Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Arrivals

Design - "First Day of Spring"
Designer - Sam Sarah Designs
Fabric - 32 count Natural Light linen
Fibers - Crescent Colours & DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 23 March 2014
Completed - 23 March 2014

We're just past the first day of spring - so I am featuring a spring stitch and a new arrival or two.

over the weekend I saw a pair of American Goldfinches, but was not able to get a photo.

So I was thrilled when a pair of Lesser Goldfinches showed up that I had my camera at hand. This is the female.
And here is the male.

They are not melodic birds. 

Rather they make a grating mechanical sound that is instantly recognizable.   

I'd forgotten just how small they are.
Much smaller than my House Finches or American Goldfinches.

Finally the pair flew to the feeders.


Welcome back you two!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Walk Around the House

No oomph today, so let's just walk around the house to see what we might see.

I haven't been paying attention - look the elderberry is leafing out!

And in our new lawn, lots of wild mustard is blooming.

'Jetfire' Daffodils

Primrose - 'Hose in Hose'


 Primrose - 'Hose in Hose'

A nice trifecta - hellebore, dicentra, and trillium.

Close up of the Bleeding Heart (dicentra)

Well named Trillium 'Volcano'

A trio of podophyllums look other-worldly as they erupt up from the earth.

A frilly primrose


A hybrid trout lily (erythronium). 

A couple of natives - super excited as they are inside the deer fence and should do well this year. A tiger lily amidst a field of bleeding hearts.  

Bleeding Heart

I wish you could smell this Daphne!

Daffodil 'Snipe'

I'm hoping that when this current is in full bloom, I'll be able to take photos of all the hummingbirds fighting over this plant.

Hope you enjoyed today's abbreviated walk.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday's Report

Design - "Spring's Arrival"
Chart - "March of the Daffodils"
Designer - Blackbird Designs
Fabric - 32 count Willow Belfast linen
Fibers - GAST & Crescent Colours - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started -29 March 2014
Completed - 3 April 2014

We have several different kinds of daffodils in bloom now.  I'll have to share some photos.  Also in bright yellow, I saw a male American Goldfinch on Sunday - the first of the year!

Here's my weekly woodpecker report.
It's all about couples this time of year!

Female Hairywoodpecker

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Male and female Acorn Woodpeckers

Female Acorn Woodpecker

Male Acorn Woodpecker

Male and female Northern Flicker

Male Northern Flicker

Female Northern Flicker

I wonder how many females are coming to the feeders, or if I'm photographing the same one over and over again. 

She does have lovely orange tail feathers.

Soon she will be paired up and start nesting.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring is Hare, I Mean Here!

Design - "Ostara"
Designer - The Primitive Hare
Fabric - 32 count R & R American Chestnut linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 3 April 2014
Completed - 4 April 2014

Let's celebrate the first day of spring with a spring stitch...

...and a spring bunny.

More and more hummingbirds as the weather improves.

I've now seen two male Rufous Hummingbirds - buzzing one another over territorial issues.  So let's have a crash course on IDing the female Rufous Hummingbirds. 

The tricky part is that they look very similar to Anna's females.
This is an Anna's female - note the green and white breast.  That's the crucial difference.

Here's my Rufous Hummingbird female.  While she has a green back and head like an Anna's...

She has brown (or rufous) feathers on the sides of her breast.

While it is hard to ID the bird if it is in flight, the differences are readily apparent when the bird is at rest.

...the differences are readily apparent when the bird is at rest.

She's a bit smaller than an Anna's, but that is hard to tell.

As I type this there is a male Rufous Hummingbird peering at me through my second story window.  Perhaps he wants to weigh in on this topic.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Now There Are Six

I now have at least six hummingbirds.

Two male Anna's Hummingbirds. Though I've not managed a photo of them together as they are usually chasing each other.

The female Anna's are more mellow.

They chase off the males...  

But look!  They will 'share' close feeders together.
So there are two of them as well!

The little male Rufous Hummingbird is The King of Everyone and Everything! 

He does not tolerate anyone else.

Small, but mighty!

He thinks the backyard is his domain.

He perches and watches...

And finally, there is one female Rufous.  She looks very much like a female Anna's, but she has brown belly feathers.