Characterized by its stately demeanor, the bald eagle is dressed in richly toned plumage punctuated with bright yellow irises. Mallards sport a mottled mix of grays and browns but have that most recognizable and slightly festive iridescent green cap. And woodpeckers? Even though Woody Woodpecker lived as an animated and obnoxious Saturday morning visitor safely confined to the TV screen, he embodied the brazen and relentless nature of the real and dramatically feathered birds, which can be found drilling holes in everything from sugar pines to soffit boards.
They’re all birds, but of very differing feathers and families.
Robb Olson, principal of the Tahoe City architecture firm Olson-Olson Architects with his wife Molly, looked to these Tahoe-native birds—in addition to six others: sparrow, chickadee, osprey, Stellar’s jay, robin and owl—to lend identity and character to the flock of nine rental units at Homewood’s Cedar Crest Cottages.