Here are some recent bird sketches done with gouache, in a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, about 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
This first one is a SPOTTED TOWHEE, a western species that is actually in the sparrow family that is a woods-dweller that is fairly shy. Its contact note sounds like a cat's meow.
The next painting is a STELLER'S JAY - the western USA's 'blue jay' (the official Blue Jay is an eastern bird, and both are in the Corvid family). These are aggressive, vocal and active birds, and also very handsome especially in direct sunlight illuminating their metallic blue top feathers.
The next bird is a goofy-looking shorebird called a BLACK OYSTERCATCHER. They are almost all black in the body, with a seemingly ridiculous long and strong chisel-shaped red-orange bill. This bill is used for prying open their prey - bivalves such as limpits, mussells, clams and oysters. They live entirely on rocky areas on the ocean shores where there are tidal swings. They do not dive underwater for food, so feed at low tide by scrabbling around on the rocks and finding bivalves to pry off and open.
The next image is an EASTERN KINGBIRD, a type of flycatcher bigger than the Willow Flycatcher and similar species.
And the final bird for this post - a TREE SWALLOW. The swallow species are all friendly and beneficial birds that consume a lot of bugs. I really like the metallic, almost irridescent blue on the upperparts of the Tree Swallow.