My favorite bird is the Northern Cardinal. Why? It was my grandma's favorite bird, and every time I see one it just reminds me of her.
She passed away August 2008 while I was in the Missionary Training Center (a place were Mormon missionaries go to learn how to teach and the basics of the language they will spend 1.5-2 years preaching). Yes, I miss her sometimes.
A heavy post but hey, I just got back from an amazing trip to Virginia and I saw a couple of them.