March 19, 2021
| Jelly Squabble! by Pam Garcia |
This yr’s BirdSpotter contest was as soon as once more filled 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 yr’s contest:
Congratulations first to Pam Garcia, of Mansfield, LA for profitable our high Grand Prize spot! Pam’s picture is pictured above and exhibits 4 species: Baltimore Oriole, Blue Jay, Purple-bellied Woodpecker, and might you see 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, “Incredible Females” with this pretty 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 really do seem brighter in wintertime? You possibly can study extra about this fascinating phenomenon right here. If you happen to 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 closing Class, “Rainbow Birds.” Robert snapped this picture of an Anna’s Hummingbird whereas on a research 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. If you happen to stay within the West, attempt 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’ll be able to enhance the ratio to 1:3. Be taught extra about this species right here.
Because of 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, seen and voted within the contest this yr. To view different winners, please go to our BirdSpotter homepage.