In honor of the first day of spring, I sketched an Oak Titmouse, formerly know as the Plain Titmouse, from a photo I took last week here in the Sierra Nevada foothills, when the weather was warm and clear. Today it is raining, so I needed to remind myself that the birds in my yard will be back soon.
This Titmouse is a dull gray bird, but the one that I found hopping around in a bare oak tree was animated and quite charming. It posed for me in an interesting way, so I will celebrate this not-so-boring bird as a harbinger of the season.
I seem to have reduced the size of the noggin of this big-headed bird, and it appears to be smiling a bit in my drawing. Please forgive the artistic license. Chalk it up to a case of Spring Fever.