• Eleanor
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      Chirps: 7
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    • Karen
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      Chirps: 17
      1. I found this challenging.  I usually like to take pictures and them draw from them so I can get all the details more acurately on the page.  I tried to quickly sketch the overall scene without going into too much detail.   Sit Spot 27 March
    • Christopher
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      Chirps: 9
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    • Patricia
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      Chirps: 8
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    • Kathleen
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      Chirps: 28
      Squirrels 1) I have been participating in Project FeederWatch and so I sit often at a window where I oversee an area with 9 feeders. Many squirrels come, too, which is why it's fun to have a journal entry about them. As noted, these squirrels come regularly, but there have been uncommon visitors like the Pileated Woodpecker. That was a thrill because he/she was so big and looked so much like a dinosaur bird! 2) Artistic observations come easily and scientific observations come rather easily as well - but dispassionate ones do not. The hawk who comes occasionally always scares me because I feel very protective of the birds I encourage into the feeding area. I run out and clap at him/her, so he/she flies away....
    • Janine
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      Chirps: 21
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    • Elizabeth
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      Chirps: 3
      Not good outdoor sitting weather so I sat and watched my birdfeeders from inside.  Observed Cardinals coming and going and their interactions which I hadn't noticed before sitting and watching for a 20 minute period.  Felt I learned more about Cardinal behavior.  Observing birds came easily to me, would like to get better at making quick sketches of birds.
    • Margery
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      Chirps: 2
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    • Jessica
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      Chirps: 5
      My sit spot was by a window in my home, looking out over my bird feeders. I think it was too late in the day for any bird (or squirrel!) visitors, but I had fun observing the snow and the rest of the natural view. So much snow!IMG_7919
    • Janine
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      Chirps: 21
      WIN_20210128_17_09_00_ProI just drew in my bird room because it was cold and windy outdoors. This is my Jardines parrot. He loves to have the attention of me drawing him.
      • laurie
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        Chirps: 34
        What a sweet drawing of your Baby Beau. He looks very puffy! Nothing wrong with adding some leafy embellishments :-) I haven't had the bravery to sketch my buddy- a mixed breed medium sized dog, but I should... especially since he is always ready to be fawned over! He also would be a great character to study when we are on our walks and hikes.
      • Janine
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        Chirps: 21

        @laurie Thank you Laurie. I made him a bit too puffy!

    • laurie
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      Chirps: 34
      3 degrees F/-16 C on a sunny day. Not a bird to be seen or heard. Even the squirrels are staying at home. Sat for an hour in my dining window looking down and not one glimpse of wildlife to be seen. Normally this sit spot (my favourite place in my little apartment downtown) is full of activity, especially the antics of the squirrels- leaping, caching, chirping their warnings at me and at each other. Today all is quiet. I struggle with tree branches... I just "fake 'em".  6021CBB8-09AB-4A75-98F2-7D04A294CD1F_1_105_c
      • Karen
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        Chirps: 4
        I love how you managed to find a sit spot in winter, indoors and still find nature!
      • Kathleen
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        Chirps: 74
        I appreciate the detail in this sketch from the indoor setting, making the most of whats available.
    • Karly
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      Chirps: 11
      IMG_0652I did my sit spot at my window that opens to my fire escape. Since I've been working from home, I've been able to watch and observe all the changes over the seasons, who comes to feed at what times, etc. I have a few regular visitors that showed up today and I was able to include in my sketches, along with a new visitor! I included Stewart, a squirrel who comes to eat the seeds from my halloween pumpkin, peanuts, and bird seed. He's become a hit with my friends, he is very photogenic. Then there is Dolly, a one-legged dark-eyed junco who likes to feed by herself or wait for other juncos to leave. Today she sat alone on my windowsill for a full 15 minutes just watching. She also bounced a little from the balancing. A female cardinal also showed up, which was a new fire escape sighting for this winter and I was very excited she paid a visit! As I was sketching, I started with something to anchor me that I felt might be the larger item, which was the bush/tree to the left of the fire escape. Then I placed the other animal visitors in open spaces and filled in some notes. This sketch isn't too out of the box, so i'd like to continue to play with different ideas for formats.
