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Birdie Girl
…some skillful advice for the creative fledgling.

Many of the drawings & photodrawings are my own, enjoy!

Eastern Phoebe

This sweet bird greets me every morning outside my mom’s kitchen window in New Hampshire. Both the male and the female are building a nest under the back porch by the cellar door. They habitually place their mud, moss and grass nests in protected nooks on bridges,...

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True Colors: How Birds See the World

Guest Author: Cynthia Berger  IN THE EARLY 1970s, A RESEARCHER testing the ability of pigeons to discriminate colors discovered by accident that the birds can see ultraviolet (UV) light. The finding was deemed curious but not too important. “It was natural for...

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Western Bluebirds

To my delight, I saw six bluebirds at the birdbath in my father-in-law's garden.  I was able to catch a couple of photos and work some drawings.  Bluebirds have always been a rare sighting for me but the last few years I have been seeing more of them in Northern...

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Red-Breasted Sapsucker

We’re lucky today in the northeastern corner of California to get a little rain. We live on the edge of the Great Basin high desert and the last few evenings have been wet ones. The air now has a fresh smell. Lilli lives on the far end of town. Sometimes we take our...

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Steller’s Jay

One of my favorite artists is Beverley Hackett, a printer from Grass Valley, California, who passed away just few years ago. She did the above print of Steller’s Jays in 1982. I have it hanging on my wall near the window where as I watch the Steller’s Jays in the...

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Black-Headed Grosbeck

This morning I saw four Black-Headed Grosbeaks, both males and females, at my suet. They were grabbing up the sunflower seeds with their heavy bills. The flamboyant male has a large, black head, cinnamon body with white-barred, black wings and short tail. I think the...

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White Crowned Sparrow

White crowned sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys, is a medium-sized sparrow native to North America. For the last couple weeks I have enjoyed the sweet white crowned sparrows in my yard here in Northern California. In the morning I listen to its distinct pleasing whistle....

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Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-winged blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, family Icteridae, a passerine bird. Above: drawings/photo-painting; (far left) Male red-winged blackbird, The nest, (right) Female red-winged blackbird. Artist: Brenda Sherburn These well decorated birds are the most abundant...

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Varied Thrush

It was easter weekend and I called my mom & dad in northern New Hampshire. My mom was excited because she saw about dozen robins in her back yard. As you know, the Eastern US has had a hard winter, but the Baker River Valley where my parents live just missed most...

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Pine Siskin

Last week my friend Brian called. He had found a grounded bird outside and wasn't sure if it was stunned or injured. He asked me what he should do---I always worry about grounded birds because of domestic or feral cats that can be lurking in the shadows.  I told him...

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Raven

I wake up early in the morning to the sounds of croaking and knocking calls of a pair of ravens sitting on the railing of our deck.  These ravens has become our alarm clock. My partner jumps out of bed, grabs some food for them,  runs out and places it on the railing...

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Return of the Swallows

Yesterday midmorning I was on our deck looking down the hillside to see if any of our fruit trees were in blossom yet.  I had been sick with a terrible cold and wanted to get some fresh air.  All of a sudden soaring gracefully in the sky--- there they were. The...

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