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.

More info: ostdrossel.tumblr.com | Facebook | Instagram | twitter.com | Etsy

#1

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"The Mourning Doves were especially adorable today."

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Night Owl
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1 year ago

So sweet ❤️

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This bird has teeth!

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FortnitePlayerGirl
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

You spying on me?

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Doves in lurve.

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LanteiaTG
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Beautiful bird - is it a Cardinal?

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Incoming gold!

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Char Char
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1 year ago

Sliding in hungry from the club like...

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Such a charmer.

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FortnitePlayerGirl
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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Such a friendly, handsome young man.

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glowworm2
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Hahaha XD

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Get off me, Eddie. You're getting a little possessive.

Linda Blough
Community Member
1 year ago

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother...”

Kaz
Community Member
1 year ago

*blushes* I wasn't expecting some NSFW action here. lol

Sara Kate MacFarland
Community Member
1 year ago

It fits, I sits

LA Juice
Community Member
1 year ago

they look like they want to nest there. that is how my doves act when looking to nest, sometimes in my hanging planter.

caleb
Community Member
1 year ago

Hush now Gregory, I am searching.

Lu
Community Member
1 year ago

First timers.

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

“Larry get of the seed, I’m hungry!!” “No, I’m comfortable!!!”

JMC
Community Member
1 year ago

Doves, all beauty and no brains!

Tyler Eidet
Community Member
1 year ago

Yo, you got my back? Ya bro, I gotchu.

Kiki Castro
Community Member
1 year ago

dem birbs are fuckin

Ian Taggart
Community Member
1 year ago

H-h-how?

LanteiaTG
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL! I I have never seen our doves do this! Too funny.

Dawn Welton
Community Member
1 year ago

Mourning Doves

Helana Kuipers
Community Member
10 months ago

you gotta love "morning doves. :)

Trisha Haskett
Community Member
10 months ago

He ain't heavy. He's my bruder

Nicolas Schirvel
Community Member
10 months ago

"Well, there is an issue with the landing zone : Too fluffy !"

Nope
Community Member
1 year ago

This made me laugh

Jean Holtof
Community Member
1 year ago

gymnastic day pyramid

Donna McMahon
Community Member
1 year ago

“Just a little higher, Bertie and I can reach the feeder!”

Kirsa Rasmussen
Community Member
1 year ago

After nesting a week in the feeding bowl: I don't understand why these "eggs" aren't hatching...and the male bird goes: Let me give you a little more pressure...

Katherine Bartlette
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha! Mourning Doves are beautiful but stupid.

marnidarr
Community Member
1 year ago

That's just funny.

Helen Pellegrino
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey, we talked about this. Now get off my back!

Kitty Hugenschmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

I know it looks bad, but you should see what's sitting on ME!

Gaye Kinneard
Community Member
1 year ago

He ain't heavy, he's my brother.

kombizz
Community Member
1 year ago

poor bird under him

Elise Williams
Community Member
1 year ago

"Oh S it!"

BeesAreCool
Community Member
1 year ago

That is adorable☺️

June Doaner
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes we do

Lidia Hickman
Community Member
1 year ago

He ain't heavy; he's my brother.

Betsy Joseph
Community Member
1 year ago

He ain’t heavy.... he’s my brother!

TC
Community Member
1 year ago

Doves and pigeons usually kissing each other and now they're straight into the matter...

Candy Carranza
Community Member
1 year ago

This could lead to something........

Deborah Shoniker
Community Member
1 year ago

Ummm you are in my space.....

Beverly Starr
Community Member
1 year ago

Relax...I've got your back...

Deb J McLachlan
Community Member
1 year ago

Mourning doves ?

Doreen Fish
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL....someone cold?

Jan Taylot
Community Member
1 year ago

We're gonna need a bigger bowl!

Jan Taylot
Community Member
1 year ago

This bowl aint big enuff for the both of us!

Ian Bodey
Community Member
1 year ago

He ain’t heavy he’s my brother......

Ralph Chicas
Community Member
1 year ago

Uhemmm.. i think they are making new babies

Ria Knott
Community Member
1 year ago

Unusual LOL

Shella Coolman
Community Member
1 year ago

I will sit on you until you lat me eat

Kippen Gallagher
Community Member
1 year ago

or a clumsy mating attempt...

Clarissa Norton
Community Member
1 year ago

mating maybe like the eagles do

Jo B. Ventura Gurule
Community Member
1 year ago

Possibly hiding this cache of food from others??

Jo B. Ventura Gurule
Community Member
1 year ago

Possibly hiding this cache of food from other birds??

Pamela Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

Did not know birds play king of the mountain!

Charlie King
Community Member
1 year ago

He’s not heavy he’s my brother 🎼🎼🎼

Louise Brigance
Community Member
1 year ago

Listen dude, if you wouldn't lay in the dish I wouldn't be on your back! Get out...

Amy Hinkle
Community Member
1 year ago

I think your egg hatched, yo

Marilyn Nickel
Community Member
1 year ago

Get OFF of me....*argh

Aitchilm
Community Member
1 year ago

"The boss is always on my back."

Cheryl Johnston
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like the bottom bird won’t be going anywhere anytime soon 😯

Josie Rockwell
Community Member
1 year ago

Can you just pop my back and be done, mate? The lady is watching

Carolyn Danielson
Community Member
1 year ago

He ain't heavy, he's my brother.

Debbie Rhodes
Community Member
1 year ago

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.

Guadalupe Sepulveda
Community Member
1 year ago

the best!

Gayle Bulleman
Community Member
1 year ago

Mine, Mine all mine

Brenda Young
Community Member
1 year ago

That's the funniest..

John Kamau
Community Member
1 year ago

Liz, your Ex is passing... Stay down!!!

Guy Ambrosetti
Community Member
1 year ago

That's Hilarious

Trudy Brodsky
Community Member
1 year ago

C’mon Mom! I’m sure I can fly! This is humiliating!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Just clowning around in the morning sun !!!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

That's one way to keep all the seeds for yourself... or is that two ways?

Darryl Wise
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you Lisa Smith Wise for taking care of me. You are my lady bird from my dreams and I'll love you forevermore. 😍😍😘😘💖💖💖

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
1 year ago

Not what I see though...my thoughts about this pic are much darker... That’s life little one...

Brie Sansotta
Community Member
1 year ago

He ain't heavy, he's my bro

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

If I fit I sit

Faith
Community Member
1 year ago

or crush each other!

Faith
Community Member
1 year ago

or crush each other

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
1 year ago

the one on the bottom looks like wtf!!! :D

Shirin Kamer
Community Member
1 year ago

Massage time

Ivy Crawford
Community Member
1 year ago

Mine!!

Shari Pierre
Community Member
1 year ago

Lolololololol.. family

Selene moonalani
Community Member
1 year ago

How the heck did that happen is my question

bahamut
Community Member
1 year ago

Taxi!

Kitty Cunningham
Community Member
1 year ago

Rude

A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm not quite sure if the lower one likes the way it all went or not

BobbiJo Rogeret
Community Member
1 year ago

“Move b****, get out the way...”

Nancy Jeckells
Community Member
1 year ago

...carry each other, One. anybody get it??

Klaudiia Sherbatzky
Community Member
1 year ago

your head is warmer than the cold floor xD

diane a
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Birds of that family do that alot - usually the male on top of the female

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"We were all worshipping the sun today."

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kai konami
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1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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