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.

Northern visitors

I was fortunate enough to walk through the dining room at just the right moment to view the front yard and the feeders in the large honeysuckle bush.  There on a patch of ground uncovered by the snow plow, at first glance I thought they were Lapland Longspurs, but then quickly realized these birds had flashy white wing patches and in their winter garb, they frantically pecked among the leaves and exposed grass.  This was a group of about 12 Snow Buntings.  They stayed for about a minute or two and then took off all at once looking for another place to land and forage.

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