Tag: Birds

American White Pelican Watercolor

Was I seeing correctly? Was that a pelican on the water? A few days ago, on a spur, I drove out to Rock Run Rookery by myself. I’ve been there once before with ornithologists on a bird outing. It’s fun to listen to bird…

A Red-breasted Nuthatch Said Hello

A Red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) came by to say, “Hello.” In return I fed him suet. I quietly sat contemplating his woes. They are many, for while he ate his breakfast it was a mere 8°F. He ate alone and used the pine tree…

Quick! Downy or Hairy?

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where you have both downy and hairy woodpeckers, you may be hiking in the woods and see one of them. They look identical except for the fact that one is small and one is large….

Help in Troubled Times -Free Download- Cardinal

Uncertainty is certain in life. At some point, no matter how much you have prepared, things happen. Sometimes these things can sweep your off your feet and knock you down. It happens to all of us. Don’t worry. The most beautiful words I’ve read are,…

Spring Gazebo Watercolor Sketch

Spring at Centennial Park Spring…new beginnings…tender…fresh…new life.   Those are just a few words that come to mind when I think of spring. A few days ago I had the chance to experience those feelings at Centennial Park in Orland Park, IL.   A…

Turtlehead Lake Birds

Oh boy do I love spring when the birds return! It’s so exciting to see a bird you have never seen before or one that you haven’t seen in nearly a year! Well, that’s what happened when I visited Turtlehead Lake in region 8…

Red Wing Blackbird Sketch

Spring…hello…spring? Where did you go? Yesterday was 65°F and mostly sunny, just beautiful. But when I woke up this morning, I was greeted with a snow storm!  Yes, the temperature has dropped over 30 degrees and brought with it a northern storm. What a teaser….