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GracesWarbler last won the day on January 6 2019

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  1. Great, thanks all! I'll try to keep these details in mind for the future. (I guess this is why I like big, charismatic, colorful birds!)
  2. Hi folks. I saw some little brown birds this morning (9/30) in northern Arizona. The location has some little ponds and plants. Here are some photos of different birds. Are these Song Sparrows? What should I be looking for to ID birds like these? The stripy fronts? Also, in the first photo, is it probably a female (upper) and male (lower), due to the size difference? https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/609443642 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/609443644 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/609443643
  3. Don't scream with your mouth full. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/609443897
  4. Two shots from this morning at my local spot. The sunflowers were mostly done, but the lighting was pretty nice. Some Western Bluebirds: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/609443605 A Northern Flicker: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/609443564
  5. Here's an American Coot eating plants at a wetland in northern Arizona:
  6. I made a crossword puzzle! It shouldn't be too challenging. If you give it a try, let me know how it works. I'm going to make a more advanced one with some of my favorite birds. Colorful_Intro_to_Birds_crossword.pdf
  7. Flowers are in bloom in northern Arizona, so I went out to try to get some photos. Getting nicely-posed photos of birds on flowers is tough!
  8. Those are fantastic! Is the calendar just for friends and family, or are you going to make it more widely available?
  9. These are great! I love when birds puff up. Nice! Kingfishers always look like they have too large of heads.
  10. It's been a minute since I posted here, but I'm still working on my coloring books! If you're interested in arts and crafts, read on. A couple updates: First, I decided to release a second edition of my Birds of the Southwest Coloring Book. Mostly, I wanted to make it a little smaller. Since there are large areas of the same colors, I felt like a smaller edition (7 by 10" instead of 8.5 by 11") would make for a better coloring experience. I also gave it a new cover and put the bird descriptions under each illustration, so people can learn about birds while they color. Hopefully kids (and adults!) will enjoy it. The first two photos below are from this book. As an aside, I had a table at a local craft fair this past weekend with the first edition and I sold 20 copies! Secondly, I've been experimenting with paper. So far, I've been printing through Amazon's printing service (KDP). However, I'd love to be able to do some watercolors, and the KDP paper isn't thick enough for that. To explore my options, I printed one copy of my upcoming book through a different service, where I could use 100lb paper. I like it a lot, and you can see @IKLland's hummingbird in the last photo. (I wasn't worried about accurate colors, as you can see.) I like the paper, which only had minimal warping under the watercolors, but I'm not sure if the economics or using an external printing service would work. Each book would cost ~$6 for me, then Amazon would take ~$4-5 for each book, and I would still have to handle all the shipping myself. Oh well, I'll think about my options. Have you all been doing anything artsy?
  11. Thanks! I identified that bird correctly for my photo albums, but I guess I spaced for the coloring book. Anyway, I'm glad it's identifiable even without its colors! I'll go ahead and fix that.
  12. Hi folks! The coloring book is slowly coming together. I have some fact-checking to do, but I'd love to get some feedback at this point. If you'd like to see the whole book, let me know and I'll send you a digital copy. Alternately, you can see the cover and the "Activities" page below, which is near the end of the book. Any suggestions? Are there any other activities I should add? Thanks to everyone!
  13. Another "BirdSearch"! This one has lots of basic bird words, meant for younger birders. Between the three word searches, I think I have beginner, advanced, and expert covered. You can find the PDF on my website colorbird.org. Also, if any of you need activities for bird events (especially aimed at kids), feel free to use the coloring book pages or word searches on my site. You can download and print PDFs.
  14. I made another BirdSearch. This one should be a little easier. It's a word search, plus a little trivia!
  15. Hi folks! I added a couple new activities to my website: a bird observation sheet and a BirdSearch! In the BirdSearch, you can look for the names of the U.S. state birds, then try to match them to the states they represent. (I may have made it a little too difficult.) Anyway, you can find small images below, or find the full size PDFs on my website (https://colorbird.org/more-activities/). I'll probably make "easy" and "medium" BirdSearches too, to complement the difficult U.S. State Birds one. Any thoughts on these two activities? Any other activities I should add?
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