Birds have always been a symbol of freedom. But because of their liberating ability to fly, they seem so unreachable and mysterious to us. Luckily there is a way to meet with nature face to face and explore all types of birds in their natural setting without scaring them away or causing any harm.

Lisa, who goes by the name Ostdrossel on her social media, has always been fascinated by nature and different bird types, so when following her love to Macomb County in Michigan from Germany, she had an urge to get a little closer to the colorful birds in her yard that are uncommon in her homeland. She began exploring the ways to make it possible, and as a result, she has thousands of cool photos capturing different gorgeous bird species, their funny expressions, majestic poses, and sometimes crazy behavior. We showed some of her shots on Bored Panda 2 years ago, but since then many more beautiful birds have visited Lisa’s yard for the treat.

While experimenting with all kinds of foods to lure the birds in, she’d also set up up a camera trap that helps her implement her idea of exploring the birds from up close. She uses a bird feeder cam, which consists of a camera box, a macro lens, and an attachable bird feeding platform. She uses a tiny camera equipped with a motion sensor so that when a bird comes to eat, the camera photographs in a non-intrusive way. Her usual evening routine is going through an impressive number of photos taken during the day that can reach up to 7000. A photoshoot takes place every day in Lisa’s yard under any weather conditions.

The birds come back to Lisa‘s yard regularly, and some of them visit so often, you can actually recognize them among the rich gallery and notice their personalities shining through. From goofy doves to sad blue jays to hilarious bluebirds, enjoy the amazing insight into the life of beautiful birds.

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#1

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"The Mourning Doves were especially adorable today."

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Alexander Nord
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2 years ago (edited)

No words

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This bird has teeth!

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glowworm2
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2 years ago

Hah, this guy has corn teeth!

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The birds had lots to say today.

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

"Screaming match! Go!"

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"Don King came over and performed some seed magic."

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

You spying on me?

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Doves in lurve.

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diane a
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2 years ago

Aww - sweet

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Someone had moth for lunch.

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glowworm2
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2 years ago (edited)

"This bird seed could use a dead moth."

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"How I have missed seeing this crest"

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FortnitePlayerGirl
Community Member
2 years ago

When you're caught straying from your "diet" you said you would follow through with.

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Incoming gold!

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Char Char
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2 years ago

Sliding in hungry from the club like...

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Such a charmer.

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FortnitePlayerGirl
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2 years ago

Some feathers were ruffled that day.

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That's what I call a good hair day.

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Joanne Kostka
Community Member
2 years ago

Love the bluejay's expression!

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It‘s not too much if you can carry it all at once.

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Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

Been there mate, been there!

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Such a friendly, handsome young man.

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

That's a rose-breasted grosbeak. Such a pretty bird.

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Starling performance art.

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diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

Starlings?

Kirsteen McDonald
Community Member
2 years ago

Juvenile (l) and adult (r)

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Dawn Soehren
Community Member
2 years ago

Starlings are really beautiful birds....just wish they were back in England and not an invasive species.

Mary Rose Kent
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2 years ago

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I dislike them so much I no longer see any beauty in them. Just make them go away!

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Alice Laughs
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't let them fool you. They're pest birds in North Carolina and drive native birds away and damage agriculture on a huge scale, among other issues.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

They're horrible birds.

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Deb Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

Mean birds, ran off my chickadees, finches and sparrows. Blue Jays and Starlings are beautiful bullies.

Valereee
Community Member
2 years ago

Another couple on a dining date !

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

Exquisite looking birds.

Ute Kowert
Community Member
2 years ago

Starlings are so funny and awsome....do you know they can imitate other birds, animals , even telefonrings and the alarm system of cars?

Catherine Russell
Community Member
2 years ago

We have Starlings in England. They are beautiful, intelligent and perform mass flight performances at Dusk, known as 'Murmurations'. I didn't realise they had spread to USA. In what way are they a nuisance in your country?

Penny Leas
Community Member
2 years ago

I read once that several of them were brought here many, many years ago by a theater group who was performing one of Shakespeare's plays in a park... They wanted to give the play a realistic feeling of life in England. When the theater group was done with the play, the birds were released into the wild. They adapted very well to life in America. They are clever and hardy birds who can often out-compete some of our native birds. I know they don't technically "belong" here, but I love them anyway. They're just trying to get along in the world. They didn't ask to be left here.

