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My Art is Available at Auction

Heron Watercolor | Birding Ninja


Many people have been inquiring about my art for purchase, so I’m happy to announce that one of my watercolors is up for auction to benefit the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy! The SELC helps protect and enhance the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve which includes 1,000 acres of habitat that hosts more than 700 species of plants and animals. The lagoon is vital to bird migration and is home to hundreds of native San Diego bird species, including several threatened species.

SELNatCtr_webAlso, if you never made it to the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, you have to go and take the kids. The building is LEED certified, has great views, and the most adorable rooftop garden. They have an amazing trails that are ADA accessible.  This lagoon has been so lovingly restored that it’s an absolute blast to go visit. If hanging out in lagoons isn’t your thing, this is the one lagoon you should go visit.

Please help me support this great cause by checking out my artwork and the other items up for auction online!

Please visit the Birds of a Feather Gala website to place a bid!

Peace in the Darkness

Black-crowned Night Heron Juvenille
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron at Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the Temples in O’ahu. This is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been, despite the crowds of visitors. My husband found this heron staying perfectly still on the edge of a small side pond. You would have mistaken it for a statue for as long as it we stared at it without any moment.

San Diegutio River

My mom and I showed up on Saturday for the Buena Vista Audubon’s monthly San Diegutio River walk. I had heard from several people at the BV bird count that John is an excellent teacher and birder so we were excited to see how it varied from the BV walk in both birds and in teaching style. We saw Bill there, whom we had met at the BV bird count and we stood around chatting for a while. After 30 minutes, it was clear that the walk wasn’t happening after no one else showed up.

Disappointed but not deterred, my mom and I walked around the river spotting and identifying what birds we could. All we were seeing were hummers and finches, both of which we can see in our backyard, so we decided to head over to the other side of the river thinking we would see more shorebirds closer to the ocean. With it being the height of tourism season, there are too many people to ever see any birds at the ocean. I was hoping that that would mean they would all flock to the lagoons/rivers but alas, there doesn’t seem to be any more than normal. I can’t figure out where they head off to.

Anyways, back to the story. We hit the jackpot at the overlook on the other side, but struck out pretty much everywhere else (we even headed over to San Elijo Lagoon on the way home). Pretty much all of the pictures above are from that outlook, except we saw a kingfisher but I didn’t get a shot of it. My favorite were the Killdeer, but I’m a sucker for any sandpiper because they are so entertaining to watch. The Osprey was pretty awesome too.

I can’t wait for summer to be over and there to be more birds…. and less tourists!

Great Blue Heron


In my first birding class last week at the Buena Vista Lagoon, we saw a beautiful great blue heron sitting on a light post right in front of the nature center. I kicked myself that didn’t bring a camera. Fortunately, one of the regular birders keeps a blog where she posted her pic which I used as reference for this drawing.