|1/28/22 Mt. Rainier from Maple Leaf Park|
On one recent occasion, we saw a male downy woodpecker for the first time. Although much larger than juncos, he was small enough to fit inside the “cage,” hammering away at the suet when I caught him with my sketchbook.
Our neighborhood squirrel also likes suet, it turns out, but to get any, it has to perform crazy acrobatic stunts. Although I’m not in the business of feeding squirrels, its performances are so entertaining that I don’t mind if it dines there, too.
|1/30/22 squirrel acrobatics|
|1/28/22 male downy woodpecker|
When I walk a few blocks to Maple Leaf Park on a clear day, I get my most spectacular brush with nature: Mt. Rainier. I can’t seem to walk past Her Majesty without a curtsy. Every time I sketch her, I learn more about her proportions.
|1/17/22 This flicker perched on our fence for a leisurely minute or more, |
which allowed me to capture its distinctive tail.
The acrobatic squirrel makes me smile. I don't see many creatures here, aside from birds at the beach. I've been tempted to put up a bird feeder, but then I would have to go out and fill it in the cold. lol Glad you get to see "Her Majesty" occasionally on a clear day. That is a great sketch of her.ReplyDelete
Refilling the feeders in the cold and rain isn't fun, but now that we've switched to suet blocks instead of seeds, they last a long time.Delete