Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Most Beautiful Birds meme

Jay tagged me last night, so I'll play the game this morning.

The rules: Post a list of the 10 birds you consider most beautiful on your blog; you may limit the list to the ABA area (continental United States and Canada) or use a geographic area of your choice. Mark birds you have seen with an asterisk. Tag 3 bloggers to keep it going.

Having just returned from the Great Texas Birding Classic, where I witnessed a fallout on South Padre Island, it's not difficult to think of avian beauties. BTW, my list is not in order of most to least gorgeous. That would require more time than today's schedule will allow!

1. Wilson's Warbler*
2. Green Jay*
3. White-tailed Kite*
4. Buff-bellied Hummingbird*
5. Roseate Spoonbill*
6. Magnolia Warbler*
7. American Kestrel*
8. Black-throated Green Warbler*
9. Common Yellowthroat*
10. Peregrine Falcon*

One more thought: Beauty is not simply visual appearance. Beauty can encompass a bird's form or behavior, such as a Peregrine's incredibly fast dive. I find that completely ravishing!

I tag BirdChick, Jeff and Home Bird.

American Kestrel courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


Anonymous Jay said...

"Beauty is not simply visual appearance. Beauty can encompass a bird's form or behavior"

Like a Cassin's Sparrow. It's song and skylarking make it far more than "just a brown sparrow"

May 02, 2006 11:08 AM  
Blogger Amy said...


May 02, 2006 11:10 AM  
Blogger Leigh said...

very nice choices =)

May 02, 2006 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Nice selections, Amy. Many of your choices, like the Magnolia Warbler, were on my initial list too. It's just too restrictive to try to pick out the top ten.

May 03, 2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

another delightful addition to the Meme! The Rio Grande Valley is really evident in the list :=)

May 04, 2006 11:18 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

It's such an awesome region, Endment. I hope you're able to visit it soon.

The skeeters, however, are not so awesome. Thank goodness for Chiggerex Plus.

May 04, 2006 11:24 AM  

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