mocking bird

Just a little trouble with acronyms…

A solid day on the mountain bike. 14 miles in the saddle this afternoon. Field work time. My favorite.
In the field today I saw:
Red-tailed hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Western Blue bird, Turkey Vulture, Mocking bird, and a few unidentified sparrows or wrens.
And one dead tarantula that I suspect a cow or other mountain bike squished. (Poor guy.)
The time after sunset at the desk brought about some sketches of:
A Hooded Oriole, Western Scrub Jay, and half a woman’s face
Dinner was B.L.T.’s with Avocado. Where do you put the A in B.L.T’s?
(in the acronym and/or the sandwich?)
I hope you had a beautiful day too.
(I put the avocado over the bacon to hold it still under the bread).
The Cuesta Grade, California. or, My field.

The Cuesta Grade, California. or, My field.

Western Scrub-jay.

Western Scrub-jay.

Half portrait.

Half portrait.

Hooded Oriole drawn onto watercolor paper. Looking to color this one soon.

Hooded Oriole drawn onto watercolor paper. Looking to color this one soon.

Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re trying to be so quiet?

Young owl.

Young owl.

Friday night was a “go out and be social” night. To make up for abandoning my sketchbook on valentine’s day, Today I filled three pages with lines and colors.
 

Mockingbird on the wing.

Mockingbird on the wing.

First I colored a drawing of a young owl from the other day. While I worked on that a mockingbird flew to my window to challenge my bird stencils, this no doubt inspired the next page to follow, with a mockingbird on the wing. When that page came to be, I thought of a bird I’ve seen a few of near where I work. A common Yellow-throat. A small masked shrub-dweller with an olive/green hue.
Common Yellow-throat.

Common Yellow-throat.

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