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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.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Photo by Meryl Lorenzo

This photo was taken in my backyard. We have 12 feeders, a few suet feeders, and two hummingbird feeders. We also have three birdbaths, one of them heated during the winter months. After Hurricane Sandy destroyed my garden, I replanted with plants the hummingbirds would like. Unfortunately, some trees shade the flowers at certain times of the day, so I must be patient for the hummingbird and the sunshine to be in the right spot at the right time. The timing was perfect for this shot. I didn’t realize he was after this bug until I saw it in the computer.

Bayville, New York, August 2021

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

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