Since people keep asking for photos, here’s some of the results of a coupla days last week spent with a tripod focused on the suet feeder. Mostly I got bluebirds and a mockingbird, but I’ll try again this week. The photos have been filtered a bit since the lighting washed things out, so they may be a little more contrasted than real life–I’m a photographer purely for reference photos and there is very little artistry involved in what I do. (Also, feel free to correct any species identifications–it’s always possible I’m wrong!)
Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker (This one actually wasn’t filtered much–their heads really are that unnaturally vivid color.)
Male and female Eastern Bluebirds
The bluebird from an angle I will probably never paint.
Northern Mockingbird. I got dozens of this guy. It’s all the same bird, too. He was a camera hog.
Yellow-Rumped Warbler — one of a bunch of small, generally interchangeable warblery things that come to the suet.
If anybody wants to use these for reference, go ahead–I’d suggest not copying them exactly, since I’ll probably do paintings of them at some point, but feel free to do studies or use them for general ref.