11 February 13

Condors and Vultures

Condors and vultures, pen and ink Doodling during a meeting when there were vultures and California condors on the screen…

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31 January 13

Flickers in the Dew

Northern flicker, pen andink

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23 January 13

Red-Shouldered Hawk on Pole

red-shouldered hawk, pen and ink

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15 January 13

Crows on a Cold Morning

American crows: pen and ink

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7 January 13

Turkey Vulture

Turkey vulture, pen and ink A turkey vulture perched on the phone pole and sat there for a while — enough for me to get a couple of sketches in. I love these birds.

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3 January 13

A Trip to Lodi

We went to see some friends who were house-sitting near Lodi on Sunday. Ron and Joe are great birders so after some bread, cheese, olives and zinfandel jelly, we went out birding.

Drake Common Merganser, Derwent Coloursoft on Canson (Drake Common Merganser, Derwent Coloursoft on Canson) I sketched this common merganser along the Mokelumne River, not quite sure of the state/county park’s name. It had been resting on a log but took to the water as we approached.

We stopped by the Woodbridge Road sandhill crane preserve. We were a little early for the fly-in but decided to drive all the way to the end, where we found a good flock of sandhills. On the way back, several more had come in and we had four very close to the road. By then the thin winter sun was starting to set, casting a gorgeous purple/pink hue over everything, including Mount Diablo to the west. I need to get some purple/pink Canson paper, obviously.

Sandhill cranes, Derwent Coloursoft on Canson

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30 November 12

Western Bluebirds

Western Bluebirds, Carbothello on Canson paper
Finally got my bluebirds done for the Yolo Audubon fall drawing next week… This is pastel on Canson paper.

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19 October 12

Shorebirds at the Wastewater Treatment Plant

Shorebirds at Woodland WWTP, Carbothello I took a friend to Woodland today for a medical procedure. I had a couple of hours to kill so I went over to the Woodland Wastewater Treatment Plant, where a Sabine’s gull has been reported. I didn’t see it but there were lots of birds and it was pleasant (if a little hot) to sit and draw them, with more leisure than I usually allow myself.

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16 October 12

Young Yellow-billed Magpie

Yellow -billed magpie, Derwent colorsoft

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24 September 12

Yellow Warbler at Putah Creek

Yellow warbler, pen and ink On Saturday I went down to the bathing area on Putah Creek where warblers have been seen a lot recently. None in the creek, but a few yellow warblers feasting on Oregon grapes on the bank.

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