Where in the world is SOIMF* (bird clues)?

Nobody was able to guess from the pictures he posted earlier, so I’m posting some bird photos which will be a clue…let’s see if any bird nerds are reading. And here’s a ridiculously long bird photo list. Flamingoes! Pelicans Verreaux’s Eagle Owl has pink eyelids Weaver butt! The frumpiest baby pigeon Spotted thick-knee Crowned Lapwing […]

The Goldcrest and the Hawthorne

More birds and trees…a theme this week I suppose. Could be worse…I could write a whole week about pollination or elephants. Whew. Wouldn’t that be terrible. Goldcrests are tiny, adorable, and unsurprisingly* in the same genus as the kinglets. I recognize that these photos are terrible and I’m just going to own it. You get […]

Blue Tits and Autumn Leaves

I thought only Americans giggle at the name of this group of birds in the genus Parus…but the Irish will giggle about it too, even though these birds live here and include three of the 20 most common garden birds in Ireland. Sigh. If you’re American (or Canadian) and these birds look familiar to you, […]

European Goldfinches

Just singing their hearts out and hanging out like teenagers in a band called The Leafless Branches Totally. Sweet. Check out my tail feathers Album cover Album cover in the US Rockin yeah! I was actually meant to be taking photos of the trees, but somehow all my tree photos ended up with birds in […]

These silly wood pigeons

Before I moved to Ireland, some bird nerdy friends and I brainstormed about what birds I would encounter on the Emerald Isle. They had been to Scotland recently, and we assumed that the birds would be pretty similar. The one bird they wanted me to look out for was the wood pigeon, which they thought […]

A tale of two jays (painting)

Here are two jays I painted recently…did you ever notice that a Stellar’s Jay is like a photographic negative of a blue jay? Blue jays are a popular favourite bird…they’ve been represented three times in my favourite bird series. Also, blue birds in general are popular. I also painted a blue grosbeak this week but […]