Found out yesterday that Arizona’s state bird is the cactus wren. Huh. News to me since I didn’t even know states had birds. I mean, I knew they had birds, but I didn’t know that they had bona fide, official, you-are-our-mascot types of birds. In Arizona, that office is held by the cactus wren.
What did I find out about this little creature? Well, in terms of diet, I share much in common with the cactus wren. I am an omnivore and so is she. I like to eat seeds, fruits – and yes – small animals, and so does the cactus wren. O’ course she chooses wasps and frogs; I myself prefer quails and chickens.
Furthermore, according to the people who make Wikipedia, the cactus wren “forms permanent pair bonds AND the pair defends a territory where they live all through the year.” Well, guess what? I do that exact same thing!!! I am amazing at territory defense and permanent pair bonding! You should see me. I’m like professional. I feel like Wikipedia took my life and put it under the cactus wren heading. The resemblance is uncanny.
So when I found out how similar the cactus wren and I were and are, I decided I needed to colour in a cactus wren colouring page like now. So I googled it and it literally took me 2 seconds to find it. Right HERE at Super Coloring! It was meant to be, I tell you.
And then I decided that colouring pencils just weren’t good enough for my birdish soul mate. So I broke out the paints. Ya, baby.
A little while later, with the help of my paints and brushes, I had my very own pretty little cactus wren to hang in the kitchen to remind me that I and nature have much in common and are maybe even one and the same.
I hope you have a lovely Easter. I know the cactus wren and I will.
Wow, that one of the most beautifully painted coloring pages I've seen! I love it! And I loved reading your commentary on your "soul-mate bird." XD By the way, how did you get the paper to stay flat after you painted it? Did you print the picture onto cardstock or something?
Hi FarmGirl, I actually transferred the outline of the design onto the board and then proceeded with the painting. Painting on the page would have been very krinkly indeed. 🙂
Linda Knox says
Great painting and loved reading the story about you and the cactus wren. FYI, the robin is the state bird of WI and the mockingbird is the state bird of FL. Every state has birds, flowers, trees, etc. It's fun to check them out.
You know what Linda? I may well do that! 🙂
I tried to add a comment last night, and my stupid phone would not cooperate. There is an official EVERYTHING in each state in the US, from amphibian to rock. It's ridiculous to a point, but let the list speak for itself:
That's awesome Glo! Thanks for that!
Beautiful painting and very entertaining read, lol. Even in Canada we have provincial flowers, and possibly even animals. Hmm, I'll have to go check that out now.
Hey, look at that, they do too, along with official trees and minerals and fish, who knew!
Oh man, thanks for the link Heidi. I'm going to have to paint the Ontario animal now, whatever it may be! Going to check that out. 🙂