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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.

Carolina Wrens

Carolina Wrens
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Photo by Glenn Ostle

A pair of wrens elected to establish their nest in a plant hanging just behind our house. We spent several weeks waiting for the time when the feeding would begin. We were fascinated to watch as the pair would bring various types of insects back to the nest. In this case, it happened to be a large fly.

Charlotte, North Carolina, July 2021


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

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