I wanted to change them to local birds, but since they’re on the large side, I tried to stick with larger-sized species. Even so, they’re still a little big.
Most of the changes involved giving the birds larger beaks and reshaped heads.
Some also got legs, bent from tiny pieces of wire. I don’t know how I managed to get these birds to stand up on their own… dumb luck, I guess? I’m happy about that anyway!
With a little paint, I now have two American robins:
A steller’s jay:
A mountain bluebird:
A western bluebird:
And two blue jays:
The robins are my favorites. I made them a nest from bits of twine and moss, then filled it with a few polymer clay eggs: