My birds look best when massed with other birds. They look great on their stands in my shop and at shows. I love to mass them on the bookshelves at home. Gail, a friend and collector, has sent several photos of her collection.
I’ve began exploring masses of birds with my Murders — masses of crows on a single base. I’ve treated owls in a similar manner and have created two pieces exploring the inferred relationships between crows and cardinals.
Lately I’ve become interested in chipping sparrows. We’ve a mixed flock of sparrows that lives around the neighborhood. One of their favorite haunts is in a bayberry bush (I brought the bush to Indiana from Maine when the girls were little. It’s now bigger than the truck we traveled in).
These little brown jobs (LBJs in the birding world) flit quickly from place to place en mass. There’s never one at the feeder — it’s 30. The bushes are alive with movement and sound.
These are photos are shot as i worked with my iPhone. The piece is now finished and needs to spend some time with Kelley Jordan, my Little bird photographer.