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Events page updated

I’ve just updated my map of upcoming events, and here is what’s on the calendar for this spring and summer: The University of Mississippi Museum is hosting an exhibit of my original art, including many plates from the Guide to Birds, some from the Guide to Trees, and a few earlier drawings and paintings (going …

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Two new paintings for auction

I’ve just posted two more paintings for auction, a Bewick’s Wren and a Black-throated Green Warbler, adding to the two auctions that will be ending in the next few days. You can see the full listing of current auctions here, and more original art and prints are available for sale here.

Quiz 27: More Warblers and Color Patterns

This week’s quizzes are looking at some warblers, in anticipation of the spring migration (which is already in full swing in some parts of the country). With thanks, again, to Brian E. Small for providing the beautiful photos. You can see lots more at his website.

Quiz 26: Warblers and head patterns

This week’s quizzes will be looking at some warblers, in anticipation of the spring migration. With thanks, again, to Brian E. Small for providing the beautiful photos. You can see lots more at his website. You can read more about bird topography in my book Sibley’s Birding Basics.

Relative size and proportions

When considering impressions of shape and size as in Optical illusions and bird identification or More on illusions of size, one important aspect that I’ve mentioned only in passing is relative size. Consider the two birds in the sketches below, which one has the longer bill? I suspect that viewers will say either “They’re about the …

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