This little female cardinal actually died in my hand about a week ago. I was putting the greyhounds out in the kennels and she crash landed through the dog door and into the wall of the kennel. Sassy (the greyhound) grabbed her before I could, but also dropped her pretty quickly when I yelled at her. So I'm not sure if it was the crash or the greyhound mouthing that did her in, or a combination of the two. She died about 30 seconds after I picked her up, poor thing. But observationist that I am, I set her aside near the outside trash cans so that I could draw her later in the day. Todd complained a little later that the gnats were getting to her so I took pictures of her instead. It just worked out that she was the perfect subject for this weeks Illustration Friday word.