Guadalajara Bird

January 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm 4 comments


I was drawing a map of Guadalajara the other day, for no particular reason, and discovered a bird walking in the streets. Do you see it?

He reminds me of a fella who took a long walk on the beach with me in Puerto Vallarta.


My sketch was just a small section of the city. I checked google maps and, sure enough, there are more streets that look like tail feathers. This can’t be a coincidence! Is it my imagination or were the city planners having some fun? I added the “tail” streets to my sketch and colored the map to highlight the bird, a creature I’ve named Birdalajara.


The areas in green are actual parks, the rest of the colors were inspired by the Mexican ceramics and tiles that I love so much.

Entry filed under: Illustration, Maps, Travel. Tags: .

Pacific Happy Valentine’s Day!

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. henniemavis  |  February 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    This is lovely! I love birds of any kind & this one is particularly wonderful :-)

    • 2. peggy fussell  |  February 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Thanks, Heidi! Next I’ll need to look for chickens in a map of New Hampshire!

  • 3. David M. Berman  |  August 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I love the Guadalajara bird. Should go in a guide book!


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I am an illustrator who lives and works in Kingston, Ontario. This blog is where I post published illustrations, experimental and promotional work as well as bits and pieces of other things that make life fun....drawing, cooking, gardening, friends, family. Click on one of the circles below to start a slideshow of my portfolio. To contact me about my work, please write to peg.fussell (at) Thanks for stopping by!



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