Mourning Dove Pencil Sketch p71

Mourning Dove Pencil Sketch

Mourning Dove Pencil Sketch

For some reason it took me a long time to get around to sketching a Mourning Dove. I really love these birds. You seem to find them everywhere, and everyone seems familiar with their plaintive “coo” call. When I was a kid their call served as the background sound on

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Female Black-throated Blue Warbler Pencil Sketch p70

Female Black-throated Blue Warbler Pencil Sketch

Female Black-throated Blue Warbler Pencil Sketch

Black-throated Blue Warblers are gorgeous birds. As is typical with most birds, the males are the the real show-stoppers, with these boasting stark white, deep black and bright blue. The females are fairly drab by comparison, but like Wood Ducks, once you really study them, you realize they

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May Birding Trips

Cape May Warbler

Northern Parula

I never get much painting done in May. With so many spring migrants moving through Michigan, we spend all of our spare time looking for birds. We did a few quick trips to Ottawa NWR and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (aka Crane Creek) in northern Ohio as well as Waterloo State Recreation

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Male Dark Phase Dimorphic Jumping Spider p69

Male Dimorphic Jumper (Dark Phase)

Male Dimorphic Jumper (Dark Phase)

This Spring has been great in Michigan. Our family keeps a running yard list of new migrants as they arrive. We also keep our eyes peeled for other early migrants and animals coming out of hibernation, like snakes, frogs, toads and butterflies. The first sunny day we had in

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King Vulture – Pencil Sketch p68

King Vulture – Pencil Sketch

King Vulture – Pencil Sketch

The first time I laid eyes on a king vulture I thought it was one of the most spectacular birds I’d ever seen. Of course, with the shades of gray in this sketch, you kind of miss out on its stunning color! In actuality the bird has incredible

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