Thank you, all you wonderful people, who've coached me on with this piece. You were right; there have been no bird attacks. ;-)
I scraped out the heavy blue on the wing, same for the tail. Dropped in a bit of gray and black for the breast feathering. Straightened the tail and blocked it in.
I'm reading about blocking in first--those big shapes and colors and tones. Details come later. Well, it's a thought any way, and I'd like to try that with the next painting, and also try to remember to apply many light coats.