BBY011 :: Melospiza lincolnii

Lincoln’s Sparrow. When I saw this bird along the trail ahead of me, I excitedly snapped a couple blurry shots before getting one clear-ish one. This is the first animal in my series, a step forward in showcasing the diversity of this park!

The one clear picture I took lacked a lot of detail in the shadows, so I wasn’t able to see the true colours of this sparrow. Looking in my bird guides, the most similar species was Lincoln’s sparrow, although I couldn’t see some of the colours and patterns in my picture. I still think this is the most probable identification, although it could be a variety of fox sparrow!

This guy was sitting in an alder tree, so this painting shows off another version of BBY004! I had a lot of fun painting every part of this scene, the pastel blue summer sky, blurred light green splotches, the mossy alder branch, and of course the bird. I’m very happy with the result, although leaving the subject to last made me nervous.

Specimen recorded July 24, 2020, 18:29 about 140 m down the trail from BBY001.

Art by Nelson Spies, December 30, 2020. Acrylics on primed canvas sheet.

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