Are you fascinated by birds, their ability to escape the confines of earth with flight, their marvelous color patterns and not in the least, their song?

Have you complied a life list over the years? What are your favorites among those birds you have seen and heard?

Having watched and studied birds most of my life and compiled a substantial life list from various parts of the country and beyond, I have my favorites amongst the group and they are now prominently displayed on the wall in my great room as seen on the right.

It might even be fun to include your state bird in the center of that group. I am in the process of including all the state birds in my collection. Enter the gallery by clicking on any of the images or on the gallery link above, and see what you like.

Canadas still flying south

It has been an interesting week on the farm.  Late Sunday afternoon on my way out to close up the chickens for the night, I heard the faint call of a Canada goose.  After looking all around me, I saw a small skeine of them flying low and thought they were headed for the pond.  Then I saw a very large flock very high up and ahead of the others.  They were all headed in a southward direction.  I thought the lower birds would try to catch up to the others, but they stayed at their original level and flew on.  When the birds are at a higher elevation, it usually means they are from a far distance location and the lower birds  are more local.  There is a melancholy to the fall migration as they leave and a wonderful excitmentto the return of the birds in the spring.

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