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Kim Pratt
Community Member
2 years ago

These birds are such nuisance creatures, but their coloring is exquisite, so it kinda makes up for it.

BobbiJo Rogeret
Community Member
2 years ago

“Up here?” “No, down a little lower!”

yikes
Community Member
2 years ago

wow they are so beautiful

C H
Community Member
2 years ago

Starlings are so interesting. I have never had starlings come to my feeder, but I have looked up after being sprinkled by a starling bathing in my clogged gutter. Beautiful birds; I love their screechy calls at dusk which juxtapose the warm colors of the setting sun.

LanteiaTG
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous birds! I've never seen Starlings before. Envious of those who have these as visitors!

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

They're extremely aggressive and push out native North American birds. Vireos and swallows are severely affected by them. Any cavity-nesting bird, really.

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Dawn Welton
Community Member
2 years ago

European Starlings

hobbitly
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, never seen such birds, but those colors and feathers are beautiful!

Kathleen Foley
Community Member
2 years ago

starlings

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Baby stepped on mommy's foot !!!

Doreen Fish
Community Member
2 years ago

love them all

Diedre Barlow
Community Member
2 years ago

Starlings are great. So cheeky. I went to the seaside last summer and a youngster was harassing the lady selling fish and chips. Obviously I shared some of my food with the little guy.

Ria Knott
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh that is beautiful

Shella Coolman
Community Member
2 years ago

If you don't move over

katboxjanitor
Community Member
2 years ago

I was putting some tools back into the trunk of my freshly washed car when a flock of them flew overhead and collectively dropped their shit on it...and my back. INCREDIBLY smelly. Lost a favorite T-shirt and had to rinse off the car. Still vivid after 21 years later.

Pamela Scott
Community Member
2 years ago

Invasive species. Brought here by English "settlers" who missed them from home.

Orlagh Jane
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh that is a lovely one.

Marilyn Nickel
Community Member
2 years ago

Come here often?

ptm45
Community Member
2 years ago

'There's something on your head. Here, let me eat it.'

Patricia Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

"Here ya gots a little sumpin on yer head baby"

Maria Figueroa-saari
Community Member
2 years ago

I think they are in love~~~

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful birds

Shay Tims
Community Member
2 years ago

my favorite

Tania Forbes
Community Member
2 years ago

The colouring on these guys is awesome, I love it

John Bennick
Community Member
2 years ago

Get a room!

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful

Nicole Inglish Yoga
Community Member
2 years ago

Extraordinary color

John Kamau
Community Member
2 years ago

There is always that friend that keeps STEPPING ON YOUR TOES.... One Friend!!!

Janice Seagraves
Community Member
2 years ago

Wait, Mom. I like my hair like this.

Caryl Ward
Community Member
2 years ago

Love the little hearts on it's chest.

Carol Roeder
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, and I wish they would have stayed in England!

Liesa Yopp
Community Member
2 years ago

These are stunning. I haven't seen this breed yet.

Debbie
Community Member
2 years ago

Gorgeous!

How to produce sarcasim
Community Member
2 years ago

They're so pretty!!!!!!!!😍

Fran Stateler
Community Member
11 months ago

Wait! just let me fix your hair

Linda Born
Community Member
1 year ago

hold still you've got something on your head...

Gail Sawyer
Community Member
1 year ago

I raised and wilded out 3 baby starlings that came into my possession. The next summer, they came back to my property along with a whole flock of kith and kin and ate everyone of those gross tent-caterpillars that were inundating my property that year. It took them all day to do it, but I was so grateful! Plus, for those who hate on starlings, they mostly get a bad rap because they hang out with the brown headed cow birds, blackbirds and grackles. Starlings will not decimate a farmers new seedlings, nor do they eat your fruit off your berry bushes and trees like robins will.

Bob Stine
Community Member
1 year ago

They're holding feet! :)

Jean Holtof
Community Member
1 year ago

yes there, that"s the spot,

Donna McMahon
Community Member
1 year ago

“Very itchy. Thanks for the scratch.”

