Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekly Woodpeckers

Since I'm on a roll I decided to stitch up another bee-themed design.
We shall see how it goes.

Now for the Weekly Woodpecker Report.

Here's a female Downy... 

...and a male Downy.

I am watching the newly fledged Hairy Woodpeckers.

They are incredibly entertaining.

The babies are adorably awkward and noisy.

Isn't he cute?

Father feeding son.

Mother and daughter.

Love how they have the exact same pose.

Baby boy.

Hmmm...can I eat this?

Son and mother.

I'm lazy, feed me!

"I've got a pretty good thing going on here!"

And on to the Acorn Woodpeckers.

I've only seen the male - hope this means the female is nesting.

Female Flicker on the ground...


...and perched.

And here's a male Flicker to finish off the Woodpecker Report.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bee Happy

Design - "Special Delivery - August 2014" (kit)
Designer - Pine Mountain Designs
Fabric - 32 count linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 14 June 2016
Completed - 20 June 2016

My second finish for the month!  I'm on a roll!

I'm not sure why this small bird caught my eye...

...but it did and upon closer examination I decided it was a Pine Siskin.
See the faint yellow bars on the wings? That with the sharp pointed beak, and the size of the bird made for the ID. 

I had large flocks of Pine Siskens during the winters of 2014-15 and 2015-16, but no birds this past winter. 

The bird was around most of Monday.

It looks rather rumpled like a fledgling.  
Most unusual to have a Pine Siskin this time of year, much less a single bird as they normally are in social flocks.

This time of year is challenging for novice bird watchers.
Often newly fledged birds don't much look like their adult parents.

Case in point this young Oregon Junco.
The bird looks nothing like an adult...

Here's the adult singing away.
Much more defined color.

The size and the long tail and the fact that the birds were hanging out together were the clues that both birds are Juncos.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer's First Walk

It is fitting that the first walk of the summer should feature two of my favorite summer wildflowers.  Do you see the dots of yellow among the tall grasses?

The yellow sunflower-like flowers are Narrow-leafed Wyethia (Wyethia augustifolia). 

It's a pretty common wildflower in the west. It likes sunny meadows.

I've seen it with the Grand Teton mountains as a backdrop - stunning.

My family has always called it by one of its common names - Mule's Ears - after the shape of its long green leaves. 

I bought a plant at a sale this spring and we are going to see if we can grow it up at the house.

We've sited it in our sunniest flowerbed.

These will bloom for only a couple of weeks.
So enjoy - they are fleeting. 

The meadow also has a good stand of Bachelor's Buttons.
I don't know how they got there, but they are quite happy.

I also found Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) in bloom.

And a mystery plant with fine feathery foliage and tiny white blossoms.  

And here's the other wildflower that shouts "Summer!"

Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum).

It's a great name for a wonderful native wildflower.

I hope you enjoyed today's summery yellow walk.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

They're Back If Only For a Day

Design - "Bee Ye Humble"
Designer - Pine Mountain Designs
Fabric - 32 count Wichelt linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 4 June 2012
Completed - 7 June 2012

This kit came with a tuck pillow, creating an Instant Finish!  

Besides cross stitch, the design used Satin, Herringbone, and Double Leviathan stitches.
I hope to have a new stitch to share with you later this week.

Over the weekend, I heard baby 'chirp, chirp' chirping from three of the Violet-green Swallow houses including this one. 

I thought it was interesting that three sets of eggs all hatched within 24 hours of each other.

This is the third house with babies. I have a couple of more active houses to check on. With hatchlings the adult Violet-green Swallows are much, much more active - flying about snapping flying insects from dawn to dusk. 

Also over the weekend, I had a visit from a pair of Tree Swallows.

The birds 'co-mingled' and 'talked' with the Violet-green Swallows.

I think there were territorial disputes going on.

I still have several empty birdhouses, and it's not yet too to build a nest and raise a family.

I love the liquid gurgling sounds the Tree Swallows make.

Plus, how can you top their iridescent blue feathers? 

Handsome birds...

..and graceful fliers.
Thanks for stopping by.