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.


  1. Oh, this is fun to see, Juana! Where we are living there's not much variety of birds. We're near the shore, so there are sea birds, which is fun. We have different birds here than back home in the US. I miss the sweet Junco--I think of the them as "winter birds". :o) Curious about the tree! Happy Days ((HUGS))

  2. Lovely post with creative process shown so well ~ love the little bird ~ Happy Week to you ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  3. love the documentations style, and the sketch...even your use of graph paper! thanks for stopping by my blog...embrace the Fake! :)

  4. great job on the journal entries! Happy SS!

  5. your dark-eyed junco sketch is really good. i love how you've taken note of all your surroundings too with the fake journal. happy sunday~

  6. Field art journaling can be truly fascinating. Enjoy!

  7. I love the line "and had a closer look at the _ _ tree" :D I concur - I've always wanted to be that person who knew what trees & shrubs are - the pic you draw almost looks like a poinsettia but obv. that's not a tree.

    The junco is adorable! I love seeing the surrounding handwriting too. Cheers!

  8. I truly enjoy viewing your sketch pages and seeing a part of your world. Your birds have been wonderful and are incredibly inspiring. Happy SS! :)

  9. Love this Juana! Your pages are very textural... I especially like that your character is unconcerned that there's show through of her journaling... it's fabulous!


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