Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Monday, December 27, 2021

My Top Ten Favorite Birds of All Time

Black-capped Chickadee

What follows is my "Top Ten List of Favorite Birds." It's entirely subjective and arbitrary—at any given moment I may add birds or shift rankings. The tie for fifth place puts a total of 19 species in the "Top Ten." There were a bunch of "First Runners-Up," setting my list of all-time favorites at 56, again entirely subject to change. Within each ranking, birds are listed in taxonomic order.

1. Black-capped Chickadee 

Black-capped Chickadees nesting in yard

2. Pileated Woodpecker 

Pileated Woodpecker

Blue Jay

Blue Jay 

4. Evening Grosbeak 

Evening Grosbeak

5. Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at bee balm

Rufous Hummingbird  

Rufous Hummingbird  

Common Nighthawk  

Common Nighthawk  

Limpkin  

Limpkin  

Piping Plover 

Piping Plover adult with chicks 

Black-capped Vireo 
 
Black-capped Vireo 

Red-eyed Vireo 

Red-eyed Vireo 

Florida Scrub-Jay 

Florida Scrub-Jay 

Boreal Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

LeConte’s Sparrow 

LeConte's Sparrow profile 

Brown Thrasher 

Brown Thrasher 

Winter Wren 

Winter Wren 

Northern Cardinal 

Northern Cardinal 

There's a tie for First Runner-Up, also very much subject to change, mostly as I realize other species deserve to be here, too.

Sora
Sandhill Crane
American Woodcock
Razorbill
Atlantic Puffin
Black Tern
Wood Stork
Great Blue Heron
California Condor
Boreal Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Resplendent Quetzal
Cuban Tody
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Tree Swallow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bohemian Waxwing 
Cedar Waxwing
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Veery
Hermit Thrush
American Robin 
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Redstart
Blackburnian Warbler 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
 
Razorbill and Atlantic Puffin