Many people are familiar with the State Bird Program (along with trees, flowers, food, and songs) that has passed into some type of state legislative gavel drop a single specie of bird that they (the gavel droppers) deem representative. The problem is the States bird list reads like a list generated by an angst ridden 8th grader; on one hand fearful of showing real interest on the other totally unaware of local flora and fauna (3 Robins, 5 Mockingbirds, 7 Cardinals)! I've written about the Cardinals before.
I recently came across an amusing post by Nicholas Lund on his site Birdist titled, State Birds: What They SHOULD Be and it is one of the funnier things (bird related) I've read in some time. Despite some Maine - Massachusetts guff over the chickadee I think he gets it pretty right... warning bad language and seriously deep bird references ahead.