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Topic: Provincial/State birds
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 16, 2015 11:32AM)
Inspired by two other thread, a serious question.

What is your province's or state's official bird. (Kind of a weird thing, aint it?)

The Alberta provincial bird is the Great Horned Owl

[img]http://esrd.alberta.ca/recreation-public-use/wildlife-viewing/medicine-hat-grassland-water/images/GreatHornedOwl.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Apr 16, 2015 12:12PM)
What a majestic and beautiful bird

I live in California so: The California Valley Quail. I'd characterize them as cute and beautiful.

Here is a list of the US of A State Birds. You can click on the name to see a painting but I suggest a trip to Google image files to see a better photo of them.

http://www.50states.com/bird/#.VS_sMo4ob8s

Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Apr 16, 2015 12:18PM)
I was happy with our Quail until I saw that Great Horned Owl.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 16, 2015 12:40PM)
The quail is pretty darned cute.
Message: Posted by: acesover (Apr 16, 2015 01:03PM)
The Ruffled Grouse here in Pa.

But that Horned Owl is awesome. As Mary said, "majestic and beautiful".
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Apr 16, 2015 01:13PM)
[quote]On Apr 16, 2015, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
Inspired by two other thread, a serious question.

What is your province's or state's official bird. (Kind of a weird thing, aint it?)

The Alberta provincial bird is the Great Horned Owl

[img]http://esrd.alberta.ca/recreation-public-use/wildlife-viewing/medicine-hat-grassland-water/images/GreatHornedOwl.jpg[/img] [/quote]
Owls are awesome.

(However, that one looks a bit peevish.)

As Mary mentioned, ours is the California Valley Quail.

And she's correct: they're cute. Especially the babies.

A few years ago Marlana and I were riding back from the park and happened across a brood of quail hatchlings. Mum and dad were up in the tree and the chicks were scurrying about on lawn; they were absolutely adorable!
Message: Posted by: Bob1Dog (Apr 16, 2015 05:36PM)
America's First State, Delaware has adopted the Blue Hen Chicken as it's State Bird. Known mostly for it's fierceness in cockfighting.

Don't blame me! I'm just the messenger!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_Blue_Hen
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 16, 2015 05:59PM)
When I lived in Massachusetts, it was the Black Capped Chickadee.
When I lived in New York it was the Eastern Bluebird.
When I lived in California it was the California Valley Quail.
And now that I live in Washington it's the American Goldfinch.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Apr 16, 2015 08:59PM)
When I was growing up in Ohio I remember it being the Cardinal, which are really beautiful birds.

Here in Arizona it's the Cactus Wren. I would have lost money thinking it was the Roadrunner, but that distinction belongs to New Mexico.

The Cactus Wren? That's about as exciting as the Sparrow. I should start a petition to change it to the Hummingbird.

Is it just coincidence that the same state that elected Jesse Ventura Governor also chose as their state bird the Common Loon? :crazydude: :giggles:
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 16, 2015 09:02PM)
[quote]On Apr 16, 2015, Theodore Lawton wrote:
When I was growing up in Ohio I remember it being the Cardinal, which are really beautiful birds.

Here in Arizona it's the Cactus Wren. I would have lost money thinking it was the Roadrunner, but that distinction belongs to New Mexico.

The Cactus Wren? That's about as exciting as the Sparrow. I should start a petition to change it to the Hummingbird.

Is it just coincidence that the same state that elected Jesse Ventura Governor also chose as their state bird the Common Loon? :crazydude: :giggles: [/quote]

The cactus wren looks pretty awesome to me!

[img]http://www.larkwire.com/static/content/images/ipad/LBNA1/CactusWren.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Apr 16, 2015 09:20PM)
Our Provincial Bird here in Ontario is the Loon. Anyone who has spent any time in our "cottage country" has looked out over a glass surfaced lake and seen the loon dive shortly after its haunting call; only to reappear several meters away.
Beautiful, mysterious, magical.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Apr 16, 2015 09:22PM)
[quote]On Apr 16, 2015, Theodore Lawton wrote:
The Cactus Wren? That's about as exciting as the Sparrow. I should start a petition to change it to the Hummingbird.[/quote]
You'd have to specify which of a bazillion varieties of hummingbird you mean.

