We spotted this Seagull enjoying a day at the beach in Wells, Maine over the weekend.  Seeing him made us wonder if perhaps he was a State Bird and if so, what birds are representative of each State in the US?  We compiled a list of State birds of the United States so that you can quickly look up your State and find the bird that has been designated to represent your State.  Enjoy:)

1)  Alabama: Yellowhammer/Northern Flicker
2)  Alaska: Willow Ptarmigan
3)  Arizona: Cactus Wren
4)  Arkansas: Northern Mockingbird
5)  California: California Quail
6)  Colorado: Lark Bunting
7)  Connecticut: American Robin
8)  Delaware: Delaware Blue Hen (Chicken)
9)  District of Columbia (Washington, DC): Wood Thrush
10)  Florida: Northern Mockingbird
Georgia: Brown Thrasher
12) Hawaii: Nene (Hawaiian Goose)
Idaho: Mountain Bluebird
14) Illinois: Northern Cardinal
15) Iowa: American Goldfinch
16) Indiana: Northern Cardinal
17) Kansas: Western Meadowlark
18) Kentucky: Northern Cardinal
19) Louisiana: Brown Pelican
20) Maine: Black-capped Chicadee
21) Maryland: Baltimore Oriole
22) Massachusetts: Black-Capped Chickadee
23) Michigan: American Robin
24) Minnesota: Common Loon

25) Mississippi: Northern Mockingbird
26) Missouri: Eastern Bluebird
Montana: Western Meadowlark
28) Nebraska: Western Meadowlark
29) Nevada: Mountain Bluebird
30) New Hampshire: Purple Finch
31) New Jersey: American Goldfinch
32) New Mexico: Greater Roadrunner
33) New York: Eastern Bluebird
34) North Carolina: Northern Cardinal
35) North Dakota: Western Meadowlark
36) Ohio: Northern Cardinal
37) Oklahoma: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
38) Oregon: Western Meadowlark
39) Pennsylvania: Ruffed Grouse
Rhode Island: Rhode Island Red (Chicken)
41) South Carolina: Carolina Wren
42) South Dakota: Ring-necked Pheasant
43) Tennessee: Northern Mockingbird
44) Texas: Northern Mockingbird
45) Utah: California Gull
46) Vermont: Hermit Thrush
47) Virginia: Northern Cardinal
Washington: American Goldfinch
49) West Virginia: Northern Cardinal
50) Wisconsin: American Robin
Wyoming: Western Meadowlark

Once you've found your State Bird, think about how often you've seen it in your area.  Notice that several birds (Northern Cardinal, Western Meadowlark) are named by several states.  We wonder just how prevalent many of these birds are in their "home" states.  

Feel free to leave comments and observations below.

No photo today, too sad at the carnage at the birdfeeders.  First feathers all over the ground underneath one of our feeders, could have been caused by a fox or hawk as both have been trolling the area looking for an easy target.

Then, sadly, a woodpecker was attacked at one of our finch tube feeders that is surrounded by a cage raised 6 feet up off of the ground and surrounded by a cage to keep out predators.

The woodpecker must have just landed on the cage part of the feeder and appeared to have either gotten his foot caught in the cage or grabbed on tight when he was and was attacked and killed, left dangling from his broken foot on the feeder.  Most definately the work of one of the red tail hawks.  Not sure how to deter them from attacking the birds while they are feeding.

Any suggestions or ideas?
These bluejays have decided to meet over drinks at their favorite watering hole.

It's so important to ensure that your backyard birds have plenty of fresh clean drinking water during the summer months.  We change our birdbath water twice per day because the birds use the baths quite a lot for bathing and drinking.  The warmer the weather the more use the birdbaths will receive.

In fact, we scrub the birdbaths with a water/bleach solution which cleans them while reducing the growth of green slime that begins to build up after about two weeks.  Having clean birdbaths in your yard will attract birds from all around and watching them splash around in the bath is so much fun adding to the joy of birdwatching.

This is absolutely stunning and amazing. Have you ever wondered what a bird call/song looks like?  Well, wonder no more.  Andy Thomas created a visual affect by used a digital recorder to capture the birdsounds and then fed the sounds into a computer to activate visual affects.  The results are wonderful and stunning.

Click on this LINK to view and listen.

Caught this mourning dove resting in the grass near a feeder when a male cardinal stopped by to enjoy some seed that had fallen on the ground.  Just a pleasant summer day in the life of our backyard birds.

Sadly, one of the goslings is now missing.  It's been missing from the geese family for 2 weeks and our fear is that the snapping turtle snatched it or perhaps the neighborhood fox.  We realize that this is nature's way, but it is still sad and sobering.

At least the proud parents have 5 of their babies still with them and they are together constantly, swimming, eating grass and relaxing at our ponds.
This monarch butterfly is enjoying the nectar from this fragrant flowering Abelia bush.  The bush attracts many bees, butterflies, hummingbirds each year when it is blooming from June through October. The flowers on this bush are so wonderfully fragrant, the scent wafts through our windows so that we may enjoy the scent indoors as well as while we're in the yard. 

And, below in a photo is a baby hummingbird enjoying a meal from this same Abelia.  Our cell phone camera was not able to capture the image as clearly as we would have liked so we shall try again and update the image when we see this little guy again.


Look at the beautiful songbird stamps the US Post Office is now selling.    They feature many songbirds including the Mountain Bluebird, Western Meadowlark, Baltimore Oriole, Painted Bunting, Scarlet Tanger, American Goldfinch, White-Throated Sparrow, Western Tanger, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak and the Evening Grosbeak.  Sadly, our favorite, the Wren, is missing from these forever stamps.  But, these colorful songbirds will brighten up each letter you send all the while reminding us that we are blessed to be surrounded by such glorious creatures of song.

Check out the party the birds are having this morning at our feeders.  There are birds on each perch as well as some on top of the feeders awaiting their turn to land and feed and some more fluttering about.  This festive sight occurs each morning and brings a smile as we watch the birds go through their daily ritual.

Look at our bountiful viburnum bush and the berries that have bursted forth from the lovely white flowers that adorned the bushes in May.  The birds are so excited as they inspect the bushes daily to determine the ideal time to begin feasting.

When you have the foresight to plant flowering bushes and plants in your yard, you will not only realize a feast for your eyes in terms of beauty and bounty but provide much appreciated food for your feathered friends.  They will make your yard their home and provide much joy.



    Jacqueline Totten is a bird lover whose backyard is a true haven for many different wild birds, squirrels, deer, rabbits, fox and an occasional bear.  She keeps the local Feed & Grain in business during the winter months with the amount of bird seed purchased.


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