45 Best Spring Bird Photos Ever
These beautiful spring bird photos are not to be missed! Each one was submitted by a Birds & Blooms reader and showcases the color and joy of spring birds.
From eye-catching warblers in spring migration to bright red cardinals surrounded by vibrant blooms, these 45 spring bird photos are the best of the best.
photo credit: Laura Foxhill (B&B reader)
1. Baltimore Oriole
“The bright orange and black of this male Baltimore oriole makes a striking contrast to its perch in the fading pink flowers and emerging pale green leaves of the redbud tree. I am thankful I caught the spring sun shining on this incredibly beautiful bird,” says Laura Foxhill of Hilton, New York. Here’s how to attract orioles and tanagers with jelly.
photo credit: Jeff Weymier (B&B reader)
2. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
“I took this photo of a ruby-crowned kinglet at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It’s an amazing place where I spend a lot of time taking photos of songbirds and ducks that move through the area in spring and fall. Last spring, spotting a spruce tree that had a few kinglets in it, I backed into an adjacent bush and waited for one to pass my camera’s line of sight. Kinglets are very jumpy, and they only sit still for a second,” says Jeff Weymier of Hobart, Wisconsin. Save money with these budget-friendly plants that attract birds.
photo credit: Cynthia Lockwood (B&B reader)
3. Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
“The scissor-tailed flycatcher is one of my favorite birds, not only because of its unique tail, but also because it’s the official bird of Oklahoma, my home state. I’ve lived in Texas for many years now, and I spotted this flycatcher on the prairies of Galveston Island State Park in Galveston, Texas,” says Cynthia Lockwood of The Woodlands, Texas.
Courtesy Alan Hailston
4. Northern Cardinal
“Two years ago, I noticed a male northern cardinal frequenting my double cherry tree every morning. My goal was to get a picture of him, surrounded by the pink cherry blossoms while they were still in bloom. After a couple weeks of waiting, I finally got the picture I wanted,” says Alan Hailston of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Psst—if you want to learn to take better photos, check out our articles on bird photography!
photo credit: Kimberly Miskiewicz (B&B reader)
5. American Robin
“An American robin stopped by our endless water fountain one bright and sunny afternoon for a quick dip. It went around the top of the fountain several times, as if trying to find the perfect spot,” says Kimberly Miskiewicz of Raleigh, North Carolina.
photo credit: Walker Catlett (B&B reader)
6. White-Breasted Nuthatch
“While I searched for spring migrants, this white-breasted nuthatch landed on a branch just a few feet away from me,” says Walker Catlett of Charlottesville, Virginia.
photo credit: Tanya Baker (B&B reader)
7. House Finch
“I was so excited when I captured this photo of a house finch. I had been trying to get a picture of a bird in one of my trees, but every time they saw me, they would fly off—until this lucky moment,” says Tanya Banker of McEwen, Tennessee. Follow these tips to attract more goldfinches to your backyard.
photo credit: Catherine Smith (B&B reader)
8. Red-Headed Woodpecker
“This photo represents a first for me—I had never seen a red-headed woodpecker in my backyard before. It stayed on the suet feeder for quite some time, giving me plenty of opportunity to admire its brilliant colors,” says Catherine M. Smith of Islip, New York.
photo credit: Stuart Allison (B&B reader)
9. Song Sparrow
“This little song sparrow landed on a redbud tree branch, its breakfast in beak, early one morning. Song sparrows are such a conspicuous part of spring. Whenever I come upon one boldly standing on its perch, singing its song, it makes all the colors of spring seem much brighter,” says Stuart Allison of Coronado, California.
