Last fall, we sent out a call for entries to our first ever Backyard and City Birds Photo 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!
Below is a slideshow of our 12 honorable mention images. The images include shots of courting cardinals, hummingbirds, wrens, a nest-building gnatcatcher, and more. Each caption tells the story behind the photo, from the photographers themselves. Enjoy!
We’ll announce the winners on Friday, April 29.
Photo by Stan Bysshe
A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher builds a nest with bits of lichen and spider webs. Image taken at a city wetlands park, fifteen minutes from my house.
Alexandria, Virginia, April 2018