It's finished! I've painted 52 birds - well, actually more than 52 because I did a few outside of my journal.
I always itch to finish towards the end of a journal, but I've really enjoyed discovering new species of birds and getting re-acquainted with ones I've known. I am going to do something similar for 2017, though I haven't decided for sure if I'll go with a theme, or be a little more loose. I may just commit to doing a painting every week. I've already bought myself a Stillman & Birn 9 x 12 Beta sketchbook for the purpose.