Chipmunk

How is 2019 treating you? We’ve had an eventful few weeks of weather so far with snow, ice, snow, wind, too much rain, and more snow. Then again, it is January, after all.

Chipmunk
Chipmunk

Multitude of birds and squirrels have visited the feeders all winter, but the chipmunks are busy (or not!) hibernating. Therefore, this one will have to suffice until the spring. Stay warm!

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Cardinal on a Snowy Branch

Cardinals are one of my favorite birds, and I love how their colors pop in the drab, brown winter landscape.

Cardinal on a Snowy branch

Cardinal on a Snowy branch

A friend posted this photo on her Facebook, so to thank her for inspiring my painting, I am going to send it to her in the mail.  Hope she likes it!

Red Bird, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Today’s prompt also coincides with the unofficial Draw A Bird Day for the month.  I love how the bright red cardinals really pop against the sometimes drab, brown winter landscape, but when there is snow on the ground they look even prettier!

Cardinal (Red Bird) in Watercolor

Cardinal (Red Bird) in Watercolor

We haven’t had any snow yet this year but are expecting some today.  Hopefully it won’t be enough to cause any travel problems but maybe just enough to stick on the grass and trees – that would be nice.

Draw a Bird Day – March 2016

Today’s Blue Jay is in honor of Draw a Bird Day for March. It is based on a photo taken by Robin (how ironic!) on Paint My Photo, and I thank her for sharing this great picture. Not only was I drawn in by this grand bird, but I liked the background transition of the mud into the snow.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

We have a lot of Blue Jays around here and although they are usually thought of as noisy, messy bullies at the bird feeder, they have some good qualities, too. They are known for their intelligence and complex social systems. The black band across the head and neck varies from bird to bird and help Blue Jays recognize each other. Also, they create close-knit families and often mate for life. Kinda cool. Thanks for visiting!