Bewick’s Wren’s reside in our year round and I wonder how they feel when the orioles show up in the spring.
Last fall our neighborhood Cooper’s Hawk took to hanging out in the pomegranate tree where he could easily keep track of birds at the feeders.
Our recent trip to Texas was mostly about migrating warblers, but it was also interesting to see all the wading birds- herons, egrets, ibises and spoonbills. I particularly liked these tall birds perched awkwardly in branches out of the water.
Wilson’s Warblers arrive in the summer in California and it is a treat to find the first to appear.
This painting was inspired by yellow warblers feasting on wild cherries here in California in the late summer.
This was a painting I did last year after our trip to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge.
I had to go back five years to find a yellowthroat painting. This is a small study done when I was beginning to experiment painting with watercolor on canvas. I guess it’s time to try another.
This is a small acrylic painting made from my hawk sketch and Dave’s photo
Dave has been posting images of the colorful tanagers we saw in Costa Rica. Our local Central California tanager is the Western Tanager. It is no longer in the Tanager family but the name survives. We see these birds in the summer, particularly in the Sierras, when the males have brilliant breeding plumage. They have inspired many paintings.
I did not sketch any sparrows in Costa Rica but here is a painting of related sparrows I did a couple years ago. White-crowned sparrows are in the same genus (Zonotrichia) as the Rufous-collared Dave photographed in Costa Rica. They are super abundant in our yard in the winter.
This is also the first time I’ve tried painting a scarlet macaw! It was amazing to see them in the wild.