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.

The seasons are changing

In spite of the bitter cold temperatures over the last week or so, there is the promise of spring in the air. Three male Red-winged Blackbirds have arrived at my feeders. The males are the first to head north so as to check out the local landscape and compete for the best nesting sites. The females will show up after these guys have set up shop. One lone male Common Grackle has also arrived ahead of his flock. This morning I had about five Common Redpolls show up along with the single Hairy Redpoll that has been with us for most of the latter winter season. These birds will be loading up on their fat reserves by visiting our feeders stocked with sunflower meats. This should see them through to their far northern nesting grounds. Safe travels and look forward to your return next winter.

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