The white throated sparrow is a shy, colorful little bird with a sweet song. They primarily forage for food on the ground. From above or behind they look like a typical brown sparrow but from the front one can see their namesake white throat patch and the bright yellow patches on their face.
This Cardinal was perched in the red bud tree right outside my kitchen window. There are two feeders in the tree so there are always a few birds in it. During the winter months, when the leaves are down, the birds are easier to watch and photograph.
While having lunch I noticed the intriguing pattern of lines at my table. The wicker place mat was crossed by the shadows of the blinds, which were themselves crossed by the stitching. All this seemed like a fun way to make something out of the utterly mundane.