On the ranch, there are both golden eagles and bald eagles. The golden eagle is the bigger of the two with a 7 foot wing span. Bald eagle hanging out in a tree near the calving barn. Golden eagle perched in a tree. They lay nests in the high cliff rocks in the canyon above the ranch.
One of my favorite birds and common here in Northern Illinois, the northern flicker. A woodpecker that loves wooded areas. I recently made a commissioned flicker which inspired me to paint this one also. The lilacs have already come and gone. But I still have a few photos of them on my phone. I used this one as inspiration for the painting of the flicker.