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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Night Owl
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2 years ago

So sweet ❤️

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This bird has teeth!

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FortnitePlayerGirl
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2 years ago (edited)

Did anybody else think he actually had teeth at first or was it just me?

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The birds had lots to say today.

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Char Char
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2 years ago

You shut up! No, you shut up! No you...

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

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

You spying on me?

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Doves in lurve.

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LanteiaTG
Community Member
2 years ago

We've got a lovely family of doves in our yard. It grows every year with the new offspring finding mates from other dove families. There's a three grandparent sets now, two parent sets, and their children from this past summer. Looking forward to what occurs this spring!

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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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diane a
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2 years ago

Beautiful bird - is it a Cardinal?

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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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Andres Tejeda
Community Member
2 years ago

That bird looks like he is about to drop a dope ass rap album.

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

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

Blue jays take peanuts over meal worms...interesting.

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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?

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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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FortnitePlayerGirl
Community Member
2 years ago

Why this bird is cooler than me

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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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Dawn Welton
Community Member
2 years ago

Eastern Bluebirds

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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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LanteiaTG
Community Member
2 years ago

Lovely shot of a hummingbird! I wish I could catch them in flight like this. Watching hummingbirds zip about chasing each other and defending their territory is a highlight of my summers.

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The best kind of orange!

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Natasha Forchione
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2 years ago

They eat Jello???? O_O

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Fall is definitely her season.

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Elizabeth Butler
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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
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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
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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
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Common Grackle, I think.

LanteiaTG
Community Member
2 years ago

You lookin' at me?!

A B C
Community Member
2 years ago

"what the...? Do I have a pimple on my beak? Dang, I'm seeing Vick later! What do i do, what do I do?"

Sara Kate MacFarland
Community Member
2 years ago

...you are getting v e r r r y s l e e e e p y

Sveta Smirnova
Community Member
2 years ago

I am getting confused by looking at its eyes actually... Hahaha

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Cheri DePouw
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2 years ago

This Grackle looks PISSED!!

Amazon QT
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2 years ago

There wasn’t anything that they likes in the bowl.

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Gina Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

Unique colour and weird face.

Fran Stateler
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1 year ago

I'm practicing my scary face.

Debbie Strong
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1 year ago

Sharon the bowl is empty.....again.

Nicolas Schirvel
Community Member
1 year ago

He look just like my father, the day my 102yo Great Grand-mother made a sex joke about her late husband and her XD

Bob Stine
Community Member
2 years ago

Literally made me laugh out loud!

Donna McMahon
Community Member
2 years ago

“Umm, I think you forgot something. Here, right here where I’m pointing!”

Kitty Hugenschmidt
Community Member
2 years ago

YES!!!! I AM Gorgeous...AND SINGLE!!!

Joanne Kline
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice football helmet!

Steph Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

IF YOU TELL MY MOM I SKIPPED SCHOOL SHES GOING TO COOK MY GOOSE

BeesAreCool
Community Member
2 years ago

First glance that is creepy

Betsy Joseph
Community Member
2 years ago

Say... whaaat?

TC
Community Member
2 years ago

My boss...

Ula
Community Member
2 years ago

What ya looking at?

Doreen Fish
Community Member
2 years ago

They look so much like dinosaurs...love that

Pama Rutledge
Community Member
2 years ago

“Look into my eyes... You are getting sleepy... very sleepy...”

Ria Knott
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow such a pretty thing

Shella Coolman
Community Member
2 years ago

What? I didnt eat it all, it was like this when I got here.

Amy Hinkle
Community Member
2 years ago

Get off my seeds, b!&@#!

Marilyn Nickel
Community Member
2 years ago

What do you mean that I am funny lookin'?

Jessica Crotsley
Community Member
2 years ago

One of my favorites! Ministers of silly walking.

Nanci Warner
Community Member
2 years ago

flying purple people eater?

Elizabeth Feener
Community Member
2 years ago

Why do you like grackles and starlings? I think they’re pests.

Reta Meloche
Community Member
2 years ago

I love to watch them waddle when they walk. They always give me a good chuckle.

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Nathaniel Wilson
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2 years ago

Photo-perfect frontal pose!! Class

Brenda Young
Community Member
2 years ago

BOO!

Lisa Duncan
Community Member
2 years ago

That's a raptor claw if I ever saw one. LOL

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, those eyes !!!

Heather Silver
Community Member
2 years ago

What do you mean you don’t carry my coffee brand?!

Vicky Lewis
Community Member
2 years ago

I fell like he's yelling at me

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
2 years ago

😂😂😂

Carol Roeder
Community Member
2 years ago

What jamming purple!

Darren Hobson
Community Member
2 years ago

What chooo looking at

Max L.
Community Member
2 years ago

So, you did like avatar ? there you go.

Selene moonalani
Community Member
2 years ago

The pic look like he's trying to give some to us...no thanks

Sue Frayne
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow never seen one of these before 👌

Cindy Davenport
Community Member
2 years ago

They are all over down here in Texas. And they make a terrible mess. Not fond of them.

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comboplush
Community Member
2 years ago

A good reminder that birds are related to dinosaurs..

BobbiJo Rogeret
Community Member
2 years ago

“Ooooh.. wait until I see Matilda! There’s nothing left.. she’s soooo greedy! I know it was her!”

Kim Bush
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2 years ago

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Notice the same person has to repeatedly name the birds that she knows..... Like no one else recognizes a Bluejay or a Cardinal when we see one

Alice Laughs
Community Member
2 years ago

Dawn Welton offered to do this for diane a, who gratefully accepted. Also, as some readers are outside the US, this is a kind gesture from one international birder to others. Dawn also dropped some facts for this amateur birder. The gift of the tongue should be to lift each other up. What can we do for you?

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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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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Swoop and shove!

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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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Some guy
Community Member
2 years ago

Their murmerations are a work of art though. When I was a kid we had them take over our town hall and the adjacent tree and were shitting over everythingand nothing could deter them but most people have never seen their murmerations though. I would recommend anyone who is in a starling area find out where they fly at dusk and watch. It's stunning beyond comprehension.

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Be nice to each other and feed the birds!

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Dawn Welton
Community Member
2 years ago

House Finch

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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
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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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KarmaQueen
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2 years ago

Took me a second to figure out that his beak/mouth is completely open with a cranberry in there. I thought it was part of the nose.

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