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 Scott Stoner
This House Wren was actively foraging, then staging on top of the nest box as if to make sure everything was safe before going to its nest hole. I observed it perform this routine time after time; I was able to set up my camera and wait as it nearly always stopped there with its food, affording repeated photographic opportunities and a chance to observe and record the great variety of food it was bringing to the nest.
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, New York, June 2017