Most Beautiful Birds meme
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