Carolyn Adams
Community Member
1 year ago

European starlings

Kitty Hugenschmidt
Community Member
2 years ago

Hey! There's room ALL around this feeder and you gotta CROWD me???

Steph Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

Mom stop kissing me the other kids might see! Have a good day baby!!!!

Lynne FitzGerald
Community Member
2 years ago

Starlings are so beautiful and so smart

Lynne FitzGerald
Community Member
2 years ago

Starlings are so beautiful and so smart.

Su Heysham
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautifully coloured starlings, so many colours in their feathers. Never understand why many find them ugly

Su Heysham
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful starlings very underrated birds, so many colours in their feathers. Never understand why many find them ugly

kombizz
Community Member
2 years ago

lovers

Laurie F Schwartz
Community Member
2 years ago

Together for ever

Jim
Community Member
2 years ago

Starlings are the reason Bluebirds are on the decline...

June Doaner
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice dance

Phil Watters
Community Member
2 years ago

Always "rats on wings" to me.

Tiff Marcum
Community Member
2 years ago

My fave so far and that's really saying something!

Cheryl Johnston
Community Member
2 years ago

They look better than the ones around in my town 😊

Kat Mckibben
Community Member
2 years ago

Worst invasive birds ever.

Kat Mckibben
Community Member
2 years ago

Worst birds ever

Nobody Null
Community Member
2 years ago

The European starling is a terrible pest in the United States. it is best to shoot them.

Faith
Community Member
2 years ago

well, IDK about shooting them but they are pests, yes

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When times are rough, we need to be there for each other, carry each other.

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hobbitly
Community Member
2 years ago

Hahaha XD

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"We were all worshipping the sun today."

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kai konami
Community Member
2 years ago

“Praise Jesus!”

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Doves can be the picture of pure elegance and beauty. But they are also the biggest goofballs.

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hobbitly
Community Member
2 years ago

Action shot ;)

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#17

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"Christmas Day brought some visitors that I have not seen at the booth in a while "

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Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
2 years ago

Ah! We can finally see the 'red' belly on the Red-bellied Woodpecker. (This is a male....red from beak to neck)

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The Bluebirds seem to have gotten a family discount for hypnosis class.

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Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
2 years ago

They both shut up

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"First Hummingbird pic of the season :) Conditions today are far from perfect, it is rainy and cold, but that also makes the birds hungry and willing to experiment."

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Dawn Welton
Community Member
2 years ago

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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The best kind of orange!

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Harold Summer
Community Member
2 years ago

What's this bird?

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Fall is definitely her season.

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Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
2 years ago

Waited in line for an hour, and now the food is all gone.....

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"Despite the snow storm, it was such a lovely day today. After a week of not feeding them, they still came back"

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

Mah eyebrows be fluffy!

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"I’ve been that excited about food before too."

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Char Char
Community Member
2 years ago

I SAID WITHOUT WORMS SHARON!

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It looks really cool how the adult feathers are coming in on the Grackles.

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Dawn Welton
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2 years ago (edited)

Common Grackle, I think.

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"More from the vault, and these get me into the mood for spring"

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FortnitePlayerGirl
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2 years ago (edited)

This is my jam

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"It wasn’t just the weather that made everybody more at ease. It was also that there were hardly any Starling there today. This was one of the only pictures with a Starling I got. It is rather impressive and intimidating, but their presence today was thankfully not."

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

I love the bird in the back pretending to be "Batman!"

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"This morning was rather cold, and I noticed several Starlings in the yard. The winter crew is slowly settling in."

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Dawn Welton
Community Member
2 years ago

European Starling

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Be nice to each other and feed the birds!

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Joanne Kostka
Community Member
2 years ago

more seed please!

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"I woke up to an empty nestbox this morning (Thursday), and can hear the babies softly calling in the trees. They must have fledged very early today. Cannot wait to see them in the yard soon :) The Bluebirds have not fledged today, so Syrup has to wait a bit longer to meet her siblings. I have a feeling it is going to happen tomorrow. Which would be good because we are expecting a heatwave."

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

"Hey! Where are the seeds?!"

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"The BBs behaved like the yard is theirs. I don’t blame them and am delighted"

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

So cute!

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