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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.

Rock Pigeons and Squirrel

Rock Pigeons and Squirrel
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Photo by Susie Kelly

A man was throwing bread out of his truck, and squirrels and pigeons were eating his offerings. When it came to the last piece on the ground, the squirrel got there first but allowed the pigeon to share his meal.

South San Francisco, June 2019


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

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