Are you watching nests? Take photos and win prizes! For the month of July, enter your photos of nests here for chances to win. Entering is easy, just upload photos of the nesting cycle (limit four photo entries) to any or all of these categories, including Nests & Eggs, Cutest Baby, Feeding Time, and Eyewitness! And while you’re taking photos, become an official NestWatcher and record what you’re seeing in our scientific database! Contest starts July 5! Submission runs until July 31. Voting occurs throughout the contest and closes on August 3.
There will be prizes awarded to the entries with the highest vote in each category. A Judges’ Choice and a People’s Choice overall winner will each be chosen from the category winners. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the contest period (August 4th).
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All baby birds are sweet, but we want to see your cutest kiddos. Tug our heartstrings!
Surprising or interesting captures related to the nesting cycle. Be sure to tell the story of what you saw!
Feeding time can be raucous, or more civilized. Dish up your favorite mealtime moments.
William Page Pully
Sandy Hook, Middletown, NJ, United States
A young American Oystercatcher seeks the safety and comfort of his parent. Jr. is getting too big to fit but mom does her best to comfort him.
San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
These three baby Western Screech-Owls were looking out of their nest cavity and wondering what human passers-by were doing along Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail in Lafayette, California. They fledged the next day.
Blue Sea, QC, Canada
The loon family was having a peaceful morning in a quiet bay when another loon decided to land on the lake about fifty meters away. Goodbye peace and quiet. Both parents decided the visitor was too close to their chick. This is the female ‘walking’ on water, creating lots of splash and hopefully chasing the intruder off.
Atlanta, GA, United States
A pair of Northern Mockingbirds built this lovely nest in my neighbor’s rose bush. I’m not sure if they placed the petals in the nest or if they just fell in, but they coordinated beautifully with the pink string that the birds had woven in.
Pamela Rose Hawken
Northern California, CA, United States
This sweet young Northern Spotted Owl is listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. This baby is about 6 – 8 weeks old and was resting peacefully on a late July afternoon. Since they sometimes land on the ground, it is important to keep unleashed dogs out of any areas where these owls are nesting, as well as to refrain from using any rodenticides that will indirectly poison these and other birds of prey. Exact locations of nesting threatened birds should not be posted publically.
Boise, ID, United States
A pair of American Kestrels had nested in a kestrel box on the edge of the Boise foothills and hatched out 5 eggs. All nestlings were females and they had big appetites that kept the parents shuffling food in all day long. Here the female parent delivers a fresh lizard to one of the nestlings at the opening in the kestrel box.
Moscow, ID, United States
Kirkland, WA, United States
A killdeer chick, less than 24 hours old, is already able to run about and forage for itself.
Belmar, NJ, United States
I was laying in the sand photographing least tern chicks when this pair started their dance. The male will hold the fish and walk around flicking it showing that he has his gift, the female will follow laying down and continue doing so until he mounts her and gives her the fish..
Stroudsburg, PA, United States
This Wood Thrush nest, built with plenty of trash, was down low in a young birch right in my back yard. I watched this family from nest-building to successful fledging.
Dayton, TN, United States
Edmonds, WA, United States
These babies were about 24 days old. Unwilling to leave their nest. Mom was getting anxious and making attempts to encourage them to test out their new flying gears! It was very fun to watch them for 27 days! Sweet experiences and memories for me.
Salem, OR, United States
A Chestnut-backed Chickadee Fledgling receives some food from one of its parents.
Playa del Rey, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Swallows being fed
Lutsen, MN, United States
Dennis Dongmin Kim
Busan, South Korea
I’ve been here in Korea for 2 years due to the army/social service in Korea and was lucky enough to be a wildlife technician for a year to work with several ornithologists. One of the works that I did was doing nesting surveys for Kentish Plovers and Little Terns in South Korea. You will find their nests and eggs usually in May and June. Populations of these two species has been decreasing due to anthropogenic disturbances and predators such as raccoons.. Now I have less than 2 weeks left until going back to Minnesota. Just want to share a pic of cute Kentish Plover chicks.
McCook, TX, United States
Taken while photographing from a blind and watching these two cardinals tending to a fledgling, when they started to dance and display, reinforcing their bonds . I was lucky to capture them in this very expressive moment
Pittsboro, NC, United States
Of the five fledglings, this one demanded to be fed constantly. (S)he used every tactic possible–feet stomping, tweeting, stretching its mouth open, chasing its parent, and lifting its backside as high as it could go. (S)he wouldn’t take, “No”, for an answer!
Delray Beach, FL, United States
I have been watching a nesting pair of Loggerhead Shrikes for the past 4 years. They nest in virtually the same area each year, so I have been able to photograph some interesting nesting shots! In this photo these hungry hatchlings are being feed. When hatched they are blind and featherless. Fact: Though classified as a songbird this bird has a bird of preys attitude, it is the only bird that impales it’s prey!