As with the tradition of bird bloggers, one must pick out their best birds for the previous year. Not sure I like the term best bird, since all birds are in some way the best bird. But I like going through the exercise because it makes me reflect on the previous year.
Since I birded outside the Midwest on 3 occasions this year- South Texas, Southern California, and Costa Rica – picking a Best Bird of the Year is a little more difficult this year. But keeping with societies hangup for lists, I now present my top 5 birds of 2014.
5. Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Seen at Mission Hills Regional Park in San Diego in November. I had not expected to see it since it was low on the status and distribution list. A very nice surprise.
4. Montezuma Oropendola
This was one of the birds I had definitely wanted to see in Costa Rica. A large blackbird but with a chestnut back, yellow tipped tail, and white under eye. What else to say.
3. Green Jay
As I have stated previously, why can’t the Midwest have a blue headed, green body jay? I probably wouldn’t even travel much if I could see one of these in my neighborhood.
2. Carolina Wren
Still my favorite Midwest bird. If not my favorite bird. What’s not to like about an always chattering, feisty, brown above, buff below fireball?
1. Golden-olive Woodpecker
Of all the new birds I saw this year this one probably made me gasp the loudest when I first saw it. It almost looked fake with the colors seeming to be painted on. I looked and looked and still couldn’t believe the coloring.
So there you have my top 5 for 2014. Hopefully you have had as good of time reflecting on the birds you saw in 2014.