We've added the state of Vermont to our State Birdorable Birds series. The official state bird of Vermont is the Hermit Thrush.
Hermit Thrushes are known to breed in all of Vermont's counties. Most birds leave the state for warmer climates to the south after breeding season, but each year a few hardy Hermit Thrushes are found in Vermont during the winter (often during the Christmas Bird Count).
The Hermit Thrush was named the official state bird of Vermont in 1941. Apparently during the debate over naming the state bird, some legislators favored other birds, including the Blue Jay, which is resident year-round in Vermont. Also mentioned were "crow" and flying squirrel. Yep, a non-bird was floated as a possible official state bird to represent Vermont!
The U.S. presidential election was not the only important election yesterday. Fourth through eight-graders across the state of Florida voted Tuesday and named the Osprey the new Florida state bird. This was announced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission today. If the state Legislature and Governor Charlie Crist approve a bill to be introduced by the Conservation Commission in 2009, the Osprey will replace the Mockingbird, which has been Florida's state bird since 1927. We've put up a new design in our store featuring the Birdorable Osprey in front of a Florida state flag.
Which bird do you like best as the state bird of Florida? The Osprey, Mockingbird or perhaps another bird?
The California Quail is being challenged for its position as State Bird of California by the Parrot for State Bird campaign. It is actually just a clever advertising campaign from a company that sells hands-free car kits, but the website is quite funny. Which bird would you prefer as your State Bird? A quail or a parrot?
(please note that Birdorable is not in any way affiliated with Parrot S.A.)
We've started a new series of Birdorable designs for our shop featuring state birds in the Birdorable style. So far we've done the Northern Mockingbird of Florida and Texas, Common Loon of Minnesota, Chickadee of Maine and many more. Each cute bird will have the state flag behind it. If you'd like to see your state bird on an original Birdorable product or if you have any other fun design ideas please don't hesitate to contact us.
View all our state bird designs here.