The birds one can see while travelling

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Birds and Nature, Blog, Susan LeVine

One of the perks of living in Chicago was the variety of birds I saw when the weather changed. In the Spring when it was getting warm and a sudden cold front came , I was visited by Red-breasted grosbeaks. In the fall the white crown sparrows(one is pictured here) appeared just as they do in Santa Barbara, where I live now. They have the most beautiful song. While I was in England I saw a robin that was nothing like the Robin I grew up knowing in Chattanooga, it was smaller and much more the size of a blue bird.

It always surprises me when I travel and see a bird that reminds me of home even if it is a raven or crow and may have a variation of the feather pattern from that of the crows and ravens in the states. This summer I went to Israel and I saw the most fantastic birds. I had no idea that when birds from Europe make their great migration to Africa they stop in Israel. I visited Israel in June and I guess some of the birds that usually migrate decided to stay long enough for me to see them. I saw bee-eaters and the common heron (which was far from common with turquoise and burnt sienna colored feathers),Rose-Ringed Parakeets, Syrian Woodpeckers, a common crane in a field of grain, a Spur-winged Lapwing, a Great Tit( I know, it has probably one of the more embarrassing names other than the Blue-Tit that I saw in Ireland), a Speckled Bulbul and the Hoopoe,the national bird of Israel. I have sketches of these birds and when I finish my present projects I will paint them and share them with you.