On that note, here's what I've been up to for the last two days. I have a picture of the plotting on my Flickr.
I started out by finding pictures of birds that I liked online and traced the shape onto paper with marker. Most of them had to be simplified so I wouldn't have a million little pieces. Then I traced the shapes onto some paper backed fusible webbing. I made it with a little overlap, but trimmed where I could so I wouldn't have too many layers.
Then I cut out the pieces, ironed them on, and stitched around the edge just for added durability.