For the Birds

Among my favorite blogs is ArtSnehal. A talented artist originally from India, Snehal paints birds in watercolor, and every one is a delight. I love visiting and seeing her sparrows and sunbirds and penguins… and more.

Of course, when it comes to birds and art blogs, who doesn’t love Janet Weight Reed’s magical hummingbirds? You’ll find them at her blog, My Life as an Artist.

I’ve drawn and painted a few birds, and I plan to draw and paint many more. At the moment, I’m spending a lot of time watching the birds in the backyard of our new home. We’ve seen blue jays and cardinals, finches, wrens, nuthatches, and a woodpecker. We have many red, red robins bob, bob bobbing along, too, mostly in the neighbor’s garden digging up worms.

When we moved here, we found several old birdhouses hanging in the trees and bushes. We’ve taken them down, cleaned them up a bit, and we’ve also put up one of our own. This was a wonderful project for our grandson, Carsen, when he visited over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Carsen chose the colors — a red house, white roof with orange trim, a yellow perch, and green base. Once he had painted the house, we added decorations of little flowers on the sides, using a variety of colors.

Even Grandpa helped out, holding the house while Carsen painted. Afterward, he hung the house in the apple tree. I’m please to say that a little wren has been checking it out. I’m hoping we soon have a bird family moving in!

House in the Trees (2)

Each morning and each evening, I step outside and scatter a bit of bird seed for the birds — and the squirrels. Unlike a lot of birders, I don’t object to letting the squirrels have dinner. They’re fun to watch, too, and the birds don’t seem to mind, so why should I?

When my Mother’s Day bouquet of flowers began to wilt a bit, I decided to give them to the birds, too. They looked beautiful, and I think the birds liked the colorful display. I’ve seen many birds coming to eat since I put the flowers out.

Bird Flowers
This is the apple tree where the bird house hangs. You might also recognize it from my “Fast and Furious” sketches in our yard

Someday I hope to draw and paint many of the feathered friends who visit — and who may someday be living in — our yard.

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      1. me, too. I get very excited when I see birds in our backyard. These days so many pigeons and sparrows are coming here. And there is a very little black bird living in the backyard. I don’t it’s name. but it is very very cute.

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      2. We have a lot of sparrows, lots of robins, blue jays, cardinals, and woodpeckers, and there’s a dove nearby. We hear it every morning and every evening. It’s always relaxing to sit outside in the evening, listen to the bird songs, and watch them come to eat.

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    1. 🙂 No birds living in it yet. Not sure what time of the year birds choose nesting places, but I’m guessing we might be a little late. Yesterday my husband built another birdhouse — slightly larger. We have a lot of white-crowned sparrows coming to the feeder, sometimes 5 or 6 at one time. We’re planning to read more about birds and birdhouses, and next spring we’ll be ready!

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  1. Aww 🥰 that’s so nice of you dear Judith for mentioned. I am so delighted to know that you so enjoy my artwork. You made my day with your lovely compliments. Thank you friend 🤗 And yes Conner has done a wonderful job with bird house. I loved it.
    You are getting a variety of birds visitors to your backyard, I used to get blue jays, gold finches and cardinal to my patio when I was in Minneapolis but here in Denver I hardly get house finches that’s it.

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    1. We plan to do a bit of reading and learning on how to attract birds to the houses… what time of year, what amenities they like, all of that sort of thing. We’re also listening to bird calls and trying to learn different ones. We love the birds. 🙂

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