Painted by Alyssa Roche
Recently I was reading a guide to birds of Algonquin Provincial Park, and it made me want to go bird-watching. I have always loved birds, so much so that I recieved birding guides as gifts when I was a child, and had practically memorized the Compact Guide to Atlantic Canadian Birds. Sometimes I would even go out to a swampy area near my home, and sit in the trees with a tiny pair of binoculars and try to spot birds out there. I had strongly considered going to school to become an ornithologist. It would have been so interesting (but then again, there are so many interesting things to study)! Seeing the bird guide reminded me of that, so I decided to do a quick painting of a cute little gray jay.