The first time I made my own salsa was 4 or 5 years ago--and it was hot. Literally, so hot I could only eat a little at a time. Since then I have retooled, changed, and updated my batches to come up with a flavor that is sweet, spicy, smokey, and savory. Its a mix of chunky and sauce--it's the perfect blend to go along with chips, in a taco, or even on eggs. So anyways, while my tomatoes, peppers, and garlic were roasting I watched the Flickers chase the starling away from the suet.
Juncos came and went and the House filled with the aroma of peppers and garlic. After the salsa was made and bottled, I decided I needed to name it--and being a birder, a bird name is the obvious choice. There are so many birds that are evoked just by looking at the colors of salsa. Oranges, reds, greens, and yellows bring to mind the most vibrant of birds. But let's be honest, no one wants a wimpy "Wilson's Warbler Salsa". Salsa has heat and can be "fierce", so it needs a name that represents that. When I think of a fierce bird with red on it, I think of the Red-tailed Hawk--and thus, Redtail Salsa was born.
By the time I designed a label, got them printed, and adhered them to the bottles it was dark, and any chance of birding for the day was lost--aside from the feeders and a few short drives around Sandy and Cottonwood heights. But that's okay--as today I can go birding, and enjoy a few scoops of Redtail, perhaps while I watch a Red-tailed Hawk. When you're a bird nerd, you can tie just about anything into birds and birding--even salsa!