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… Continue Reading “American White Pelican Watercolor”

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… Continue Reading “A Red-breasted Nuthatch Said Hello”

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.… Continue Reading “Quick! Downy or Hairy?”

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,… Continue Reading “Help in Troubled Times -Free Download- Cardinal”

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… Continue Reading “Spring Gazebo Watercolor Sketch”

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… Continue Reading “Turtlehead Lake Birds”

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.… Continue Reading “Red Wing Blackbird Sketch”

Birds and Bagel

Just a few bird pictures from my hike last weekend, here we have a tiny little chickadee and an incoming downy woodpecker. Now that’s odd. It’s not everyday you find a bagel in a tree. Someone left this bird treat on a branch for easy… Continue Reading “Birds and Bagel”

Woodland Birds

Last weekend while hiking, I came upon some benches that had walnuts on them. I did not put them there. Feeding the wildlife is prohibited in the Cook County Forest Preserves, it’s a definite no-no. But boy did I get to see some up close… Continue Reading “Woodland Birds”

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… Continue Reading “Let’s Hike in the Rain at Spears Woods”