Why do we pick a favorite of anything. It seems a particularly human thing to do - a favorite food, a favorite color. When we meet a person, we think a good way to get to know them by finding out their favorites. If you don't know your sweetheart's favorite color or type of cake, then you still have alot of work to do on your relationship. I can find out alot about someone by asking what their favorite thing to do on vacation is. My favorites change though I still claim baby blue as my favorite color. How about your favorite bird? If you are a nature lover you probably have thought about it.
When I received my first bird identification book I studied the photographs in it, finding it easier to study birds while they perched still on the page than flying from tree to tree. I quickly identified the Cedar waxwing as my favorite bird. The sharp, clearly defined markings make me believe it is a bird of strong character. I would be a cedar waxwing if I could choose which bird to be. I think they prefer fruit to bugs. I know I do. They are calmly beautiful. They don't seem pushy and they even share. I love the image of their common trait where the birds politely lined up and pass a berry down the line to the last bird. They travel in groups and seem to have a good time mobbing a tree or bush.