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2021 Backyard and City Birds Photo Contest Finalists

In late 2021, we sent out a call for entries to our first ever Backyard and City Birds Contest, here on our website. Bird photographers entered more than 600 images taken in yards, parks, and other urban and suburban spots. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

Entries included images of owls, hummingbirds, cardinals, jays, finches, and more — from hundreds of photographers. The selection of images was outstanding, and our judges had a challenging task! Today we are proud to present the finalist photos, featured in the following slideshow. Each caption tells the story behind the photo, from the photographers themselves. Enjoy!

We’ll announce the winners on Friday, April 29, and will feature them in our July/August issue.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk
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Photo by Jim Burns

Cooper's Hawks have become urban raptors in many of the country's major cities, primarily because of the explosion of Rock Pigeons and birders with feeders there for small birds, which are this accipiter's primary prey. It is no longer uncommon to catch a Cooper's bathing in backyard birdbaths, even ones just a little bigger than the bird itself, especially here in the Southwest where we are in a protracted drought.

Phoenix, Arizona, November 2010


Want to see more? Here are our 12 honorable mention photos.

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