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2021 Backyard and City Birds Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

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.

Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinals

Photo by Cassie Dahl

It was a cold spring day and it started snowing. The male cardinals were busy courting the females and bonding with them in my yard. This female landed on the hook, and the male got a seed from the other side quickly to return and offer it to her. It was a lucky shot, and I was so happy to have witnessed it. Such beauty in nature!

Geneseo, Illinois, April 2021

Want to see more? Here are our 12 finalists.

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