passerines in the public garden

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We haven’t had much of a winter here in San Francisco this year and today was no exception. Sunny, low 60s, light breeze. It was a perfect day to get out and draw! There’s a public garden here in San Francisco that I visit regularly and it is one of my favorite places to draw. There is always something in bloom or some shape I just can’t resist. In the winter, there are fewer plants to draw so I turn to other subjects.

Today, the birds were out in force, eating insects and establishing territory for the upcoming mating season. There were Scrub Jays, Black Phoebes, Anna’s Hummingbirds, American Crows, White-Crowned Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, and Cherry-Headed Conures (our famous wild parrots), among others. All the birds were quite busy so mostly I was lucky to get a 5 second pose to sketch. It’s not terribly satisfying but it is good practice. It also makes me all the more grateful when I have the opportunity to draw a bird that is not moving around so much!

 

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