On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

All for the birds

On Wednesday I added three new bird feeders in hopes of attracting more varieties of, well, birds. That hasn't happened yet, but scores of additional house finches and goldfinches have arrived. I also have two scrub jays now, which answers my question about whether I was seeing the same one every day because they often travel together.

It's funny how this bird thing started. I began drawing and painting birds because they had one of the simplest shapes I could manage. Then I started seeing some of the birds I had found in my photo references. My next step was to hang feeders in the back of the house where I watched to see who would arrive. I stuck a little plastic feed tray onto the living room window with a few others in the bush in front of the window and realized I could sit on the sofa and the birds were all within two feet of me, oblivious of my staring curiosity. 

My most recent step was to order the enormous Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology textbook, some 1,300 pages that I'm reading religiously - literally, a passage at a time - to expand my understanding. I found Steve's binoculars for closer views. Then I noticed the red-shouldered hawks that are on my route to class. I seem to be a beginning birder!


  1. I'm glad you have discovered the beauty and fascination of birds. I've been a birdwatcher all my life, off and on, and they never cease to entertain and amaze me. It's so exciting to see a new and different bird out of my kitchen window!

    Your bird drawings are great, keep them coming!

  2. Thank you, Sarah. I'm really enjoying my new birdy friends.


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