Today is my last day as a twenty-something and I decided to forgo a trip to the tattoo shop or other impulse activities and stayed home to get some work done. My wife commissioned a card for her aunt whose birthday we will also celebrate this weekend. She bought her a hummingbird feeder present, so I thought I'd paint an Anna's on a nest since they are well into their nesting season here. I have had no luck finding a nest in my neighborhood, so I used photos from Ketzel Levine's NPR website for inspiration.
A tiny lesser goldfinch showed up on our deck, seeking materials for her own small nest. American goldfinches are notorious for delaying their nesting until late in the year, but their lesser cousins waste no time in nest building.
The birds must be getting mixed signals from the weather as to what season it really is. I know I am! Today we had rain, simultaneuos snow and sunshine, hail, and more sunshine.
If you look close, you can see the blue sky and the snow!