Courtesy Carmen Macuga
10. Eastern Bluebird
“I love eastern bluebirds but rarely see them in our area, so I created a habitat to encourage their nesting. Last year, I succeeded, and a beautiful pair of bluebirds moved in. This photo was taken the first spring they decided to stay and raise their young,” says Carmen Macuga of Crown Point, Indiana. Check out these common backyard birds that you should know.
photo credit: Martha Chavez (B&B reader)
11. American Robin
“When I saw an American robin with leucism (partial albinism) last fall, I was absolutely enchanted. Winter passed, and I wasn’t sure if I would see this special bird again. I was so happy when it reappeared in my yard once March arrived. This robin is a great photo subject and seems to enjoy posing for the camera!” says Martha Chavez of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
photo credit: Janelle Pitula (B&B reader)
12. White-Throated Sparrow
“When I began pursuing photography a few years ago, I dreamed of getting a shot of a bird in my backyard crabapple tree while it was in bloom. Last year, I waited and waited as the sun slowly set and I captured this lovely white-throated sparrow as it sat and snacked on the tree’s blossoms. Patience and hard work really paid off!” says Janelle Pitula of Oswego, Illinois.
photo credit: William Canosa (B&B reader)
13. Yellow Warbler
“I snapped the shutter at the perfect moment last spring. Yellow warblers like this one were making their way through Connecticut as part of their migration journey,” says William Canosa of Brandford, Connecticut.
photo credit: Edward Boos (B&B reader)
14. Florida Scrub-Jay
“The Florida scrub-jay lives only in Florida. For the past five years, my wife and I have visited a site where a family of three to five of these naturally curious birds resides. During one visit, I walked away from my camera and was surprised when three scrub-jays landed on it. Fortunately, I had a hand-held camera with me and captured the moment,” says Edward Boos of Scaly Mountain, North Carolina.
photo credit: Steven Biegler (B&B reader)
15. Northern Mockingbird
“The range of sounds a northern mockingbird can make is amazing, and I’m fortunate to have one of these wonderful birds frequent my backyard. I think this photograph exemplifies what mockingbirds do better than any other bird: sing their hearts out. I especially love the way the sunlight illuminates the inside of its open beak,” says Steven Biegler of North Bellmore, New York.
photo credit: Elijah Gildea (B&B reader)
16. Calliope Hummingbird
“Every spring and throughout most of the year, 50 to 100 hummingbirds , like this male Calliope, visit my 11 feeders. They drink about 2 gallons of sugar water per day! April is my favorite month because I’ve had as many as six species show up then—Anna’s, rufous, Calliope, black-chinned, Allen’s and a single Costa’s,” says Elijah Gildea of Redding, California.
photo credit: David Meachum (B&B reader)
17. Prothonotary Warbler
“This beautiful prothonotary warbler photo was taken during the annual birding festival at Indiana Dunes State Park. The bird had been eluding photographers all weekend, showing up only occasionally. But on the final day of the festival I was one of two lucky photographers to catch it singing outside a birdhouse near a small bog. The other photographer was from England—he had traveled all the way there just to spot the reclusive prothonotary,” says David Meachum of Memphis, Indiana.
photo credit: William Canosa (B&B reader)
18. American Redstart
“I captured this American redstart during a stroll in Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut. To get the best light possible, I take walks in early morning and try to position myself in a spot where the quality, character and direction of light are in my favor. Then I wait quietly for birds to enter the good light. I use bird photography as a form of meditation, so being patient is actually the easy part,” says William Canosa of Branford, Connecticut.
photo credit: Ron Newhouse (B&B reader)
19. Orchard Oriole and Painted Bunting
“Before heading home after a day of bird-watching on the trails at South Llano River State Park, I stopped at a bird blind near the park’s entrance. The temperature was in the 90s, so this water feature was very busy! A male painted bunting and a female orchard oriole sharing the dripping water provided a very colorful picture of the action,” says Ron Newhouse of Bryan, Texas.
photo credit: Ted Busby (B&B reader)
20. Eastern Bluebird
“The handsome eastern bluebird is a sure sign of spring. This one perched not far from a nest box it had been checking out,” says Ted Busby of Carleton Place, Ontario.
photo credit: Paul Griffin (B&B reader)
21. Indigo Bunting
“The sun hit this indigo bunting just right, making the bird appear much brighter and more turquoise than its typical dark blue. I took this photo while walking the La Chua Trail in Gainesville, Florida, with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i,” says Paul Griffin of Gainesville, Florida.
photo credit: Siobhan Hutchison (B&B reader)
22. Prothontary Warbler
“A tenant finally moved into the birdhouse I painted a few springs ago. This prothonotary warbler took a whole morning to move in, making a nest of bits of moss and dried lavender from my garden,” says Siobhan Hutchison of Bailey, Mississippi.
