August 13, 2012

17 BIRDS // Day 1: Red-winged Blackbird

I'm excited to announce a fun new series I will be starting called '17 Birds'. Basically, I will be posting a painting of a bird everyday for the next 17 days. Early this summer, I took a biology course where I had to learn to identify more than a hundred species of trees, plants, and animals. The great thing about this class is that most of it took place outdoors, which is much easier than learning from a powerpoint presentation. We would either walk around campus or take a bus to a regional park. 

Now, I am not particularly fond of nature (I like my bug-free world), but this ended up being one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken. I especially loved learning about birds! Our instructor taught us how to identify them and their calls. We even got to use our own pair of binoculars! It was really easy to hear these birds, but spotting one was like finding a gem. That's what this series is going to be about -the 17 'gems' that I have spotted and/or heard thus far.

The first bird I chose is the Red-winged Blackbird. We saw this bird on the first day of our field trip. The red and yellow patch on its wing really stands out against its jet-black feathers. This is one feisty little bird. We saw one of them chase after a red-tailed hawk, and another one chase after a crow. It does this to protect its babies from predators. The audacity of the red-winged blackbird quickly made it a class-favorite.

Can you guess what the next bird will be? Hint: It is red and has a crest.


  1. This is wonderful! I am so excited to tune in for the next 16 birds.