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Photos of the day: October 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 below from the first half of October 2021 include photos of Eastern Bluebirds, a close-up of a Gila Woodpecker, a dramatic group shot of Boat-tailed Grackles, and more!

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

Black-billed Magpie by Edwin Bowe

Black-billed Magpie by Edwin Bowe

A Black-billed Magpie hops in the grass in Yellowstone National Park. The birds are black and white with blue-green iridescence in the wings and tail. The species, found in western North America, has declined by about 25 percent since the mid-1960s.

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