Taking Val Webb's online course Birds in Watercolor and Beyond, has taken me back to my own enjoyment of our backyard birds. The weather has cooled a bit so I can sit out in the sunroom in the early morning after replenishing the feeders and watch all my feathered friends come for breakfast :)
This one, in my sketchbook, is a male juvenile goldfinch. He was pretty ratty looking and his feathers all ruffled, so I think he was a juvenile - wasn't as smooth and bright as the adult males. We have one who is so handsome, I can't stop taking his photo. He loves the new finch feeder and keeps a close eye on 4 ladies (!!) who come for breakfast and dinner each day. He's a real gentleman, though, letting them all have their fill of the seeds first (there are only 4 posts at the finch feeder) and then he eats. I'll download some photos from this week and share later.
I also saw a recent video of Cathy Johnson showing you how to draw and paint birds - in the field but using photos for her demo. I'll find that and post a link, too. I haven't watched it all, as I just found it this morning, but it looks good. Cathy is a well-known and very talented artist who has many online courses and books on drawing and painting natural subjects.