Orange Billed Sparrow

2010.7.31 Orange Billed Sparrow


Lately, I can’t think of sparrows without hearing Neko Case’s gorgeous “Maybe Sparrow.” The video is beautifully animated. Although it bothers me that the bird of prey depicted is an owl, when the line clearly says “Maybe sparrow you should wait,¬†The hawks alight till morning.”

Ah, me and my literal-mindedness.

Chinstrap Penguin

2010.7.28 Chinstrap Penguin


This bird was from a National Geographic article. I can’t remember why he was running. But penguins don’t generally “run” – they just look too silly on land.

Whooping Crane

2010.7.23 Whooping Crane


I grabbed this image from National Geographic, a special on cranes. I like the bird depicted, but my execution leaves much to be desired. It feels stiff. Also, the painter’s tape I used to stick this drawing to my living room walls has left a small blue line along the top edge.

Collared Flycatcher

2010.7.19 Collared Flycatcher


Why, halfway through the year did I throw in a scientific name? I don’t know. So few of the other drawings have the scientific name because I didn’t want to get it wrong. I love science, but I’m no expert. I’m just an avid appreciator of experts. So yeah- there’s a random genus species for you. Hope it’s right.

Boat Billed Heron

2010.7.18 Boat Billed HeronThis is such a bizarre-looking creature that I tried drawing him more than once. I drew him again a few days after this attempt (post soon to come). The second drawing worked better. Even though I swear this image is true to the photo, he looks impossibly-designed. Truly, a muppet-worthy creation.