balls

This year we have been graced by the presence of a beautiful Baltimore Oriole.  He immediately took ownership of our owl shaped suet feeder and got this bothered look on his face when Mr. Downy Woodpecker started eyeballing his food.



Are You Talking To Me?
by Ronnie Schecter
Asheville, NC
PHOTO#3-66RS

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House Finch

A House Finch enjoying some time at the feeder; interrupted mid meal by something.



Finch Feast
by Kara Cravin
Warwick, RI
PHOTO#3-67RS

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American Golfinch



Lunch Time
by Kara Cravin
Warwick, RI
PHOTO#3-68RS

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Northern Mockingbird Waiting For Lunch



Waiting in Line
by Aaron Traphagen
Lynchburg, VA
PHOTO#3-69AT

2 Female Northern Cardinals

Feeder:  Squirrel Buster
Feed:  Wild mix with nut & berry and black-oil sunflower seeds mixed in.
One female Cardinal patiently waiting in line for her turn at the feeder.



Ruby-throated Hummingbird
by Kara Cravin
Warwick, RI
PHOTO#3-70RS

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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird At Feeder



The Blue Jay And The Coffee Cup
by Michelle Key
Gorham, ON
PHOTO#3-71MK

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Blue Jay

I have old coffee cups in my trees in the backyard and I fill them with bird feed.  This is a Bluejay that stopped off for some food November 24, 2019.



A Nuthatch & A Gnome
by Michelle Key
Gorham, ON
PHOTO#3-72MK

Red-breasted Nuthatch

The gnome is supposed to go into my garden but I decided to put some bird seed in it and put it on my deck.  This nuthatch was quite interested in it especially when he found out the gnome had food.  Taken in my yard in Gorham, Ontario.



Chickadee Finishing A Snack
by Michelle Key
Gorham, ON
PHOTO#3-73MK

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Black-capped Chickadee

Was able to take a picture of this Chickadee on my hanging bell bird seed feeder on March 2, 2020.  Picture taken in Gorham, Ontario, Canada.



They Love This Bird!
by Kelly Carlisle
Las Vegas, NV
PHOTO#3-74KC

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My Cats Love This Hummingbird

My 3 cats love to watch this one bird everyday. They never try to grab him. They do try to grab others. LOL




Great Backyard Bird Stories:
"Tails" Of Backyard Avian Visitors
2020 Story Entries



1
The Birding Curve

by C. E. Jones
(Deltona, Florida )



2
Hummingbird Territorial Behaviour
by Deanna Mayhew
(Crocker Missouri)




3
Osprey Rescue
by Carol Manglos-Foster
(Onemo, Virginia )




4
Allen's Hummingbird Family
by Noel Laflin
(Orange, Ca.)



5
Grampy Cardinal
by Judi Bogardus
(Sloansville, NY)







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