Banding is a scientific study, an effort to record the occurence of birds during a variety of seasons to aid in assessing the health and numbers of a bird population and to learn about bird use of a given habitat. For me, it also represents the opportunity to study a bird species for future art projects. The common yellowthroat is a busy warbler species that favors shrubby grassland.
The common yellowthroat spends much of its time foraging for small insects in the dense vegetation of fields. It's beautiful song, "witchety, witchety, witchety", will always bring to mind summer sunrise on the refuge! Listen to the common yellowthroat song at Cornell's site.
To see the progression of this painting visit: Common Yellowthroat Painting
To see how I used my sketchbook to help make decisions for the painting visit: Using your sketchbook to jump-start your painting, and to see more about the celebration event visit: Seven Islands Becomes First State Birding Park.