Monday, July 16, 2012

What is Your Favorite Bird?

One of the more common questions posed to birders is, What is your favorite bird?  I have at least this one thing in common with other birders; I find it a difficult question to answer.  I've met birders who actually do have one favorite bird above all others, some that just picked a bird so that they would be able to answer the question and move on, and I have even heard a few say whichever bird they are watching at the time.  I can't say that I fit neatly into any of these categories and I definitely don't agree with the last.  I may not hate House Sparrows for example, but if I were watching one it wouldn't magically become my favorite bird.

However, I do have a few favorite groups of birds which are all crowned by the wood warblers, followed closely by shorebirds.  So when someone asks me that (sometimes dreaded) question I had a go to answer, I just said one of the warblers and moved on with my birding.  Recently, I started thinking about this answer and thinking about all the warblers I commonly encounter and realized that at least for the moment I do have, at least a temporary favorite bird.  The Hooded Warbler.  I don't know what it is about this bird, it's stunning plumage mixed with it's beautiful song is unique but all the other warblers have a stunning plumage and beautiful song as well.  

So, I guess when it comes down to it, I do have a temporary favorite bird but I don't have a real good reason for it being so.  

But, tomorrow is a new day, and I just saw a Stilt Sandpiper, so the tide could be changing . . .


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