We have hummingbird feeders around the back yard and get ruby-throated hummingbirds, Anna's hummingbirds, Costa's hummingbirds, Black-chinned hummingbirds, and so on.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 16, 2015 09:23PM)
I'm pretty jazzed about every bird on the list. (Ok, maybe not the Blue Hen, but I've never seen one up close.)

As magicfish notes, loons are really really awesome.

[youtube]lzW-V5pte4Q[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Apr 16, 2015 09:36PM)
Being originally from Chicago the Cardinal was the state bird of Illinois. Northern Cardinal to be specific.

After moving to Southern Missouri for a while I thought the state bird was the blowing trash bag. But for some reason Missouri shares a state bird with New York! The Eastern bluebird seems an odd choice. Guess it is a sign of spring and blah blah blah.

I prefer the Cardinal. I think it has a cool look to it.

But that owl REALLY looks cool. Maybe we can trade?
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 16, 2015 11:45PM)
[quote]On Apr 16, 2015, S2000magician wrote:

We have hummingbird feeders around the back yard and get ruby-throated hummingbirds, Anna's hummingbirds, Costa's hummingbirds, Black-chinned hummingbirds, and so on. [/quote]

Hummingbirds are beautiful ... and fascinating.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Apr 17, 2015 12:50AM)
And noisy.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Apr 17, 2015 01:58AM)
[quote]On Apr 16, 2015, S2000magician wrote:
[quote]On Apr 16, 2015, Theodore Lawton wrote:
The Cactus Wren? That's about as exciting as the Sparrow. I should start a petition to change it to the Hummingbird.[/quote]
You'd have to specify which of a bazillion varieties of hummingbird you mean.

We have hummingbird feeders around the back yard and get ruby-throated hummingbirds, Anna's hummingbirds, Costa's hummingbirds, Black-chinned hummingbirds, and so on. [/quote]

That's a tough one, probably the Ruby Throat since it appears to be the most common in Tucson. I have a friend that gets to go on Hummingbird spotting/documenting/whatever trips just south of Tucson. She gets to see many different varieties.

Hummingbirds are probably my favorite bird.

And loons are cool too. I was just poking fun at the Body.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 17, 2015 08:04AM)
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are wonderful little fellows. They are the only hummingbird that regularly migrates as far north as Edmonton, so I'm particularly fond of them. All bird migration blows my mind, but how these little guys travel so far so quickly, it's absolutely awesome in the fullest sense of the word!
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Apr 17, 2015 09:16AM)
So we have a trade then? Cardinal for the owl?
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 17, 2015 09:42AM)
Oh to have that power...
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Apr 17, 2015 01:50PM)
Ours is; I am not kidding here, a chicken;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhode_Island_Red#/media/File:Rhode_Island_Red_cock,_cropped.jpg
Message: Posted by: slowkneenuh (Apr 17, 2015 02:01PM)
Is it possible the subject matter gentleman participates in the NVMS forum as he has learned the skill of blatantly bringing up a topic that has nothing to do with the subject under discussion (birds).

http://news.yahoo.com/new-hampshire-bill-state-bird-hawk-raptor-students-abortion-174430496.html
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 17, 2015 03:50PM)
Eh slowkneenuh?

I was inspired by the book and magician threads. And I really dig birds. Your news link just made me sad. It's kinda what you just did.
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Apr 17, 2015 04:23PM)
Wisconsin's is the American Robin. A sign of spring!

