A Juniper Titmouse (Baeolophus ridgwayi) is gray. However, I still haven’t acquired gray and white color pencils so I use brown, yellow and pinky-beige instead. I’ve never seen a titmouse, of any species. It seems they mostly live in the US except for little sections of eastern Canada. Their tiny size and funky, little head crests are delightfully cute so I drew one from the National Geographic Birds of North America Field Guide. I did imagine seeing one once in someone’s Calgary backyard. I thought I glimpsed a wee light-gray bird with a cute little crest through some bush branches… Mystery bird.
Laura at Create Art Everyday is the creative spark behind this monthly feathered-drawing event. She sketched some living, moving titmice in her backyard this month. Very cool! You can see her titmice here, as well as links to October’s Draw a Bird Day bird-art. The official Draw a Bird Day is on April 8th – M. R. Emberson wrote an interesting blog post about it on A-wing and A-way.
Baeolophus means ‘little crest’. Ridgwayi comes from the ornithologist Robert Ridgway. Etymology is fun sometimes.