Guadalajara Bird


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.


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

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

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

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