Entries from Journal tagged with 'Bird Meme'

The Bird Meme: Day 29

Day 29: A bird everyone hates but you likeRed-winged BlackbirdA strange prompt, this one. For one thing, I don't really know that I could name a bird that everyone hates, though it seems likely that the least popular species in...

The Bird Meme: Day 28

Day 28: Favorite bird nameBlack SkimmerNomenclature and I go back a long ways. I can get picky about the names of everything from a super-hero to an album, from a sports team to a small town, so believe me, there...

The Bird Meme: Day 27

Day 27: The most surprising sighting of a birdScissor-tailed FlycatcherSome entries for this meme are real puzzlers. Some are not. This would be one of the latter.It's not that I haven't had plenty of surprises when birding. Finding a Canada...

The Bird Meme: Day 26

Day 26: A bird that changed your opinion about somethingSavannah SparrowIf you've read Along Those Lines, you may recall the story of my struggle to accurately gauge my birding skills when I was signing up for the Spring Field Ornithology...

The Bird Meme: Day 25

Day 25: A bird you can relate to the mostAmerican CrowI find it hard not to feel one with the crow. David Quammen's single best sentence (and there are a lot of great ones to choose from) remains this gem:...

The Bird Meme: Day 23

Day 23: A bird you've wanted to see for a long time but still haven'tReddish EgretThis could be a really, really long list, as there are plenty of foreign birds I could include on a bucket list (Galapagos Penguin, Steller's...

The Bird Meme: Day 21

Day 21: Favorite bird from your childhoodEvening GrosbeakAh, here's an unusual case: a bird I saw long, long ago and have never quite gotten over.The Evening Grosbeak is, as you might guess, an extremely memorable bird. Blessed with one of...

The Bird Meme: Day 20

Day 20: Favorite bird in a bookCommon RavenThough movies have offered me a limited set of choices for good birds, books are another matter altogether. And no, I won't take the cheap way out by picking a field guide or...

The Bird Meme: Day 19

Day 19: Favorite bird in a movieMallard (Domestic)Well, we know what my favorite movie bird is not: the American Robin that somehow turns up in London to sing for Mary Poppins. Or the Troupial being touted as a Pygmy...

The Bird Meme: Day 18

Day 18: A bird that disappointed youHouse WrenI've written about my feelings of shame concerning putting the Kirtland's Warbler on my life list--you can find it in the "History's Greatest Monster" chapter of Along Those Lines if you like--but I...

The Bird Meme: Day 16

Day 16: Your favorite female birdNorthern CardinalWe're once again largely limited to the realm of sexually dimorphic birds, and I think it's time to give some love to a bird whose male companion hogs an inappropriate amount of it.Thanks to...

The Bird Meme: Day 15

Day 15: Your favorite male birdNorthern ShovelerTo avoid going back to "favorite bird"on this one, I guess I have to work with the male/female distinction, which means we'll be talking about one of the many bird species with pronounced sexual...

The Bird Meme: Day 14

Day 14: Favorite book by your favorite birderSee BelowAlas, during yesterday's prompt, I kind of cheated myself out of today's prompt. By choosing my father as my favorite birder, I prevented myself from having an answer ready for today, seeing...

The Bird Meme: Day 13

Day 13: Your favorite birderThe Man, The MythOooooo, tough one. There are so many birders I've been lucky enough to join in the field, even though I've taken relatively few organized birding trips. Still, whether I'm with a group or...

The Bird Meme: Day 12

Day 12: A bird you used to love but don't anymoreCanada GooseThis is a somewhat challenging prompt, as there aren't a lot of birds I dislike. Still, the wording suggests that I can talk about a bird I now like...

The Bird Meme: Day 11

Day 11: A bird you hatedA particular Northern FlickerPerhaps it's a consequence of my personal political beliefs, but I've never worked up any kind of hate for a species of bird. Even European Starlings, for all the damage they've inflicted...

The Bird Meme: Day 10

Day 10: Favorite non-American birdEurasian HoopoeMy birding sessions outside the US have not been extensive; they have essentially all been brief forays into the field while traveling for other purposes: helping an in-law move to Canada in 2017, researching Italy...

The Bird Meme: Day 9

Day 9: A bird you thought you wouldn't like but ended up lovingCanyon WrenThis prompt is a little too overstated for accuracy, because I never really believed I wouldn't like the Canyon Wren. On the other hand, I didn't believe...

The Bird Meme: Day 8

Day 8: Most overrated birdAmerican RobinAs recently as eighteen months ago, I would have had a clear candidate for this designation: the Bald Eagle."How?" some might object. "How could a big, bold raptor, beloved as a patriotic symbol by American...

The Bird Meme: Day 7

Day 7: Most underrated birdBarn SwallowWhen a bird is easy to see, it's also easy to underrate. As I've said before, we would be far, far more appreciative of the glories offered by Cardinals and Mallards if only they weren't...

The Bird Meme: Day 6

Day 6: A bird that makes you sadNorthern BobwhiteMost birds make me pretty happy, though certainly some make me happier than others. At the same time, there is very definitely one bird that makes me sad because it hasn't had...

The Bird Meme: Day 5

Day 5: A bird that makes you happyClark's NutcrackerWell. That was a week. Getting back to classes always takes a little time and adjustment, but this week things were exacerbated by two additional complications: first, the need to construct a...

The Bird Meme: Day 4

Day 4: Favorite bird of your favorite genusRed-headed WoodpeckerOkay, I may have misled you. When I spoke about my fondness for the Melanerpes woodpeckers yesterday, I hinted that my favorite bird might lie outside that genus. I mentioned several birds...

The Bird Meme: Day 3

Day 3: Your favorite genusMelanerpesFor those of you who don't play the taxonomy game very often, I'll just note that a genus is the category of organisms one level more general than a species. In other words, a genus will...

The Bird Meme: Day 2

Day 2: A bird that you've seen more than three timesBlue GrosbeakA fairly large category, this. I suppose it would be possible to just toss off "European Starling" and go off on a rant, but I kind of took care...

The Bird Meme: Day 1

I don't know about you, but I really found a lot of value in the last month's approach to blogging. Daily writing is almost always a good spur to creativity, and I find it even more helpful to have a...

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