yellow-rumped-warbler

Inktober Day 2: Divided

The Yellow-rumped Warbler complex (Setophaga coronata) has variously been split and lumped into several species. Three of the most distinctive are the Myrtle Warbler (above), Audubon’s Warbler (right), and Black-fronted Warbler (left). Recently there has been a proposal to divide them once again into separate species.

My most recently completed project for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and one of my last projects!
An opening spread for a Living Bird article on avian genomics, and how studying avian genomes sometimes makes figuring out species relationships less clear, despite having more information! Can you name all the warblers depicted?

Yellow-rumped warblers warblers come in two varieties, the Audubon’s (pictured above, as I have only seen this variety) and Myrtle warblers. They migrate down into the United States and Mexico during winter, and up to Canada during summer where they breed. They are versatile foragers, and they are able to digest waxes in bayberries and wax myrtles which allows them to winter farther north than most warblers. [redbubble]

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2017 08 – Zen Glen, Indian Land, South Carolina, March 10, 2017

Some people wake up,
and some people never do.
Not that anyone is ever fully, completely, totally AWAKE.
No more than anyone is ever fully, completely, totally GROWN UP.
We are all strung out along a continuum
from sound asleep to wide awake.
How far along we get
in the time we have been given,
is the mark that matters most–
and we are only competing
with ourselves.
We strive to be more awake today
than yesterday.
Or not.
Yesterday’s level–
which really goes back
through a long string
of yesterdays–
is good enough
for too many people,
who never bother to ask,
“What am I seeing?
What am I not seeing?
Is there a theme here?
If so, what is it saying?”

Wow, it’s been a while.  Sorry for the silence.  I was out of the country for a while, but now that I’m back, I’ll be starting on a new series of paintings.  But more on that later.  For now, here is a painting I did as a Christmas present, a Yellow-rumped warbler, standing in some snow (there was a little bit of debris on the scanner, so I might be doing another, better quality post of this later