Category Archives: birds

My Birding Challenge

Today I am exactly half-way to completing the Cornell Lab of Ornithology/Ebird “Checklist-a-Day” challenge. I aim to record my bird sightings at least once per day for the entire 2020 year. I have made a comic in honor of this halfway point.

This challenge has improved my birding. I’m actually a terrible birder. But I’m getting better. I have become more familiar with my local ecosystem’s birds and their calls. I’ve gotten outside every day, which has been restorative during this pandemic. I’ve observed bird behavior and seen things, like a hairy woodpecker feeding its young, that I may not have noticed if not for this challenge. I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring – well, at least in terms of birding! 

Watercolor Birds

These are 5×7″ watercolor paintings I created for my cousin Lisa and made into note cards. She is an avid bird lover and currently is the executive director of a bird/wildlife rescue facility. I made some of these into printed note cards on Zazzle. You can see them here.


PS – her organization, TriState Bird Rescue is worth supporting. They know how to rehabilitate birds when they get all gunked up by oil spills.