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.

Seeing red

Well, this is a first for me.  Today, outside my dining room window  in the honeysuckle bush (more like a small tree), I saw the male cardinal who resides in our neighborhood. As he moved around the bush deciding on how and when to alight on the bird feeder, there appeared another male cardinal.  Never have I ever seen more than one male  cardinal in an area.  The second male appeared to be molting his feathers as they were not as brillant or as uniformly red as the first bird.  Neither cardinal appeared to be agressive toward the other.  They both stayed in the bush for some time, each taking turns alighting on the feeder.  I would hazard a guess that the second bird was perhaps the first cardinal’s fledgling from this year and as such was still being allowed to stay in the home territory.  It was a special sight for me that I am glad I did not miss.

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