Month: April 2009

Let’s Paint a White Throated Sparrow!

Well, I fell in love with these little suckers ever since I saw them the other day. So let’s paint them in watercolors before they’re gone… Step 1: Start with a simple sketch in graphite. Don’t worry if every shape and line is not perfect….

Parenthood

I have a house sparrow couple residing in my backyard birdhouse right now as we speak. They have already constructed the nest. The female stays in the house a lot. I cannot see any eggs, but that doesn’t mean that they are not there, they may…

Birds Galore

Hot Dog! It seems that the new summer residences have bombarded my house! Keep ’em coming friends, keep ’em coming! I have to note, this is not because I am such a great birdie hostess but it is the result of my neighbor’s diligence…

Mr. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak at my House!

What a handsome man! Look who just came to my house! Isn’t he something! This is a male rose-breasted grosbeak. He is a summer resident in Chicago and I am very happy to be his hostess! This is my fist sighting of the year and last…

Let’s Paint a Siberian Iris!

This beautiful Siberian Iris (of which type I do not know) unexpectedly grew in my neighbor’s yard. Sandy my neighbor, claimed that she did not plant it. I said, “Maybe the bulb fairies did it?”, but she didn’t buy it! Anyway, what a treat…

Let’s Hike in the Rain at Spears Woods

Am I crazy? No! There are many things we miss when we decide not to hike because it is yucky outside: 1. Wildlife is abundant. 2. Humans are not abundant (perhaps the reason for wildlife abundance). 3. The smell of the earth. Yum! 4. The pattering sound…

Chipping Sparrows Return

Oh Boy! Look who I found eating seeds below my bird feeder…it’s a chipping sparrow! You know winter is behind when you see this little guy. Notice his chestnut colored crown and distinguishable eye stripe. One cool fact: according to my Birds of Illinoisby…

Let’s Paint a Spring Wildflower!

“Oh you’re such a squill!” Try saying that to someone at work today. I did! And before they hit you say, “It means you’re a really beautiful blue spring flower!” Then run if they don’t believe you! Well, you can always show them this…

What’s in the Palos Woods?

Oh how I love a good hike in the woods! What’s so great about a walk with a million trees that all look the same? Oh, let me show you… It’s not just a bunch of trees…. Last week I went hiking in the…

Dead Robin Sketch

This morning when I arrived at work I saw a large lump laying in the parking lot. What’s that??? As I got closer I realized it was a poor robin that lost his race with a car.  I’m guessing this poor robin was not hit at a high speed…