Sweetie was right - that little bird needed to be against a darker and more intense background and it wasn't hard to add color to the All Media Artboard.
Here is the original - too pale and wishy-washy!
I wish I could show you some work I've done for the Val Webb online course, Painting Birds in Watercolor and Beyond, but will need to get her permission first (don't want to get in trouble like I did with one online class I took a year or so back from someone who will remain nameless). I can tell you that Val has a neat technique on her webpage (see my sidebar for her link) using gouache and ink and that's what I've worked on this week. She also shows in an older post just how to do this. I don't know if she came up with the technique or not but it's using white gouache as a resist and then inking over the whole painting and washing it all off when it dries - kind of like watercolor batik using wax but you paint in the watercolor after all the gouache with ink is washed off, you don't wax based on values.