These amazing bird photographs aren’t going to leave you indifferent! The color and fun of spring birds are captured in each shot, which was sent in by a Birds & Blooms viewer.
These bird photographs are the best of the best, ranging from eye-catching warblers in spring migration to bright red cardinals surrounded by colorful flowers. Here are a few of our favorites, with the reasons behind each picture.
After a long, cold Ohio winter, springtime is exciting. My goal is to get some nice shots of migrants in their finest colors, particularly the males. Debbie Parker of Sheffield Village, Ohio, was pleased to get a picture of the blue-gray gnatcatcher, which is especially difficult to capture.
This Canada goose was sleeping peacefully beneath her wing one early spring morning when I saw her. Her small children were chilly, so it was a particularly chilly morning. I grabbed my camera as soon as I saw them, hoping to capture the moment before they moved even a feather.
As I took this picture, I was overjoyed to see Mom and the babies were still snuggled together. I had no idea Canada geese could do something like this. That’s so charming! Rindge, New Hampshire’s Joanne Killmer
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the most common hummingbird species east of the Mississippi River, and their name reflects their bright red throat.
Every year, their arrival in their northern breeding habitat is eagerly awaited, and they are drawn to yards with nectar-producing flowers or where hummingbird nectar is provided.
Elaine McCabe of Newport, New York, says, “This bird came to our feeder with a flock of goldfinches.” It seems to be a normal carotenoid-pigmented American goldfinch with no melanins, which produces the brilliant yellow.
As a result, it appears that someone deleted all of the black from a normal goldfinch’s wings and tail. Learn how to entice more goldfinches to your yard.
When this Baltimore oriole came by for a photo, I had just put my oriole feeder out. Craig Watts of Hartsburg, Missouri, commented, “I adore the contrast of the red begonia with the oriole’s orange breast.”
Fruit and nectar plants attract orioles, which is a Bonus Bird Tip. Try crabapple and trumpet vine trees.
The northern cardinal, a resident of seven states, is a well-known bird. The male and female have a regal and whimsical appearance due to their vivid red plumage and perky crest, while the female has a softer fawn and pink-tinged plumage.
These songbirds are year-round residents in many yards, and they eagerly visit sunflower or safflower seed feeders.
While I was out for a walk, I lucked out and saw this scarlet tanager sitting pretty in the sunlight. Phillip Werman of New York City, New York, explains, “I’m always delighted when I bring my camera with me to shoot bird photos.” Tanagers have some surprising facts to tell you.
When I was walking with my husband, a patch of blue gently swaying up and down on a dried sea grass caught my attention.
I got closer little by little, until I didn’t frighten it. I was able to get a photo of the blue grosbeak clinging to its grass perch. Have you seen these hilarious bird photos that shouldn’t be missed? We love these photos of beautiful birds.
The Baltimore oriole, the most well-known of eastern North America’s birds, is brazenly colorful. When it came to species, these orange-and-black birds were once classified with the Bullock’s oriole in the west.
Baltimore orioles are now revered as songbirds and have been adopted as the state bird of Maryland’s mascot, as well as mascots for teams and schools. Oranges and jelly are offered in the yards of these birds.
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Our farm is visited by Baltimore orioles on a regular basis, but I could not get them to come in close enough. Two birds appeared on the honeysuckle as I sat waiting for such an opportunity. Robin Seeber of West Alexander, Pennsylvania, asks, “Was I lucky or what?” How to attract orioles is shown in this video.
At Tualatin Hills Nature Park last summer, I was fortunate enough to observe two barred owls numerous times. As I spotted them together about 25 feet into the forest, I was scanning the woods again in hopes of seeing them. I came upon it just up the trail after one flew off in pursuit of something.
In a tree, the owl stood at 6 feet. I stood there as at least ten individuals walked right past it, oblivious to what they were missing! “I didn’t inform them because I didn’t want the owl to get startled and fly away,” Kathryn Aldrich of Beaverton, Oregon, said.
Our front porch was home to an American robin, which we watched carefully as it constructed its nest in a tree right next to it. The nest had been blown out and the babies were lying on the ground, so I checked on them one day. We carefully placed the infants in the nest before returning it to the tree.
The mother robin returned shortly after, and everything was back to normal. We had a lot of fun watching these little birds, particularly how the father robin interacted in caretaking. Dwayne Proffitt, Tiskilwa, Illinois
Bonus Bird Alert: American robins may have up to three broods per year, according to some experts.
At Ellensburg, Washington, I saw this Western bluebird in the air. Thomas Tully of Seattle, Washington, says, “I’ve been photographing birds for a while now, and bird images like this are why I like it!” Don’t miss any more stunning bluebird images!
This male Nuttall’s woodpecker was attempting to construct a safe nest for himself and his mate, and my mother had a lot of oak trees in her yard. For days, I observed and photographed the woodpecker pair. Ramouna Minooeifar of Gold River, California said, “This was my finest.”
Nuttall’s woodpeckers eat a tiny quantity of acorns, despite being related with oak trees.
The downy woodpecker, with its black and white coloring and tiny beak, is the tiniest backyard woodpecker in North America.
It’ll eat seeds, fruit, and nuts in addition to suet feeders. Even becoming permanent residents in birdhouses, these woodpeckers are beloved visitors. Males have a crimson patch on their nape, whereas females are just black and white.
Baby Trumpeter Swans
This photo was taken on the shore of a little lake outside my house during the first few weeks of the pandemic in April. A mother trumpeter swan approached me and said, “Hi.” She had her babies on her back as she came up to me. As I began shooting, the two tiny newborns slowly made their way up on shore and began kissing.
This was such a special little moment for me because it reminds me that nature always finds a way to keep going and bring in new life in the face of everything else that is bleak.
