This painting is sold Everyday they look in the window, begging for peanuts. I always give in and put a few on the deck railing. They are fearless, sometimes picking up a peanut and then putting it down only to choose another. Picky! They are now teaching their babies to grab and run. There were six Jay's in the tree this morning making a racket.
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They were beautiful this year.A warm winter and then plenty of spring rain
made for huge blooms, heady with their fragrant sweet scent and the promise of
summer. They only lasted a few days, standing tall in the sun and swaying in
the soft breeze. Then, as in years before, the hard rains came and mercilessly
pounded them until the petals fell, one by one onto the wet earth.
I sit out on the deck every morning the weather permits.
The Mulberry tree is laden with fruit and the birds are drunk on the fermenting
berries. The robins, noisy and happy for the feast are chasing each other
through the trees. This morning a male and female Mallard Ducks were sitting
under that tree. Were they hoping for the tree to relinquish a few berries? I’m
not sure; I don’t live near water so they must have been waiting for a berry
feast. They lumbered off waddling side to side disappointed the tree wouldn’t
Lots of baby birds have been born, Chickadees, Robins,
Cardinals, Sparrows, and a squawky baby Blue Jay. The noisy Wren is
relentless in his call for a mate, I hope he finds one soon. Ah, Spring!
This painting is from a reference photo I took last September. About the end of September and into early October the Hummingbirds begin their migration south. It's a long journey and their feeders stay up until late in October, for any late comers. It's always a joy to see them again in the spring, I haven't seen any yet, but maybe soon.
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This little Chipping Sparrow was a little windblown, but seemed not to mind as he eyed the feeder brimming over with sunflower seeds and dried berries. I sit out on the deck very early in the morning; the birds are used to seeing me there, and will grab a seed and quickly fly off. Sometimes, the young ones are not so afraid and will sit and not be bothered by my presence. The Chickadees do not care if I'm there, they seem fearless to me, they grab a sunflower seed and sit on a nearby branch and peck at it to break the shell. I enjoy these early morning bird watching moments, not a sound except for the tweeting of the birds.
Copyright Linda McCoy 2017
So this is the story of Bella, an Allen's Hummingbird that I painted from a live stream. It took me three days of observing and trying to manage the changing light. What an experience. As for Bella, as I write this around noon on Wednesday, she now has her babies. You can watch her by following the link. I should note that I wrote an email to explore.org to ask them if it was a copyright infringement to paint from a live feed, and they were extremely nice and told me it was not. So here she is, Mama Bella. :) Many thanks to explore.org for posting this little bird!
This little hummingbird was born in August of last year. The male hummingbirds are born with a white throat like the female, soon their red iridescent feathers come in one or two at a time. You can see the little bird I used as a reference from the photo below.
He's traveled south for the winter, but hopefully he will return in the spring.
My nickname for him is Houston.