Draw-A-Bird-Day, October 2017

Black-billed Magpies were abundant in the areas we visited in Montana and Wyoming last month.  Never having seen one before, I was struck with their extremely long tails, the beautiful flashes of white shown in their wings when they fly, and the blue and green iridescence of their feathers.

Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie

If you are familiar with their relatives – crows and blue jays – you can imagine the raucous, sometimes piercing chatter of these curious birds.

7 thoughts on “Draw-A-Bird-Day, October 2017

  1. Carol,

    What a great painting. They are one of my favorite birds. When we saw them in Yellowstone years ago, they were picking the dead bugs off of car’s license plates in the parking lot of Mammoth Springs.


  2. We just loved this bird and I was totally fascinated by them. I took so many pictures of them while we were in Montana. Great picture!!!!

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