Our Facebook BFFs at Friends of Reston have launched a campaign to designate an "official Reston bird" to celebrate our earth-toned community's 50th anniversary. There's a fancy online survey where you can vote, and everything!
Sadly, the five nominated birds -- the American Goldfinch, Barred Owl, Eastern Bluebird, Great Blue Heron, and Pileated Woodpecker -- don't quite capture the je ne sais quoi of Reston, in our humble opinion.
Fortunately, the online survey has a write-in category, and we humbly suggest the following possibilities:
We know this one by its scientific name: Dullesum Conversatium Interruptus.
The Titmouse, because of 1) reasons and 2) we're secretly 14 years old.
Sadly, the last of these majestic beasts was banded and relocated in the Great Covenants Migration of 1964.
Not-so-far-away West Virginia may consider the satellite dish its official flower, but you still see plenty of its stealthier, more neutrally toned cousins discretely lining appropriately shingled rooftops across Reston.
The humble goose, whose soothing cries and ubiquitous droppings make any walk around one of Reston's lakes an adventure.
The Dodo (usually only seen around the Tall Oaks and Lake Anne village centers).
Another specimen known best by its scientific name: DRBus Nightmareus.
Voting continues until September 30. Have at it.