The votes are in, and it looks like the official bird of our earth-toned community will have a decidedly DRB-unfriendly red streak. Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Patch:
Friends of Reston has announced that out of five birds nominated to be the Official Bird of Reston, the Pileated Woodpecker has received the most votes... The Pileated Woodpecker received 632 votes (23%). In second place was the Eastern Bluebird with 597 votes (22%). In third to fifth place were the American Goldfinch with 514 votes (19%), the Barred Owl with 474 votes (17%), and the Great Blue Heron with 431 votes (16%). These close results validate the selection of nominated birds, which Reston naturalists chose for year-round presence, ease of recognition and beauty.Except for the ones who, you know, lost. And sadly, none of our humble suggestions seemed to catch fire in a write-in landslide.
“There wasn’t a loser among them,” said Katie Shaw, Executive Director of Friends of Reston.
Incredibly, this election received more than 2,700 votes -- which isn't too far off from the turnout for non-avian elections 'round these here parts.
This contentious decision now goes to the RA Board for approval. Once it's approved -- we're not talking about goats, after all -- we can look forward to some more fun for the kids:
Friends of Reston will add the Pileated Woodpecker as one of Reston’s mascots, joining Earl the Squirrel and Myrtle the Turtle as a character at special events. So far, the favored name for the new mascot is Walker the Woodpecker.Sounds... copyright-friendly!
So what can we learn about our new official leader? The Internets tell us this:
This beneficial, adaptable bird is Virginia’s largest woodpecker, as large as a crow, reaching a size of 16 – 19 inches long with a wing span of 26 – 30 inches across. They are mainly black with a prominent red crest and a white stripe along their throat. They are noted for their loud ‘laugh’ of a call and the drumming sound they make when pecking into wood to find insects, show off, and proclaim their territory.Those of us lucky enough to have one of them near our homes know that sound all too well:
THANKS FOR THE NIGHTMARES OFFICIAL BIRD PLEASE MAKE IT STOP