[img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b8/Turdus-migratorius-002.jpg/791px-Turdus-migratorius-002.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: slowkneenuh (Apr 17, 2015 04:29PM)
Magnus, my poor attempt at sarcasm was directed at the politician, "Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester) also opposed the bill by making a bizarre reference to abortion.". It was he to whom I was referring to as the subject matter gentleman that must participate in the NVMS forum as he has learned the skill of blatantly bringing up a topic that has nothing to do with the subject under discussion (birds), and I was not referring to the OP. I sincerely hope you didn't think I was referring to you Magnus. I thought the politician must post on the NVMS thread because he was so adept at changing the pertinent discussion, as he did by using an abortion reference in discussing a bill, promoted by young students no less, to address proposed legislation on a bird. We all know how threads in this forum can be hijacked for personal platforms. I apologize to you for any misunderstanding I created, my poor sentence structure, and also for hijacking your thread which had been pleasant until my post.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 17, 2015 05:04PM)
[quote]On Apr 17, 2015, slowkneenuh wrote:
Magnus, my poor attempt at sarcasm was directed at the politician, "Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester) also opposed the bill by making a bizarre reference to abortion.". It was he to whom I was referring to as the subject matter gentleman that must participate in the NVMS forum as he has learned the skill of blatantly bringing up a topic that has nothing to do with the subject under discussion (birds), and I was not referring to the OP. I sincerely hope you didn't think I was referring to you Magnus. I thought the politician must post on the NVMS thread because he was so adept at changing the pertinent discussion, as he did by using an abortion reference in discussing a bill, promoted by young students no less, to address proposed legislation on a bird. We all know how threads in this forum can be hijacked for personal platforms. I apologize to you for any misunderstanding I created, my poor sentence structure, and also for hijacking your thread which had been pleasant until my post. [/quote]

Thanks for clarifying. I was not sure what you meant.

More birds, people. And pictures. Pictures are great.
Message: Posted by: motown (Apr 17, 2015 08:27PM)
[quote]On Apr 17, 2015, Starrpower wrote:
Wisconsin's is the American Robin. A sign of spring!

[img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b8/Turdus-migratorius-002.jpg/791px-Turdus-migratorius-002.jpg[/img] [/quote]That's also Michigan's state bird
Message: Posted by: hou_dini (Apr 17, 2015 08:51PM)
Here in MN it's the Loon. But ask any Minnesotan and they will inform you that it's the Mosquito.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Apr 17, 2015 09:38PM)
Egret
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 17, 2015 10:13PM)
[quote]On Apr 17, 2015, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:

More birds, people. And pictures. Pictures are great. [/quote]

Where I grew up in South Africa, I always thought the Kingfisher had extraordinarily beautiful colors.

http://carolinabirds.org/HTML/AF_Corac_Kingfisher.htm
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Apr 18, 2015 08:21AM)
Yep here in Wisconsin it's the American Robin. Actually a pretty lame choice ( voted on by schoolchildren apparently) considering the diversity of birds we have around here. I found a dead robin on my patio just last Saturday. Only the second dead bird I've found around my feeders in the past eight years. Hopefully I won't find anymore anytime soon.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 18, 2015 09:54AM)
One great thing about the American Robin is its binomial name: [i]turdus migratorius[/i]. (Suppress little boy giggle.)
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Apr 18, 2015 11:12AM)
I like the robin. It's common, like most of us.
Message: Posted by: slowkneenuh (Apr 18, 2015 12:04PM)
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Message: Posted by: slowkneenuh (Apr 18, 2015 12:09PM)
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Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 18, 2015 02:00PM)
[quote]On Apr 17, 2015, arthur stead wrote:
[quote]On Apr 17, 2015, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:

More birds, people. And pictures. Pictures are great. [/quote]

Where I grew up in South Africa, I always thought the Kingfisher had extraordinarily beautiful colors.

http://carolinabirds.org/HTML/AF_Corac_Kingfisher.htm [/quote]


They do. We have Belted Kingfishers, but they pale in comparison to those African beauties.

[img]http://birdsofalberta.com/List/assets/Belted%20Kingfisher/thumbs/Belted%20Kingfisher%20[general]%20(Charles%20McDonald).jpg[/img]