Friday, June 17, 2011

The Noble Bird

This post by Eclecticity about seeing a bald eagle in Virginia will resonate with anyone who has seen these magnificent birds on the wing. Most Americans are relieved that Benjamin Franklin's idea of making the turkey our national bird didn't catch on.

And speaking of poor choices, as an Arizonan I am dismayed that our state bird is the drab little Cactus Wren. We could have had the noble Turkey Vulture.

Just imagine, every year Arizona schoolchildren could scan the skies and recite the words of Edward Abbey: "Ah, to be a buzzard now that spring is here."

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