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Photos of the day: July 1-15, 2021

Every day on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, we share a photo of the day — a superb image from the more than 20,000 pictures in our Reader GalleriesOur selections from the first half of July 2021 included an amazing photo of a Red-shouldered Hawk, a rare sighting of Piping Plovers, a fantastic portrait of an Allen’s Hummingbird, and more!

Visit our galleries to submit your photos and gain inspiration from the BirdWatching community.

Piping Plovers by Scott Zimmermann

Piping Plovers by Scott Zimmermann

New to our Rarities Gallery: Scott Zimmermann photographed this adult Piping Plover and its chick near Lake Erie in Ohio. It has been eight decades since Piping Plovers nested in the state. The adult pair, known as Nellie & Nish, are raising four chicks this summer at Maumee Bay State Park.

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