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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.

Eastern Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebirds

Photo by William Page Pully

For the past several years, we have been lucky to have Eastern Bluebirds nest in boxes we put up in the backyard. It has been awesome to watch the parents bring in an amazing variety of insects to feed their young. Once the young start to be visible through the hole in the box, they are getting close to fledging. In my experience, the fledglings fly from the box on their first flight and usually disappear into the woods. In this case, I spotted a fledgling and its father feeding it a moth in a pyracantha bush on the edge of the yard. I grabbed my camera and tripod and was able to get a few shots of the action. It was an overcast day so the colors came out very vivid.

Aberdeen, Maryland, May 2021

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

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