Bird Drawing Hobby: Pileated Woodpecker

On my Life List, the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is my #370. In my bird-drawing repertoire, it’s my fifth. I’ve got some catching up to do. I chose this particular species because I first saw it on my older brother’s property, and he and his wife had gifted me the drawing book and Micron pensContinue reading “Bird Drawing Hobby: Pileated Woodpecker”

Bird Drawing Hobby: Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

I can’t recall ever seeing this bird at any point before this Spring, when my family happened upon him while hiking south of Rockford, IL. The bright red and white colors on his breast reminded me more of the tropical birds we see on our island in China than something from the Midwest. The birdContinue reading “Bird Drawing Hobby: Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)”

Bird Drawing Hobby: Eastern Towhee (Pipilio erythrophthalmus)

I’ve seen this bird my whole life but never really sat down to study it. It’s in the New World Sparrows family, but you’d never mistake him for a sparrow. Since this was my first time photographing it, I consider it #392 on my Life List. It’s got a fairly unique call deep in theContinue reading “Bird Drawing Hobby: Eastern Towhee (Pipilio erythrophthalmus)”

Bird Drawing Hobby: Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)

I first saw this migratory bird in May at the Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve in Winnebago County, IL. I shot a few pics from quite a distance, but it was an overcast day and the canopy was pretty thick by then, so proper lighting was lacking. Still, I got enough detail to conform the ID,Continue reading “Bird Drawing Hobby: Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)”

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