Unike Nancy (below), it has been snowing here, so sitting outside was a bit chilly; nevertheless, I gave it a try. The first time a few days ago, I was focusing on birds and had a very difficult time attempting to draw them. This second time I focused on flowers and tree fungus which sat still! Very enjoyable, and shows me how very much I have yet to learn.
The most difficult part of this exercise for me was getting the proportions right. Drawing it made me focus on the layers of feathers which I hadn't really analyzed before. I would like to be able to show the different kinds of textures on the bird - soft, fluffy, sharp, shiny etc. but I have no idea how to do that. This type of exercise makes me slow down and look at details in a way I don't do when I'm taking photos.