The House Finch
I have the "house finch" all over my backyard. They are small bodied with large beaks and long flat heads. I see the red heads, the yellow headed ones and lots of the plain grayish-brown females. The scientific name for them is "Carpodacus Mexicanus."
They frequent backyards and parks across the continent. They are also all over the desert Southwest, so I have the opportunity to photograph and watch them daily.
I just returned from a trip up north where I photographed some of the largest "ravens" I have ever seen. I plan on doing a series of sketches and paintings of those birds next.