Happy Mother’s Day and Draw-A-Bird-Day!

Joyeuse Fête des Mères mami!!! Merci pour ton affection maternelle et ton amitié. I drew the Black-winged Stilt and nest from a photo in Audubon’s Bird – The Definitive Visual Guide about a month ago. I thought the nest would make this drawing a perfect Mother’s Day post. However, I can’t tell if the bird in the photo is a male or female. I don’t … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day and Draw-A-Bird-Day!

Phoenix area hummingbirds

Male Anna’s Hummingbird. Gilbert Water Ranch, Gilbert, Arizona. December 2015. I saw a few hummingbirds when I went to Arizona last December. And when I looked through my photos, they were all male Anna’s hummingbirds. Male Anna’s have fancy magenta feathers on both their crown and throat. The colour is not a pigment, but a structural property of the feathers. When light hits the feathers … Continue reading Phoenix area hummingbirds

Great-tailed grackle

The Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus, Quiscale à longue queue) is the Phoenix, Arizona version of Calgary’s Black-billed Magpie. They are common in residential areas and commercial areas with food garbage; both are long-tailed omnivores of a similar size; and they make loud, often harsh, sounds. Great-tailed Grackles are non-migratory and mostly live in the southwestern US, Mexico and Central America. I met them when J and I … Continue reading Great-tailed grackle