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Backyard Birds
Contest Winners!
October 2008

FIRST PLACE bliss_street "House sparrow - Taken on October 8, 2008. I saw him sitting on a branch of a small birch tree in our next door neighbor's front yard." (Somewhere in Long Island, New York).

The house sparrows, passer domesticus, were released in New York City in 1851 as a part of the plan to have all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare's works nesting in Central Park. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America

SECOND PLACE Also bliss_street "Cardinal - Taken on May 23, 2008. He was sitting on the very edge of the roof of our house, enjoying the bright, cloudless day."

Northern cardinal,cardinalis cardinalis, named for the male's color, is said to resemble the robes of the Roman Catholic cardinals. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America

THIRD PLACE: krispyz -- "The photo was taken on August 6th, 2008. Ring-Billed Gulls. This photo was shot in Pfiffner Park in Stevens Point, WI. As with any park, there were pletny of people feeding the ducks and the gulls were getting in on the action. The adult (right) was protecting his popcorn from the second-year juvenile (left)."

FOURTH PLACE: ravenwcatz -- An American robin.

FIFTH PLACE: woodeneternity -- The baby owls. "This photo was taken when I was rehabbing 3 screech owls at my home. All three owls, including the one not shown, were released back into the wild in July."

PhotobucketMy name is Lana and I live in Eastern Washington. I started this community because I thought it would be fun to chronicle my sightings and overall bird experience here. It's something I enjoy, thoroughly, and some of my friends and their friends have joined and share. One of my friends lonewolf2 got the feather-brained idea (just kidding Malcolm!) to see if we could get placed on lj_spotlight. I basically decided that since it was his idea, I'd put him up to the task, and I made him a co-maintainer of the community. And he did get us spotlighted! We've gone from 8 members to almost 700.

I don't want to make this a rigid ruled community... the point is to enjoy birds. And just so you know: "Backyard" can be anywhere you happen to find birds! :) Please, place any more than one photo under a cut. Here is the "how to" http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=75. The top uncut photo size should be reasonable, meaning that no one looking at their friend page should have to scroll left, right, up, nor down to see the entire photo. Those photos under the cut, though, are up to the poster. This is a photo/story bird community, so under the cut you should enjoy yourself and make the photos big if you want to show off some details of the birds, etc. :) Have fun! <--- Main rule. :D

We've seen birds from all over the place, but my hope is to have members who represent every part of the WORLD!


The above photo was taken in my backyard. The Northern Flicker seems to be at the door of the church, bowed and worshiping his creator. :) Below are some of my favorite photos from my own backyard.


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