While rummaging through a wooden box containing old carvings, I came across this Gray Catbird. It’s actually the first bird that I had ever carved and holds up considering. This bird was mostly carved during a session with Geoff Davis of 50 Little Birds in July of 2009. So, I guess you could say this is the bird that started it all. I remember that Summer and the following Seasons creating and carving birds constantly. I’ve slowed down quite a bit since then, but always looking for a chance to create.
The Chippewa Indians named this secretive bird ,”Bird That Cries With Grief”, due to its raspy call that often sounds like a mewing house cat. The Catbird also mimics other birds, but rarely repeats the same phrases. They are also very protective of their nests found in thick shrubs. Catbirds destroy eggs introduced to the nest by other birds.
This bird was carved from pine, painted with acrylics, and finished with various layers of varnish. What do you think of my first folk art bird carving?