What’s your favourite bird?

As I am trying to write several posts for the blog before I head off on holiday, I thought I would cheat a bit and use various social networking sites to write a post by finding out what peoples favourite British birds were and why.  

I put the question out on my personal Twitter feed and Facebook page, as well as texting a couple of “birdy” friends to find out. 

You can see from some of the responses I got below, there is a wide range of views and reasons.

A, Gloucestershire: “Probably not a common choice but my favourite bird is the jackdaw.”

AO’H, Montrose: “Eider duck, I can id them in various plumages and love the way they sound!”

BG, Kendal: “Goldfinches, for when I was a child chasing flocks of them over fresh cut grass rows ready for haymaking! My summer bird.”

Goldfinches on feeder (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust
Goldfinches on feeder (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust

AR, Edinburgh: “Little Grebe. Character beyond their diminutive size, and the way they ‘disappear’ underwater without a noticeable ‘dive’.”

DF, Aberdeenshire: “Personally, ospreys since I’ve spent so much time working with them. Hard not to love a long-tailed tit though…”

JW, Edinburgh: “Swift is my favourite, because it livens up the city skies in the summer with its aerobatics.”

PF, Bournemouth: “Tough call. But I would have to go with peregrine purely because of its speed and elegance!”

CB, Belfast: “Yellowhammer, their appearance is amazing, that rusty coloured back, but most of all they are one of the last birds singing in late summer and I just think how lucky we are still to have them about, a symbol of mixed farming and the diversity of the countryside!”

Yellowhammer (c) Richard Blackburn
Yellowhammer (c) Richard Blackburn

MP, Hampshire: “Swift! A master of flight and a symbol of summer and freedom.”

H, Edinburgh: “For me, any of the corvids. Why? Because of their intelligence and the fact they get undeserved bad press.”

KB, Montrose: “Golden Eagle – cos it’s gorgeous!”

KC, Co. Down: “Light-bellied brent goose. Largest body size northernmost breeding bird in the world, clocking up 5000km per annum round trip.”

JMcC, UK: “Too many to choose from but it would have to be the kingfisher purely for how beautiful it is…”

TL, Newtownhill: “Ptarmigan, beautiful bird, you need to work hard to see one and you only find them in high lonely places, one of the best.”

SO’H, Montrose: “Eider for sure, for their amazing hardiness and adaptations – also for looking awesome and having a great call!”

Eider (c) Niall Benvie
Eider (c) Niall Benvie

RA, Carnoustie: “Pintail, they’re the most elegant looking duck with their chocolate brown head and are the most numerous duck in the world.”

RB, Montrose: “Possibly the osprey as it got us back into birdwatching!”

HB, Rossie: “I do have a soft spot for little terns. They show no fear when defending their eggs and young, even chasing off great black-backed gulls which are vicious predators 5x their size!”

KB, Co. Antrim: “Gannet! Master of its environment!”

PMcC, Co. Antrim: “Blue tit because that was the first bird that got me interested in birdwatching.”

KM, Carrickfergus: “Cuckoo, expects everyone else to do the work and deserves long holidays in the tropics!”

NC, Aberdeen: “Long-tailed tits for their unusual and elegant appearance and their interesting family relationships.”

Long-tailed tit (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust
Long-tailed tit (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust

WV, Edinburgh: “Got to be blue tit for me. I still get a thrill when I hear them. Had a whole family today. Makes me smile.”

PM, Laurencekirk: “Robin, due to their Jeykell and Hyde nature of appearing nice and quiet around humans but turn nasty and vicious when fighting with each other.”

Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Adam – Montrose Basin Ranger

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