While out for a drive…

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2009 Audubon California Yellow-billed Magpie Survey

2009 Audubon California Magpie Survey

2009 Audubon California Magpie Survey

Yellow-billed Magpie

Yellow-billed Magpie

 

Yellow-billed magpies have been my favorite bird since my youth.  When I was young, my good friend Ranse and I would hop on our bikes and ride out past the edge of town to go fishing and I was always fascinated with the many magpies we would pass along the way. 

The Yellow-billed Magpie which is often the subject of my painting, lives in California’s Central Valley and along the coast ranges; and more to the point  the largest population is here in Yolo County.   

By clicking on the top image, you can access the 2009 Yellow-Billed Magpie survey results and if you are interested you can also access information to help with future studies of this beautiful and unusual bird.

Hawks and Magpies

This pair of Swainson’s Hawks has been nesting in a pine tree near here, and apparently did not take kindly to some Yellow-billed Magpies being too close to their nest. Unfortunately, I was not take able to capture a photograph of this event, but this is my impression of the drama! Shorltly thereafter, the magpies were gone; for the meantime anyway.

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Magpie in Oaks

Here’s an original digital arrangement of mine; using my drawings, photographs, and graphic tools. I sometimes use these for encouraging painting ideas, however often they are of value to me in and of themselves.

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