Friday, July 22, 2016

Symbolic Birds

Within the Bird Gallery, there is a series covering the provincial and territorial birds of Canada, each in turn. At present, there is no national bird, though there have been some initiatives in the last couple of years to designate one.

These final pictures are from a couple of the display cases at the beginning of the exhibit- though they were my final shots of the Bird Gallery.


  1. I know I wouldn't much like the life of a bird but I certainly wouldn't mind being able to fly. These are gorgeous specimens.

  2. Beautiful, and so nice to see the loon, too!

  3. I can see some pretty birds. I can see an owl too! Will be interesting to know more about the different types of birds.

  4. There seems to be a lot of information to read as well.

  5. Lots to see, though I feel a bit sad for the birds.

  6. Um belo trabalho, gostei de ver.
    Um abra├žo e bom fim de semana.

  7. Wonderful. I like the one with the youngsters in the third shot.

  8. that is interesting, no national bird? how shocking. i always find it interesting, you hear that the bald eagle is doing well. next you hear not so well. mixed messages. ( ;

  9. After seeing all of these birds: What do you think would make a good national bird?


  10. @Kay: flying would be a joy.

    @Linda: loons are fascinating.

    @Nancy: we have a great many species that spend at least part of the year here.

    @MB: thanks!

    @Marleen: there is.

    @Halcyon: true, but at least this gives them an educational role.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Beth: I imagine your founding fathers found the notion important, while ours set it aside.

    @Janis: the thing is it would have to be one with wide geographic distribution and not covered in the provincial and territorial birds. The Canada Goose, the loon, or an owl would be my ideal choices.

  11. The last photo of birds in flight got my attention. I'm not sure if a national bird is necessary! We have the eagle, but in fact it's the dodos that make up most of our political arenas.

  12. Sooo many birds ! Interesting !

  13. So many birds William, how would you choose! Ours in the West is the Black Swan.

  14. Very interesting! A great way to learn all about the birds.

  15. I didn't know we did not have a national bird. I would think it would be a difficult choice.

  16. I don't think I knew that the loon was the Ontario bird. Nice choice for it.

  17. @Lowell: we've still got some of them in our Parliament, but we drove the worst of them out of power last fall.

    @Karl: it is quite a collection!

    @Grace: the first that comes to mind is the Canada goose, but how do you choose that, since most of them scatter south the first sign of a chill? It's positively un-Canadian!

    @Bill: it is, yes.

    @Sharon: and arranged so well.

    @Red: we do have good choices though for the provincial and territorial birds, I think.

    @Norma: me too.

    @RedPat: it's a fine choice.

  18. I would love to see that collection. I know, I know, I just did, but you all know what I mean.

  19. The last shot is really cool!

  20. @Tex: they are.

    @Janey: it is.

    @Mari: I do.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Jennifer: it was popular that day.