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Wild Birds Unlimited Clearwater/Safety Harbor’s First Bird of the Month Contest Has a WINNER! Scooter’s all a Twitter!

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Scooter is excited to announce that the Clearwater/Safety Harbor Wild Birds Unlimited’s first Bird of the Month Contest has drawn to a close! And the winner is a Florida favorite: The Northern Cardinal with a popular photo submission from WBU Clearwater/Safety Harbor Fan, Jennifer Rothe.

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WBU Clearwater/Safety Harbor Bird of the Month Contest Winner,Jennifer Rothe, with Baby Cardinal

WBU Clearwater/Safety Harbor Bird of the Month Contest Winner,Jennifer Rothe, with Baby Cardinal

Jennifer’s photo of a baby Cardinal resting on a branch near its nest was a fan favorite and drew lots of attention. Clearly one of America’s most admired birds, the Northern Cardinal is also one of the most easily recognized; with the males’ striking red plumage and black masks shading around the eyes of both genders, this regal bird is among the most sought after in avian photography and cinematography. Played against backgrounds of snow-covered hills or nestled within the vibrant green hues of whatever foliage surrounds it, the Northern Cardinal makes for a very fascinating subject.

Preferring to dine on seeds and berries, Northern Cardinals will consume insects and mealworms especially during times of nesting and bearing or raising young. While the female cardinal, a duller orange hue, sits watch over their eggs and nestlings, the male will forage for food and then feed her as she rests on her nest.

Northern Cardinals cover a wide, year-round range of the United States so spotting one in your Florida backyard habitat and general neighborhood is a common and happy occurrence. Wild Birds Unlimited in Clearwater/Safety Harbor suggests feed including Sunflower and Safflower. While they prefer to feed on the ground near hedges and dense shrubbery, they will readily make use of platform feeders, suet cages and tube feeders.

Jennifer Rothe's other submission, Yellow-Bellied Fly Catcher!

Jennifer Rothe’s other submission, Yellow-Bellied Fly Catcher!

Due to its normally dapper appearance, it is most shocking to see a Northern Cardinal in full-molt. While disturbing to see, this is a normal process of natural growth and serves as a healthy pattern of replacing worn feathers with newer, stronger ones. While they are not ill, all birds require and benefit from fortified seed and feed during these times so make sure your feeders are stocked with fresh seed for just such a reason.

An aggressive bird during mating season, Cardinals are among the top culprits when it comes to window crashes. Seeing their own reflections, male Cardinals assume a defensive position among their territory and crash into the window in an attempt to stave off their imagined competition. Since injury can occur, you can safeguard your Florida home by adding chimes, decals (on the outside of windows), and statuary positioned to harmlessly warn away the bird from the window areas.

Wild Birds Unlimited in Clearwater/Safety Harbor congratulates our friend Jennifer Rothe with a $20 dollar gift card for use at our WBU Clearwater/Safety Harbor location! Thanks to Jennifer for allowing us to share her picture of this favorite of Florida’s wild birds, the Northern Cardinal!

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How can I join in on the Bird of the Month Contest Fun?

Wild Birds Unlimited in Clearwater/Safety Harbor’s Monthly Bird of the Month Contest is held on our Facebook page. It starts at the beginning of each month, and ends on the last day of each month. Entrants are invited to open the BoM App on our Facebook page where they may submit up to 3 (three) of their favorite *NON-PROFESSIONAL,*UNEDITED wild bird photographs via the Facebook BoM App Icon under the “Enter” tab before the contest’s announced end date per month. The winner is chosen by most popular public vote via the Facebook BoM App Icon under the “Vote” tab, is notified via email, and is awarded a WBU Clearwater/Safety Harbor Store Gift Card, valued at $20.00. The winning photo will be used in conjunction with subject matter and content related to that specific bird via blogs, site and generally used content to profile Wild Birds Unlimited in Clearwater/Safety Harbor, the BoM contest, its winner by name, and all its relative details.

*Professional is defined as anyone ever having received payment via cash or barter for any photograph at any time and/or anyone who has copyrighted any photo used in submission. All submission will be verified. Sorry, any photo deemed professional by this description will be disqualified as copyright infringed content.

*Unedited is defined as any photo having been subjected to any detail formatting, adjustment or alteration in any means mechanical or otherwise, after having been taken. 

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Read the Terms and Conditions of the Bird of the Month Contest Here, then join in on the fun to see if your wild bird photo wins!

 

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