bird watching second week

fake journal april 06 2014
dark-eyed Junco sketch and notes on Spotted Towhee

April 6, 2014, overcast with wet ground
visits from Dark-eyed Junco, Spotted Towhee, Pacific Wren, and Black-Capped Chickadee

fake journal april 10 2014
bird watching notes

April 10, 2014, hazy with sun filtering through clouds

  • 8:10 male Spotted Towhee alights at 3 different nearby bushes before arriving at feeder
  • 8:17 song sparrow
  • 8:25 I was off in thought and saw something run by and into the bushes. I think it was a song sparrow.
  • 8:28 Dark-Eyed Junco
  • 8:29 two Black-Capped Chickadees
  • 8:46 two Song Sparrows
  • 8:47 Black-Capped Chickadee
  • 8:48 Black-Capped Chickadee
  • 8:48 Grey Tree Squirrel passes by
  • 8:49 Black-Capped Chickadee

fake journal april 11 2014
notes on leaf arrangement

April 11, 2014, overcast with chance of sun

I filled the bird feeder this morning and had a closer look at the leaves growing on the tree. They are larger now and opening up like a flower. The leaves grow in sets of two with a flower bud on each set. Some of the sets are paired and at differing growth stages.

As a side note: I spent a good part of the day trying to figure out what kind of tree this is. I googled and looked in The Sisley Guide to Trees book but to avail. It has blossoms similar to a dogwood but no fruit. I'll spend this coming week drawing more details and next week, I'll put up my drawings and a photo and see if any of you know this tree:)

joining international fake journal month and sunday sketches

all 2014 fake journal posts will be linked under the label fake journal.

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