photo credit: Rebecca Granger (B&B reader)
23. Northern Cardinal
“Cardinals, some of my all-time favorites, visit my yard every day year-round. During the spring, they often perch in my blooming crabapple tree. I love this time of year when birds sing and blooms show their beauty,” says Rebecca Granger of Bancroft, Michigan. Follow these proven tips to attract more cardinals.
photo credit: Norman Cline (B&B reader)
24. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
“Nothing says spring in southern Illinois like the arrival of rose-breasted grosbeaks. This male was wandering around eating seeds that had fallen from the feeders above him. Based on his upturned head and the reflection in his eye, I think he spotted me,” says Norman Cline of Mount Carmel, Illinois.
25. Baltimore Oriole
“In the past, I had only a couple of oriole visitors for a short time. But last year I put out plenty of oranges and grape jelly, and I saw up to six orioles each day at my feeder. They sure do like the oranges!” says Diana Wolfe of Macy, Indiana.
photo credit: B.J. Lanich (B&B reader)
26. Gray Catbird
“This gray catbird visited our yard last spring, and it always chose to perch at the top of the white spruce tree. I took this photo on a cool morning, so when it fluffed its feathers, it became even more attractive than usual,” says B.J. Lanich of Wausaukee, Wisconsin.
photo credit: Pete Ritz (B&B reader)
“A few years ago, some new, feathered neighbors moved into my orange tree. It wasn’t until the female hummingbird finished her nest that I spotted her. I put up a feeder and started taking photos when she seemed to tolerate my presence, photographing her babies until they were strong enough to leave the nest. The mother was an amazing caregiver, and it was incredible to watch these tiny birds grow,” says Pete Ritz of Scottsdale, Arizona.
photo credit: Robin Seeber (B&B reader)
28. Yellow-Throated Warbler
“My husband spoke to me in a soft, hurried voice: ‘Honey, don’t move.’ I froze. I looked at him and saw him point up. I carefully raised my eyes and saw a yellow-throated warbler. It was hard to contain my excitement as that tiny, gorgeous bird sat on our antique dinner triangle. Once it flew away, my husband urged me to add it to our farm list—it was number 61. The warbler came back for several days, and we watched it munch on sunflower chips at our feeder (shown here) and gather horse hair. We hope to see this species around here again,” says Robin Seeber of West Alexander, Pennsylvania.
photo credit: Diane Barone (B&B reader)
29. Cactus Wren
“Cactus wrens at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson were busy with their babies in a saguaro. I think this photo is so funny! I tried to come up with a caption and settled for, ‘The kids have left home.'” says Diane Barone of Boise, Idaho.
photo credit: Carole Keskitalo (B&B reader)
30. American Robin Egg
“In just seven hours, a robin built a nest in the pansy planter on my doorstep. Soon after, I noticed she had laid a single blue egg,” says Carol Keskitalo of New York Mills, Minnesota.
photo credit: Tom Miller (B&B reader)
31. Roseate Spoonbill
“Roseate spoonbills are my favorite birds. Several were in the water when I spotted this one flying in to join them at Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area in Fort Myers Beach, Florida,” says Tom Miller of Towson, Maryland.
photo credit: Stephen Ofsthun (B&B reader)
“There are at least three types of sandpipers in this photo I took at Lake Thunderbird State Park. I was lucky enough to capture the shot while in a moving kayak!” says Stephen Ofsthun of Norman, Oklahoma.
photo credit: Gilberto Sanchez (B&B reader)
33. Northern Cardinal
“Designing and building my garden to attract wildlife in Orlando, Florida, is a work in progress. Cardinals often make an early morning appearance, and it’s a joy to see them. This beautiful female perched in my spicy jatropha tree before she went to one of the feeders. Her morning songs always bring life to my yard,” says Gilberto Sanchez of Orland, Florida.
