This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic comes from Lucia, who suggested 10 Favorite Birds. I’m always up for some bird watching so I think it’s a great topic. Here we go!
- Red-winged Blackbird. When my grandparents moved from their apartment in the city to the “country” the first thing my Nana did was buy bird feeders and a bird book. The red-winged blackbird is the first bird I ever identified on my own from that guide book and I can still remember how proud of myself I was for finding it. It’s been a favorite ever since.
- Mourning Dove. I love their gentle coo-ing. Also, they were the 2nd bird I identified on my own. Don’t worry, this trip-down-memory-lane part of the list ends now.
- Great Blue Heron. I think they look prehistoric and I am so impressed by their ability to remain perfectly still while trying to catch a fish.
- Of course I have to mention the Bald Headed Eagle. I have learned so much about them while watching their nest in Iowa via the Raptor Resource Project. So cool. Dale and I saw one on our honeymoon in Maine and it’s a great memory of that trip.
- Chickadee. They are cute and hang out at my feeders and I love their chickadee-dee-dee-dee call.
- American Goldfinch. Nothing heralds the start of spring than the yellowing of my goldfinches.
- Red-bellied Woodpecker. The head is what’s red and not the belly, which can make identifying them a bit confusing. Honestly, I hear them (it’s an unmistakable shrill, rolling kwirr) more than I see them. I should say here that I love all woodpeckers, from the red-headed to the downy, the pileated, the Northern flicker, the red-breasted sapsucker and everything in between.
- Cedar Waxwing. They travel about in huge flocks and I love their olive feathers and black mask.
- Northern Cardinal. Red is my favorite color so I couldn’t make a list of favorite birds without including these gorgeous red guys. They often nest near my home and one year I had the treat of watching the juveniles learn to fly. It was awesome.
- Last but certainly not least, the hummingbird. We only have ruby-throated in my area but I saw violet-crowned ones when I visited Margene. I put out several feeders every year and I love to watch their antics.
I could go on and on with this list. I didn’t even mention any ducks but perhaps they deserve a category all their own. Or perhaps you all aren’t into bird-watching as much as I am. I am truly looking forward to reading everyone’s lists today.