Warblers of North America.

I finished my Warblers of North America Field Guide painting, which features the warblers in their male adult plumage. The collection includes the following warblers:

  • American Redstart
  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • Black and White Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Golden-winged Warbler
  • Grace’s Warbler
  • Hermit Warbler
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Kentucky Warbler
  • Louisiana Waterthrush
  • Lucy’s Warbler
  • MacGillivary’s Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Palm Warbler
  • Pine Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Swainson’s Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Townsend’s Warbler
  • Virginia’s Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Worm-eating Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Yellow-throated Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler

 

Prints are available in the shop.

I worked on the warblers at just the right time to be ready to ID things during fall migration!

Next up I am doing Sparrows, followed by Gulls & Terns. I am really hoping to have these done by the end of the year.

Green Cay Wetlands.

I visited Green Cay Wetlands down in Boynton Beach, South Florida before participating in a craft show on Saturday. I love fitting in a little exploration whenever time allows. It was my first time visiting Green Cay and it did not disappoint. It is so well maintained, with a nice center, bird feeders throughout, and completely made up of boardwalks.

TONS of flowers were blooming EVERYWHERE. It struck me as a perfect time of year to visit.

I found a “big lizard” which I looked up online and it appears to be a Brown Basilisk. I don’t know how common these are in South Florida, but it’s definitely not something you see in Central Florida so I was rather astonished.

Also exciting were many Purple Swamphen. I had never seen them before but they had been described to me as Purple Gallinule on steroids, so when I saw them I knew immediately without a doubt! They are so huge! And beautiful just like a Purple Gallinule.

There were beautiful birds everywhere, and some others I saw were Belted Kingfisher, Painted Bunting, Common Yellowthroat, and the Moorhens still busy with fuzzy chicks. A good morning before a busy craft show. And for everyone that came out to Stitch Rock- thank you! I had so much fun and am so energized by your support!

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Ducks of North America.

I have finished a new piece featuring the Ducks of North America:

It includes these ducks:

  • American Black Duck
  • American Wigeon
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Black-bellied Whistling Duck
  • Black Scoter
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Bufflehead
  • Canvasback
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Common Eider
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Merganser
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • Fulvous Whistling-Duck
  • Gadwall
  • Greater Scaup
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Harlequin Duck
  • Hooded Merganser
  • King Eider
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Mallard
  • Masked Duck
  • Mottled Duck
  • Muscovy Duck
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Redhead
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Surf Scoter
  • Tufted Duck
  • White-winged Scoter
  • Wood Duck

My favorites are the Hooded Merganser and the Black-bellied Whistling Duck!

Prints are available in the shop.

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Sand Key Park.

Last month I had a craft show in St. Pete and headed to Sand Key Park for a bit of birding and a peaceful walk at the beach to unwind before the long drive home. I also had a beach picnic of take out from Love Food Central, a delicious vegan restaurant in St. Pete. Lots of birds, and so many fledgelings screaming at their parents and being ignored, ha!

Love those shy Oystercatchers!

Wading Birds and Seahorses.

I am happy to announce that I redid my old “water birds” painting so it is now the Wading Birds of North America. The previous version of it was specific to Florida, however, the only thing I had to ad to make it North America was a White-faced Ibis, and even those can be seen in Florida from time to time. One of the things I love about Florida is that these beautiful birds can easily be observed regularly.

Anyway, here it is:

Prints are available in the shop here.

I also made the favorites from it into magnets that can be found
in the shop as well.

And last but definitely not least I have been commissioned to paint some seahorses, and it’s turning out to be my favorite commission of the year! They are fun to paint and a joy to study and learn about. I am only half way through, but I have made magnets out of the first four.

(Also in the shop!)

Animals of Africa field guide painting.

I recently finished this Animals of Africa commission that is specific to the African animals at the Cincinnati Zoo. Now I wish I could go there and visit these animals!

It features Giraffe, Hippo, Lesser Kudu, Lion, Meerkat, Ostrich, Painted Dog, and Ruppell’s Vulture.

I will shortly be listing some magnets featuring these animals in my shop as well.

Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Colorado.

Paint Mines Interpretive Park is way out there down dirt roads (thankfully well-kept) through farm country and a couple cute little towns. As a birder I found the drive to be AWESOME, with opportunities to see raptors, grouse, and an abundance of Western Meadowlarks.

After the drive, it’s kind of amazing when seemingly out of nowhere you come upon the colorful rock formations of the Paint Mines.

The photos don’t do it justice. There’s much to explore and the rocks are towering over you. They are colorful and have different textures. Small flowers are found growing out from the rocks.

Small animals, birds, and insects were plentiful and had me looking closely everywhere.

I was particularly excited about this Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel… and bunny ears:

That concludes my trip to Colorado. On my plane flight home I actually saw the Paint Mines, and the field of windmills. Pretty cool. It was an awesome trip!!

Rocky Montain Arsenal NWR.

After a couple days of rocky mountains in Colorado, I was all about getting to some flat easy terrain! Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR is near the Denver airport, it is a wildlife drive with walking trails throughout and with lovely grasslands that are known for their Bison and Burrowing Owls.

I really wanted to see the Burrowing Owls, and was thrilled to find a pair posing on some flowers, their burrow below in the grass.

 

Besides the owls, here are some more photos of this beautiful place near the city.

Mount Goliath Sub-alpine Gardens and St. Mary’s Glacier, Colorado.

In addition to my previous post about Mt. Evans, there is a nice stop on Mt. Evans called Mount Goliath Natural Area that offers a walk through  sub-alpine gardens and weathered bristlecone pines that are hundreds of years old. Pretty cool.

 

After Mt. Evans we went to St. Mary’s Glacier, where you can sled, snowboard, or just slide yourself down the glacier. There were many people there sliding down in garbage bags. I tried going down on a “magic carpet” sled and totally lost my sled halfway down- still fun! Then, down in the lake, you could see people were jumping off the high rocks into the water. So much fun to be had surrounded by intensely beautiful views!

Mt. Evans, Colorado.

Second day of my Colorado trip was up to Mt. Evans, the highest paved road in America. The mountain is 14265′.
Besides an amazing view from the top, there are Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep, and lovely alpine plants.

Bighorn Sheep…

Mountain Goats… with KIDS…

The alpine plants reminds me of the Florida scrub plants that are so tiny and delicate but hardy at the same time, thriving in sand and living through fires, while the alpine plants grow in rocks and put up with cold and snow. I quite love the plants of both ecosystems.

The view from the top…

Marmots and Elk too…