This is the third year I've put together a series of bird-related fun to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas, and this year, it's focused on a family theme. After all, the holidays are all about spending time with family and reconnecting with those you love, and each day from now through Christmas day we'll share a bird family related to the popular holiday carol. Without further adieu...
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... A partridge in a pear tree.
Partridges in Europe are part of the Phasianidae family, the bird family that includes all Old World pheasants, grouse and similar game birds - a perfect gift for a delicious holiday dinner! What Phasianidae birds are your holiday birding wish list? Share your sightings in the comments!
Spruce Grouse Chick
Photo © Bruce McKay