It was a fun sketch to do. I love drawing birds. Drawing the bird was easy, except for its feet... I probably would not have noticed the lichen or the moss on the branches. I would have been focused on the color of the bird and it's markings so I could identify what kind of bird it was. Yes it would make a difference in journaling, because the type of tree and leaves are part of the birds habitat.
I retired two years ago and my daughter sent me a sketch book and a Nature Journaling book. I have always liked to draw birds and animals and like observing their behaviors. I like drawing flowers as well and am fascinated by the growing stages of flowers and plants. I live on 6 acres of woods in the Ozarks and we have deer, wild turkey, squirrels, and lots of birds, which we feed. I like to watch the birds behaviors at the feeders and observe them on their nests and feeding their young. I've always said that I would rather be outside than inside. That is where I am happiest. We keep most of our property natural so that the animals and birds have a little sanctuary to come to where they know they are safe. This course will help me practice my skills and learn more about the outdoors. It will also help me to record what we see on our road trips to the National Parks and Bird Sanctuaries we visit.