    • Lisa
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      Chirps: 4
      This is a bit silly, but which book should we take out to the field?  The black one or the larger blue one?
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        Bird Academy
        Either one! The mixed media pad (larger blue one) is great for practicing assignments. The moleskine (black one) is a nicer option for when you want to start your official nature journal. But it's totally up to you when and where to use them.
    • Charlotte
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      Chirps: 3
      I noticed patterns more on my second try. Observations of light and sound came easily (in the case of the sound of passing traffic, came frustratingly). Counting things and finding patterns was more of a challenge, maybe because my mind isn't very methodical ;-) Still, I loved how this exercise took me out of daily "to-do's" and into a world of wonder. I can't wait to try it again.IMG_2853
    • lisa
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      Chirps: 7
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    • Courtney
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      Chirps: 3
      image Sight observations came more easily to me, especially looking for birds. I am used to looking up and spying movement. Looking at plants and other things on the ground was more out of the box for me because I normally don’t intentionally look at the plants around me.
    • Carol
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      Chirps: 8
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    • Lisa K
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      Chirps: 4
      The sit spot exercise was so meditative.  I sat out for about 30 minutes on my back deck.  What a wonderful exercise to draw and observe my little friends I see in a new way.  Loved this! Screenshot 2020-12-31 171817
    • Miriam
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      Chirps: 3
      I sat on a fallen log, which was outside the fence for my yard. It was lovely to just sit and be with nature. I found that visual observations came easily, but listening to the forest was difficult for me. I had to clear my thoughts to be able to truly experience the sit spot.
    • Cecilia
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      Chirps: 19
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    • Mwangi
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      Chirps: 8
      IMG_20201224_100749Sit-spotting on Christmas Eve. The writing is not so legible :/
    • Judith
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      Chirps: 6
      Devoting 15 minutes of silent time to observe was fruitful! The natural spot I chose was my back yard in suburban Boulder, so many of the sounds were typical of that setting--kids calling, planes overhead, etc.What I did notice, however, was that the birds coming to the feeder were unusually quiet, perhaps because of my presence. At the end of the time, a rabbit came into view, definitely a surprise since I was so close. Because it's winter, there isn't  much plant growth, but there are rose hips. I couldn't capture the dimpled surface very well, so that's a fine point worth working on.journal
    • Nancy
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      Chirps: 3
      This is my first page of my field journal.  I live in northern Michigan adjacent to a national forest and trails for cross country skiing, mountain biking, hiking and lots of trees for great birding.  I sat at my desk and revisited my experience outside yesterday and an encounter with a barred owl. I really enjoyed this process.3AC0E9D1-A435-4449-AEE6-269C6D575E76
    • Florence
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      Chirps: 18
      My sit spot was inside as the weather is inclement and cold...  I chose a rose bud. A photo taken  It is a Knock out rose that started blooming in November.  Unusual as I live in Oregon and this time of year it’s rainy  and cold and can snow if cold enough.  Fairly mild this year consequently plants are still in bloom.  Hummingbirds are enjoying them. Particularly  the salvias growing in a large container by the front door.  I feed the birds so we have several varieties. A lot of wildlife even tho living in a residential area.  F0CB6C87-10C1-4940-A404-74F57F61E9F4
    • Lynne
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      Chirps: 6
      1207200948 I haven't had the chance to buy all the materials for this class yet, so I just did a little sit spot in my writing journal. Even though it's just a tiny drawing, I really loved sitting and working on this leaf for a while. I go to Green-Wood Cemetery here in Brooklyn 3-4 times a week to walk and bird (and tree), but this exercise was like a lovely permission to just sit and be present with one spot in the park. I felt sort of amazing after the 30ish minutes I spent just sitting. The fall migration seems to have come to a close in Green-Wood - at least the major activity of it - but where I sat I was joined by a lot of Titmouses (Titmice?), 50-60 geese, two Mallards, one Great Blue Heron, some Chickadees and Blue Jays and I could hear a Red Bellied Woodpecker though I didn't see one until much later when I was leaving the grounds. The bottom of this entry says: "I'm thinking about permission. Like these classes are giving me permission that somehow I needed. Permission for observing to be the all, not just a means."