EDIT: Alright, as requested a walk-through showing the progress of the barn swallow. As you can see in the first pic, the bird is carved from a scrap piece balsa wood. I use my x-acto knife and P400 sandpaper so far. Next step would be to fix the wings and glue them in place. Working off and on between my regular work on this..
Turned out far to detailed - I meant to make a simplified version of this bird.. Oh well..