MARROWSTONE ISLAND - I saw a goldfinch the other day and wondered how, when and why it became the Washington State Bird.
Being a librarian by profession and a birder by choice, I looked it up (on Google) and discovered two other states also had the American Goldfinch as their state bird. It was in 1951 that this state officially adopted the American Goldfinch to be our “state bird.”
I remember reading a fairly recent publication, a fine novel called THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt and no, it is not about the real bird.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD has been in the national news lately. And no, it is not about the bird called the mockingbird.
And, I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME is not about an owl.
But the children’s book, WHERE DO HUMMINGBIRDS GO IN THE RAIN is about hummingbirds, and MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS is a fun story about penguins.
Do your remember Edgar Allen Poe’s THE RAVEN?
According to my Google source, there are over 790 books with a name of a bird in the title and THE GOLDFINCH was included. I highly recommend it –even though it is not about the real bird, our American Goldfinch, nor is it about the European Goldfinch – quite a very different bird.
I call myself a “birder” now and I do love to read. Is there any body else in the community, or online, who still loves to read fiction, and can you recommend a book to me with a name of a bird in its title?
Retired librarian, international birder and resident on Marrowstone Island
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