Birding Life List: 91-141

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Out of a possible 50 birds on this list, I’ve painted 5.

This page is set aisde for paintings of birds that I first sighted in 2020 or 2021. These being the “pandemic years”, again there was no travel (except for a bit around New England). Still. this was a period of great leaps forward in my birding due to increased consistency (I went out nearly every day) as well as enticing my partner to join me. They’re a natural birder with a great ear (compared to my hearing loss), so going out with my partner is almost always more fruitful than going out alone.

92. Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren. February 8, 2024.

It’s hard to believe that I didn’t see this bird until 2020, since it’s become such an old friend over the past 4 years that it seems like one I’ve known forever! Even with my poor hearing, I more frequently hear the Carolina Wren than see it, with its loud, distinctive “Teakettle, teakettle, teakettle” call.

93. Northern Parula

Northern Parula. May 5, 2024.

I first saw this cute little warbler in May 2020, flitting around the top of a large maple from the window of my third-floor walkup. I later learned this was a rare treat as they can be hard to find, and especially hard to see from the ground, since they stick to the tops of trees. The day I painted it, four years later, I saw it again in a different maple from the window of a different apartment.

99. Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler high in a maple at Kingsley Park. May 22, 2023.

A fairly unusual (to me) warbler, one I’ve only seen twice.

101. Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler in a hickory tree, Kingsley Park, Cambridge. May 18, 2023.

A gorgeous warbler first seen in 2020. Although I often have the best luck finding warblers in Mt Auburn Cemetery, the first Magnolia I saw was right in my local park!

130. Pileated Woodpecker

First glimpsed on a trip to Vermont in summer 2021, but only for a fleeting moment. I didn’t really mentally count it until December, when I made a special trip to Walden Pond because someone had seen it there, and I got a nice good look! Exactly two years later, I found (the same one?) in the exact same spot.

In my first attempt at this woodpecker, largely from memory, I didn’t get the distinctive posture right; they anchor their tails against the tree as they peck.