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(*v*)  Wild Birds Winter "Chow Time" Photo Contest was a Huge Success!

(*v*)  Take a Few Minutes to be Involved In Citizen Bird Science..

(*v*)  Let's All be Part of Saving Our Dear House Finches..

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Wild Birds Winter "Chow Time" Photo Contest Is a Huge Success

There were so many great entries, it was incredibly difficult to pick just 3 winners!

We thank each contestant for their wonderful photographic contribution!

The team at WildBirdScoop.com consider each entry a winner!
 
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We would also like to extend our appreciation to Brome Bird Care for their generous sponsorship of first prize, the amazing "Brome Bird Food Court."
 
Also, to our respected and talented Judges for lending their expertise and valuable time.
See Brome Bird Food Court & Meet Our Judges

Do You have an idea for the next contest?

Would you like to participate in a story contest?
Have you had a very funny experience watching birds, I have!
Would that be fair as not everyone is a photographer?
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Do you have a photo that really needs to get out there in a contest? What is it about?

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Some of you may remember I sent that series out in the spring of 2017 in this newsletter.

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Do You Know About House Finch Eye Disease? 

This Is the Way We Usually See House Finches at This Time of Year ~ Let's Help Keep It That Way

Odd to think of a disease that only affects a particular species. Especially when there are other bird families very similar and dining regularly from the same feeders.

But none the less it is true for one of our frequent backyard bird visitors, House Finches.

Many years ago I noticed a House Finch at one of my feeders that did not act well, and with further examination I could see it had something wrong with it's eyes. 

At the time, I knew nothing about this problem that inflicted House Finches only, but instinct told me I should clean my feeders. 

I don't know what happened to that little bird I noticed that was ill, but years later I found out what was most likely the problem, House Finch Eye Disease.

The best and most effective way we can help prevent the spreading of this disease is to keep our feeders clean.

To help You join forces in battling this disease I have provided this link below on:
 
The Easiest & Best Way in 5 Simple Steps to Clean Bird Feeders -->
If you have never seen a House Finch with this disease, you can see one by following the next link. 

There is a healthy bird on the left and a sick bird on the right. 

It is good for backyard bird watchers to be aware of this disease and what it looks like and how to prevent the spread that threatens our beloved little red-orange-yellowy finches.
 
What Does House Finch Eye Disease Look Like? -->
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Bird News

The Information Below is Being Passed On to You in the Hopes You Will Participate in This Very Important Birdlife Saving Science 

Project FeederWatch eNews


For US Residents

At the end of April all participants in the US should have received their end of season update and renewel notice. If not or if you would like to register go to renew Project FeederWatch. You can download a PDF version of the News Note on our website.

For Canadian Residents

Canadians who have participated in the past will receive their FeederWatch News and Notes through BirdWatch Canada in May and renewels on their expiration date. To renew early or register visit Bird Studies Canada or phone (888) 448-2473 ext. 141.

Also, You May be Interested in Joining...

NestWatch

Many of you probably keep an eye on the nests that are built in your yard or neighbourhood already.

Anyone who finds a bird's nest of any species is invited to report their observations to NestWatch at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology or Project NestWatch at Bird Studies Canada, free citizen-science projects focused on breeding birds.

 
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Coming Up...

How to Fix Backyard Bird Feeding Problems?

How to Choose The Best Bird Baths!
What Other Ways Do Birds Use to Bathe?

Important Links & Sites for Backyard Bird Watchers

 

Enjoy & Benefit from All These Great Sites Regardless of Where You Live - the Birds do!

 

If You Live in the USA

eBird

Christmas Bird Count

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Education Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Bird Sleuth
 

If You Live in Canada


Project Feeder Watch

Christmas Bird Count

Bird Studies Canada

Education Bird Studies Canada

Other Valuable Sites

Audubon

Birdlife International
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Until the next issue wishing you abundant wild birds! 

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Happy Birding!


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