Friday, April 28, 2017
Chart - "Spring Things"
Design - "Peep"
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 28 count Light Mocha Cashel
Fibers - WDW & GAST & DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 4 May 2014
Completed - 7 May 2014
We've had a record-breaking number of rainy days.
I think even the birds are getting tired of it!
Look at this poor soaking wet Flicker.
Here's a California Scrub Jay.
And I am happy to see a female Black-head Grosbeak to go with the male I saw a couple of days ago.
They'll hang around and raise their family here.
I'm hoping an Evening Grosbeak couple or two will chose to do the same thing.
Can you be persuaded?
I counted a flock of 20 birds flying overhead yesterday.
Such a handsome bird.
You are forgiven for not having a pretty courting song.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Design - "R is for Robin"
Design - Sam Sarah Designs
Fabric - 28 count Newport Red / Natural Zweigart linen
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 9 May 2014
Completed - 10 May 2014
I am thrilled to have so many Black-capped Chickadees.
They like the small Japanese Maple in the front flowerbed.
And they are also active in the back.
I saw a Chestnut-back Chickadee yesterday as well as a White-throated Sparrow.
There are two or three White-crowned Sparrows most days.
I think the clean zebra stripes on their head.
The Golden-crowned Sparrows' markings are blurrier.
For a pop of color, the male American Goldfinches place well!
Top left and right are male Lesser Goldfinches.
This guy needs to get darker and brighter color to interest the females.
As for bigger
pests birds, the Band-tailed Pigeons are daily visitors.
The flock numbers in the high teens.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Each April I have to document the amazing wildflowers that reside under an oak grove in a neighbor's front yard.
This winter wrecked havoc on the oaks. They are but shadows of their former selves. I am hoping that two or three manage to hang on and recover.
The oaks provide the dappled shade beloved by many of our native wildflowers including Small Flowered Trilliums.
I have never seen more Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii).
They thrive here.
Some folks call them rooster bills based on the shape of the flower.
She also has many Oregon Fawn Lilies (Erythronium oregonum).
Fawn Lilies, Trout Lilies, or as my family has always called them - Lambs' Tongues.
Nature is the best gardener!
We should appreciate her work.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Here's my new purchases from Friendship Crossing in Corvallis, OR.
Lots of bird patterns this time. Sounds like a theme for May!
This week is forecast to be cold and rainy, so I find comfort in my little yellow outdoor finials. How many American Goldfinches can you count?
I counted 14 American Goldfinches, 6 Lesser Goldfinches, and a large flock of Purple Finches.
It's nice to have the "Canary Guys" (as my father calls them) back again.
I don't have enough stations at the feeders to serve everyone.
I was thrilled to count eight Evening Grosbeaks Monday afternoon.
I'd begun to worry that they were going to pass me by this year.
With four couples, I might get luck and have one pair stay and nest.
Here's a Rufous Towhee. Some beginning birds confuse them with Black-headed Grosbeaks.
Today was my first sighting of a Black-headed Grosbeak.
It's a larger bird with an orange collar and white flecks on the wings.
The Towhee has red eyes and the grosbeak has brown eyes.
The males have a beautiful song that sweetens my morning chorus.
Hope you are enjoying the return of spring / summer birds where ever you are.