As the year comes to close, like many others, I spent some time looking back over the year trying to make a decisions as to what were my “Best Birds” for 2019. There were a lot to choose from, and an infinite criteria with which to base the decision on.
Most Rare? Prettiest? Best Photographed? Most Sought-After? Should it be one bird? A family of birds? If only I had decent photos of all of the U.S. woodpeckers I’ve seen this year, it would be easy!! They are my favorite family of birds, and I completed my list of them this year (finally!).
I looked back through my photos and as it turns out, some of my best photos are of birds from one of the more boring families… The Sparrows. Those “Little Brown Jobs” that drive some folks crazy.
Including the juncos and the towhees, I somehow managed to see 28 sparrow species in the United States this year! (Oh! And House Sparrow, so 29?)
Honestly, when you get the opportunity to see so many different species, you realize how very different they all are. And just how pretty (and cool!) they can be. They can also be a lot of fun to photograph!
What was your “Best Bird” of 2019?
#BirdOn – Chris