Friday, October 28, 2016

Another Leaf

I picked up "Swainson's Thrush" yesterday and whipped out the leaf on the right.  I have some berries, the bird's name, and the bottom border to stitch.

I've had lots of American Robins in the backyard the past few days, but no other thrushes. Instead it has been a pretty good week for woodpeckers.

While I've not seen a male Downy Woodpecker in sometime, this female is a twice-daily visitor.

She is a sweet little bird.

I'm glad that she has found a feeder setup that she likes. 

The Hairy Woodpeckers also approve of my backyard set up.

They eat hulled sunflowers... well as all sorts of nuts.

They also appreciate the shelter provided by the small trees and shrubs at the edge of the yard.

Here are a couple of ladies - a female Hairy Woodpecker and female Red-shafted Northern Flicker.

I've put out some 'bark butter' hoping to attract warblers, but no luck so far.

I also was fortunate enough to see a Red-breasted Sapsucker.

It was late in the afternoon, low light, so not wonderful photos.

That bright red head is very distinctive.

I literally jumped up and down when I noticed both Acorn Woodpeckers at my front feeders.  The female on the left, the male on the right.  (The pumpkins are gel stickers I put on the window to help deter bird strikes).

I've been seeing the male far more frequently than the female. 

I took down all the front feeders, gave them a through cleaning and refilled them with 'fresh' nuts.

I have to watch the peanuts carefully, since the rains have become, they are prone to mold almost over night. My solution is to put plastic domes over the feeders, only fill them about 1/3 full so the nuts are eaten in a couple of days, and frequently clean the feeders.

A female Flicker has been hanging out in the backyard.

I love all the different feather patterns. 

She enjoys eating peanuts.

Polka dots on the front...  

...and look at all the patterns on the tail feathers!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Stitching and Birding

I'm about half way with the stitching of this "Alphabet Owl".
I should have a finish to show off next week.

Wednesday thought rainy, was mild so Parvati and Padma elected to spent time outside.

Wet weather is perfect American Robin weather.

The California Quail are impervious to the rain. 

And they pretty much ignore the deer!

Two House Finches and a Golden-crowned Sparrow.

Bush Birds!
House Finch, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Rufous Towhee, and Song Sparrow.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Last Walk in October

The day rather got away from me, so I am posting in the evening rather than first thing in the morning. 

We can still take a virtual walk even though it is dark. 

This is what October has looked like for most of the month.
If it has not been raining, then it has been gray and foggy. 

It has been warm (in the 60's) and most mornings there is light localized pockets of fog. 

We do have spots of brightness like this Sweetgum.

The Big Leaf Maples are bright yellow.

This small tree forms part of the berm in the backyard.

Here's a wild cherry.

Yellow / green Cottonwood.

Douglas fir covered with droplets.

A pair of Big Leaf Maples.

Close up.

Yellow and green.

Closer still.

Hazel brush.

One of our prettiest trees - a Paperbark Maple.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On a Roll

Design - "Whoo's There?"
Designer - Barbara Ana Designs
Fabric - 32 count cream linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 23 October 2016
Completed - 24 October 2016

Two finishes in four days - Wahoo!  Lots to like about this cutie.  The bright blue lizard, the trio of dangling spiders, the owl's hat, and the toothy pumpkin to name a few.
We had a rain-free weekend much to the cats' delight.

Parvati prefers to be outside even when it is cold and raining sideways.

Padma though is more of a fair-weather cat.

This studly gentleman provided our excitement over the weekend.

He strolled by with great presence and then tore off after a doe. Hormones in over-drive! (Apologies for the blurry photo)

Nothing new on the birding front.
A Steller's Jay

A Fox Sparrow.