Birdspot. On the road. Drawing birds.


First sitting, new drawing.

Birds from yesterday:

Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rock Pigeon (fewer than you might think)
Band-tailed Pigeon (in flocks mostly, 15-30 birds, some pairs)
Mourning Dove
Red-crowned Parrot
Anna’s Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird
Selasphorus sp. (pretty sure I saw one male Rufous, might be too early)
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (pair)
Western Scrub Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Bushtit (another of those iffy names)
Bewick’s Wren
Northern Mockingbird
California Thrasher
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak
Hooded Oriole
Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

There are an awful lot of flailing, falling, fledglings around, crashing through the trees and underbrush, some without tails. I actually had a young bird I couldn’t identify, which must have flummoxed me enough to influence my dreams. I had one of those dreams that birders have where all sorts of fantastic and unknown-to-the-existing-universe birds were flying around. A friend once described a dream in which she was birdwatching and saw essentially preppy birds – plaid and stripes and polka dots, mixed into various combinations. What’s funny is that when you have a dream like that, you sort of go with it and mutter, hmm, that’s an interesting bird.

11 Responses to “july 21”

  1. Nice! I saw them play in RI on the tour for that album… they got in a fight onstage and Kim Deal stormed off, refusing to finish to show.

    Not quite as exciting as the legendary show where Linda Thompson broke a bottle over Richard Thompson’s head during a set… tamer genre, bloodier onstage violence.

  2. For another older gem (embedding has been disabled on this one):

  3. then, at the bottom of the pit:

    Peter has been down WICN and is a cool person. I have such a conceptual crush on Kim Deal. Loved the Breeders.

    BUT SERIOUSLY: OK, is there any news of a penultimate exhibition of these drawings? At this stage I am almost aghast some museum (art/natural history/both) hasn’t beaten your door down begging to show these. Well, of course no modern museum would beat down the door of Vesalius, Ensor or Schiele either. There has to be something “in the works”, right? I need to see these en masse and for real in an appropriate space, like they should be seen and they need to be seen by lots of other people.
    One of our closest friends was over this past weekend, as she walked past one of your early Rhesus drawings she turned to us and said: “do you know how deeply disturbing I find this?” We all then started a long discussion about you and your work (which we had had before of course). It would be so much simpler to be able to say: SEE THE SHOW.
    They WILL be shown, right?

  4. Thanks!

    I’m doing the NY gallery scene dance, meaning, essentially, staying out of trouble until something gets nailed down. That said, I have had curator visits and have introductions and visits coming up as well, and things are looking good. Sorry to be so vague, but I don’t want to jinx myself!

  5. I do understand about the jinx “thing” so enough said. BTW: I get that “jinx” answer a lot from authors who really do NOT want to mention what their next project is going to be. Please realize that for a person with my interests, your work is genuinely interesting and important and beautiful. I could go on. I know it’s awkward to non-ironically praise a friend, but there you go, I wouldn’t be much of a friend if I didn’t say something. Actually, the real reason I want your work out there somewhere is so we can do an interview about this work.

  6. Addenda: BTW: If you want to read an actually enjoyable field guide (really funny in places: see Wow! fact about TVs), pick up THE YOUNG BIRDER’S GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA by Bill Thompson III (sig other of Julie Zickefosse the artist). It’s the first truly age appropriate guide for tweens I have seen and Bill got lots of help from his daughter’s classmates on writing it. His daughter’s name is PHOEBE and she is in the guide as the model of the archetypical birder. Great nerdy photo.

  7. I would love love love to do an interview! Maybe I should shop around the Boston area for a potential venue as well…

  8. IF you could get a gig in the area, then we could team up for a lecture/tour on mammals in art. I am doing one this year (October) at WAM.
    JUST got off the phone with KATE JACKSON who at the mo is in Belgium. Not THAT Charlie’s Angel, but the snake expert and herp prof. I thought I could dish the dirt about herps, SHE makes me look like a drooling neophyte. She studies snakes in THE CONGO. Species like GABON VIPER. We were supposed to be booking an interview and all we did for 30 minutes (long distance mind you) is trade snake stories. You know how it is. Business can wait, let’s gab about birds/snakes/macaques/ Alt Rock. Check out her new book.

  9. OK, I don’t know if you are what the unwashed masses called, Der Psychik, but here is what my first show is about this upcoming Sunday on Inquiry (9PM EDT):

    ““Hip Hop emerged because nothing had changed since the ‘60s,” wrote Sonia Sanchez. Is there a connection between the decline of Black Power politics and the rise of rap and hip-hop? Reporter, writer and columnist MARCUS REEVES certainly believes that Public Enemy could be considered the Black Panthers of rap. Tune in tonight to hear a lively discussion about Afrika Bambaataa, the Sugerhill Gang, Run D.M.C., Chuck D and the irrepressible Flavor Flav and their significance to the political and social life of the inner cities. Marcus’ always interesting and entertaining book is titled: SOMEBODY SCREAM! RAP MUSIC’S RISE TO PROMINENCE IN THE AFTER SHOCK OF BLACK POWER. ”

    Back to a former thread, here’s a great vid about the images of the future, jet packs and space babes:


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