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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

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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

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I was happy with our Quail until I saw that Great Horned Owl.
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The quail is pretty darned cute.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
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The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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The Ruffled Grouse here in Pa.

But that Horned Owl is awesome. As Mary said, "majestic and beautiful".
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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

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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!
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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
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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.
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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? Smile Smile
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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? Smile Smile


The cactus wren looks pretty awesome to me!

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

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.
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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.

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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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?
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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.


Hummingbirds are beautiful ... and fascinating.
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And noisy.
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The Cactus Wren? That's about as exciting as the Sparrow. I should start a petition to change it to the Hummingbird.

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.


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.
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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!
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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So we have a trade then? Cardinal for the owl?
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Oh to have that power...
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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