photo credit: Stephen Shelasky (B&B reader)
34. Eastern Towhee
“As I strolled through the Hank’s Meadow loop trail in the Quabbin Reservoir, I spotted a female eastern towhee. Just a few minutes later the male showed up!” says Stephen Shelasky of Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
photo credit: Stephen McDowell (B&B reader)
35. House Finch
“One day while I was watching my feeders and photographing birds, I noticed this one. It had red on its head, neck and chest, but it wasn’t bright like my cardinals. Not knowing what type of bird I had captured, I sent the photo to a couple of my photo buddies. Almost immediately I received several emails telling me all about my new friend, the male house finch,” says Stephen McDowell of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
photo credit: Peter Brannon (B&B reader)
36. Scarlet Tanager
“Dozens of scarlet tanagers landed at Fort De Soto Park near Tampa, Florida, after they crossed the Gulf of Mexico. These birds filling up the oak trees were a really special sight,” says Peter Brannon of Tampa, Florida.
photo credit: Brenda Kerttu (B&B reader)
37. Mountain Bluebird
“Anyone who knew my Grandma Bernice knew she loved birds and that her favorite was the mountain bluebird. When I was a kid, we would go check her nest boxes to make sure they were clean and ready for new bluebird families. Now, years later, I think of my grandma every time I see a mountain bluebird, especially in spring,” says Brenda Kerttu of Naples, Idaho.
photo credit: Lisa Faith (B&B reader)
38. Tree Swallows
“A pair of tree swallows were building a nest in our nest box and decided to take a break on my backyard wind spinner. They went around and around many times, like they were enjoying their own merry-go-round!” says Lisa Faith of Antioch, Illinois.
photo credit: Kerry Loving (B&B reader)
39. Northern Cardinals
“Every time I look at this photo, I smile. Serendipitously, I clicked my camera shutter in the split second that they “kissed.” Capturing this moment between a male and female northern cardinal has been on my photography bucket list for a long time. I’m so glad I finally reached my goal,” says Kerry Loving of Carlisle, Iowa.
photo credit: Eric Sydenstricker (B&B reader)
40. Western Tanagers
“I hadn’t taken photos of birds for six years until the day these beautiful western tanagers showed up in my backyard. Their colorful plumage was so amazing, I just had to dig out my camera. I now have an updated DSLR camera and my wife tells people that I’ve become obsessed with taking photos of birds. She’s not wrong—I haven’t missed many days of bird photography since those tanagers,” says Eric Sydenstricker of East Wenatchee, Washington.
photo credit: Rick Hamilton (B&B reader)
41. Burrowing Owl
“My wife has always wanted to see a burrowing owl, so last year we took a trip to Florida. Once there, we were fortunate enough to find two parks with multiple nesting pairs. Of the hundreds of photos I took, this one is my favorite! Next year, we plan to go to Florida a month later than last time, so we can see and photograph the fledglings,” says Rick Hamilton of Westminster, Maryland.
photo credit: Francis Hoefer (B&B reader)
42. Eastern Bluebird
“This eastern bluebird was so busy hunting for insects, it let me get close enough to take this shot. I think the photo captures this little bird well,” says Francis Hoefer of Oswego, New York.
Courtesy Karol Habersetzer
43. Blue Jay
“Blue jays are the perfect birds to photograph thanks to their iridescent feathers, soft blue crown and majestic size. This beautiful jay was calling attention to itself while perched on our flowering crabapple tree. These birds have so many different and interesting songs!” says Karol Habersetzer of West Bend, Wisconsin.
photo credit: Caitlin Bozek (B&B reader)
44. Great Blue Heron
“I often take walks through Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island, New York. I am always in awe of the wildlife there—especially the great blue herons. There’s usually a lot of heron action in the park in spring, thanks to a major rookery located on Pirates Island, on the Niagara River. I took this picture of one of the herons leaving an inlet, probably on its way back to the rookery after catching its lunch,” says Caitlin Bozek of Grand Island, New York.
photo credit: Joe Stambaugh (B&B reader)
45. Purple Finch
“This purple finch perched on the soft maple tree by our patio before flying down to enjoy a meal of black oil sunflower seeds and peanut butter spread on pine cones. I love how its color perfectly matches the maple buds that were just beginning to open,” says Joe Stambaugh of Astoria, Illinois.