It’s been an exceptionally wet summer here in the middle of America. Lots of rain means lots of puddles which means lots of mosquitos which means there is food aplenty for critters that enjoy a mosquito meal. One of those mosquito-eating critters is the lovely Barn Swallow. Sadly, these birds don’t live in my neighborhood, but they were plentiful at my rural childhood home. They nested in the rafters and under the eves of the barn and outbuildings. There was a family that returned year after year to nest above a window on our house. By summer’s end, my family shared the homestead with at least 30 swallows! Those warm August evening skies were filled with careening fork-tailed birds gorging on mosquitos and other flying insects. That memory inspired this illustration.
A spring-like pattern for National Bird Day!
Inspiration is all around us. Recently I looked directly overhead and witnessed hundreds of Franklin’s Gulls wheeling beneath an azure autumn sky. The image lodged in my brain and created an itch I had to scratch, resulting in the image, below.
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I gathered up all my many bird images and made a repeating pattern! Bird mug, bird iPhone case, bird tote, bird pillow sham, bird coasters,... So many birds on so many products. Check out my Society6 store for a peck...er...peek.