Marlon Porter explains, “I used a Lumix DC G9 camera with a 100-400 lens.” See even more gorgeous baby bird pictures that you must see.
Isn’t it wonderful when you happen to be in the perfect spot at the perfect time? I happened to look out the window in late May while making hummingbird nectar in the kitchen. In my oriole feeder, which I’d filled with orange marmalade, a male western tanager was sitting.
He’d already had a taste, according to a little drip on his beak. “I took a number of photographs of this magnificent creature before it flew away.” —GeriAnne Abeyta of Espanola, New Mexico. These lovely birds can only be seen in one location on Earth.
When American goldfinches come to visit their yards, any birder feels wealthy, and they love Nyjer seed. The bright yellow plumage of males and the black patterns that contrast with it are instantly recognized, while females are lighter and less boldly patterned.
These birds are also known as wild canaries due to their melodious song. The smaller goldfinch, which is a comparable and equally lovely bird in the southwest, is a similar species.
Our yard is home to this lovely little Carolina wren. The bird sitting on the little boy’s knee is simply adorable. Carmella Poole says, “This was just a nice time.” What does a Carolina wren sound like, according to the experts?
I observed a surge of male hummingbirds at the commencement of migration, but due to the heat and humidity in central Alabama, I had postponed photographing them. It was a chilly, rainy day when it came.
Despite the fact that it was overcast, I went outdoors to photograph hummingbirds. The hummingbirds were going wild as the clouds broke just enough to reflect light off the massive puffy clouds above. A single male ruby-throated hummingbird fascinated me for many hours.
Julia Bartosh of Notasulga, Alabama, said, “I like this shot because it gives an unique look into the hummingbirds’ private lives.”
Hummingbirds preen their feathers after a bath or a visit to a mister, which is why Bonus Bird Tip: Did you know that to keep clean.
When the black-capped chickadee visits feeders, which it does often if black oil sunflower seed is offered, it’s curious and feisty.
The black head and neck, buffy flanks, and gray upperparts of these birds are easily recognized. These birds are replaced in the south by their close cousin, the Carolina chickadee, which may be attracted to yards.
Oriole in Flowering Tree
The spring migration of birds in my region is something I appreciate. Crabapples and other flowering trees are in full bloom at the same time.
Scott Diedrich of Buffalo, New York, says, “I had the pleasure of photographing this male Baltimore oriole among the flowers.” Review the eight oriole species that you should recognize.
I fed a colony of 20 eastern bluebirds mealworms all summer since they spent the season in my yard. Ralph Kiertianis of Griswold, Connecticut, said, “This picture is by far my favorite.”
The chipping sparrow has bold patterns with a black eye line, chestnut crown, and mottled back, making it one of the most common sparrows in North America. Young birds’ dull juvenile plumage, on the other hand, can be mistaken with other types of sparrows in the fall and winter.
The kinglet rocks the throne, which is ruby-crowned. Gary Robinette explains, “I’ve been shooting these guys all winter, but they don’t show that crown until they get enthusiastic in the spring.”
A black-capped chickadee is irresistible to everyone. This little bird was so calm and I got quite close to it as it enjoyed sniffing the flowers on my back porch. “I like the pollen on its face,” said Steph DeFerie of Harwich, Massachusetts.
The yellow-rumped warbler is the most widespread and willing to feed in yards and feeders of any warbler in North America. The bright yellow rump these “butter butts” are named for distinguishes the Audubon’s and Myrtle plumage variations. Throughout the year, these birds are both early and late visitors, allowing birders to spend months of their lives watching warblers.
After my husband informed me he had seen the scissor-tailed flycatcher, I was delighted to discover it in our driveway. Kay Dye comments, “It displayed itself and my new camera to me.”
We observed a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers construct a nest on the top of a dead tree in our yard in March. They became proud parents of a newborn not long after! It was fascinating to observe this loving family’s dedication to and raising of their children.
Did you know that red-bellied woodpeckers may nest in the same tree year after year, yet each year they dig a fresh hole?
The crafty blue jay is common. These birds may imitate hawk sounds to frighten other birds away from a desirable food source, not only storing nuts for winter.
When birding by ear, their tremendous cries are unmistakable, and their bright colors make them fascinating to watch all year. Any birder may encourage blue jays and welcome them to their yard by taking simple steps.
In the spring, one of my favorite migrating birds is the beautiful rose-breasted grosbeak. This spring, I was pleased to see a considerable number of men and women. Jean Owens says, “My viburnum drew them in.” 5 grosbeaks you should know if you’re a backyard birder.
Our bird-friendly garden is a pleasure for my husband and me. We had a slow start, but once we cleared a patch for seed distribution and put up two birdbaths, we started to see colorful birds in no time. We saw our first-ever big kiskadee last spring after three years of dedicated bird watching. What a lovely sight!
With its jewel-toned plumage and aerobatic flying, purple martins are one of the biggest swallow species in North America.
These birds nest almost exclusively in specialized houses with multiple compartments to accommodate many families at once, and have a close relationship with humans. These are sociable birds, and you’ll regularly observe a big group of them eating.
The cedar waxwings find this tree every spring, and we planted it for the shade. “They allowed me to sit on the patio and do bird photography,” Pearl Bouchard recalls. Cedar waxwing baby birds and nests are fascinating!
When plants were exploding with blooms and wildlife was everywhere, I had the pleasure of visiting Tucson, Arizona, last spring.
I admit I got a bit carried away with photographing hummingbirds and bird-of-prey for the perfect shot. However, I realized that I had overlooked a slew of other gorgeous birds, such as this female lesser goldfinch. “I like how the flowers surround the bird in this shot.”—Anne Girton of Edina, Minnesota