Draw a Bird Day: Nuthatch

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the world becomes new–
body mind
opened into new visions
enlarged perpectives

One weekend sitting on campus with our coffee and tea, my daughter and I were surrounded by birds. A mockingbird sang a complicated repertoire of songs for about a half hour, blue jays and cardinals visited, crow got in a word or two, and there were lots of sparrows–at least we assumed all the small birds were sparrows–until one started going up and then head down around a tree trunk. Sparrows definitely don’t do that.

When I looked it up in my birdbook at home, I discovered it was a white breasted nuthatch. They like to forage in the bark for insects, and even cache seeds in the crevices. They are quite common in the United States, although I don’t recall ever noticing one before.

I had found my subject for draw a bird day, and wrote a shadorma to accompany the art for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday, poet’s choice.

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34 responses to “Draw a Bird Day: Nuthatch”

  1. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    How perfect.
    And I love nuthatches, who climb and clamber as much as flit, flit as much as fly.

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  2. memadtwo says :

    Lovely brushwork on that first one. N.

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  3. calmkate says :

    lovely shadorma and great sketches! How amazing to see all those birds right there, what a blessing 🙂

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  4. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    I can’t wait to head back east and see the wild life. I’ve seen these little nut hatches and your paintings and drawings capture their lovely spirit. The blue is quite striking. Your shadorma adds to the depth of your art. Brilliant. ❤

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  5. msjadeli says :

    Nice job on the nuthatch drawings. They make a very cute little noise also that is unmistakable. Your shadorma matches my mood and what feels like the global mood. Like anything is possible.

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  6. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    I never really saw them here before but I’ve definitely noticed them this summer — but maybe it’s only because *I* was more present! A great bird and poem to send us into the future.

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    • memadtwo says :

      I will be on the lookout now. In the city you tend to group all small birds into sparrows because sparrows are everywhere. But since seeing the nuthatch I’ve also noticed chickadees and a small yellowish bird I have yet to identify to my satisfaction.

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  7. Melba Christie at Poemattic says :

    It would be wonder if for one moment, I could view the world from a bird’s perspective. How great to be free and watch from different perspectives. Loved your drawing.

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  8. JosieHolford says :

    That’s really good! Captures the nuthatch beautifully.

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  9. Aparecido says :

    belos desenhos a mão.

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  10. merrildsmith says :

    Lovely words and art. We get nuthatches at our kitchen feeder sometimes. They have been about lately.


  11. Vashti Q says :

    Thanks for sharing this experience. I love bird watching too. Your drawings are gorgeous as is your poem. 😀 xo

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  12. robertawrites235681907 says :

    These are all lovely picture, Kerfe. I particularly like the first one in ink. It is very striking. The poem is beautiful.

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  13. Glee Sparkle says :

    Wonderful drawings and very well written lines !!!

    Don’t forget to Glee and spread Sparkles ✨
    -Nani 💖

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  14. Birder's Journey says :

    Wonderful renderings!

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