The Sweet-voiced Bird Has Flown: Common Birds in Decline
note: this site is temporarily hosted by while its independent site is under construction

A Project of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology 2009-2010


Click on text or picture for more information on birds, artists, and causes for decline.

Each artist created a color painting (shown here and on linked pages) and a monochrome sketch (on linked pages). The painting shows the bird in its native, undisturbed habitat. The sketch shows the same species with the environmental pressures that have caused its decline.

American Bittern
Blackthroated sparrow
Boreal Chickadee
Common Grackle
Common Tern
Evening grosbeak
Field Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Greater Scaup
horned lark
Lark Sparrow
Little Blue Heron
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Pintail
Ruffed Grouse
Rufous Hummingbird
Snow Bunting

Chumley's Tchotchkies patterns

Rumford Graphics
Scientific Illustration