Cutest owl ever!

Northern saw-whet owl banded in Brookings, SD at the Dakota Nature Parksaw-whet-3-1-of-1

Late at night in the breeding season, males give a rhythmic tooting song that may go on for hours with scarcely a break. The bird was named for this song, which reminded settlers of the sound of a whetstone sharpening a saw.

 

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House Finch

House finch w grey

I started this painting using watercolor pencils while riding in a car.  Then I used a water brush to blend.  It was pretty bland so I added watercolor later.  Then I painted the background.  I still didn’t like it so decided I had nothing to lose if I added collage paper and it didn’t work.  I’m okay with it now, but this is probably a backwards way to work!