Cedar Waxwing (Draw-a-Bird Day)
masked harlequin, air
of parallel flight–
what secrets hold the patterns
of your synchronicity?
I chose the cedar waxwing for my bird this month because of its beautiful and varied coloration. I wanted to do some drawing with my neocolors, blending difference shades to create multicolored effects.
I drew the bird paired, because waxwings are social birds, and often exhibit food-sharing behavior, as well as other complex rituals including the synchronized flight of large flocks. They are native to North and Central America, and migrate in unpredictable patterns that follow berries and other sweet fruit, their main dietary source. They like sugar so much they can get drunk from gorging on plentiful supplies of fruit. They also eat insects.
Although the information I read said they are not often seen alone, I did come across a single waxwing on a tree by the path where I was walking near my brother’s house in North Carolina a few years ago. They are distinctive and beautiful birds.
I also wanted to note that I have 3 pieces of art in The Raw Art Review Summer 2019. You can see it here; the reblog would not work.
Once again, Draw a Bird Day, the 8th of each month, is serving as a placeholder here at MeMadTwo while Nina takes an extended break. I’m hoping she’ll be back in 2020. In the meantime, you can find me (Kerfe) at https://kblog.blog/.