Birds enter my consciousness first each morning: the many songs outside which break the night's silence are joined by our timed radio which begins with Tweet of the day on BBC Radio 4. But the early bird whose appearance I most anticipate is that of the wren which I see skittering around just outside the window when we are having breakfast.
My favourite illustrative rendering of the wren is in a Robin Tanner etching which also includes the Spring flowers which here have already been flowering since the end of December: primroses.
Wren and primrose (1935) from here
I am also very fond of Madeleine Floyd's quirky paintings of birds - we very much enjoyed using the mugs with her birds and their eggs when we were on holiday last year. Here is her wren from here: