Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Valentine and a Bath

Design - Make Do #11 - "Love" (kit)
Designer - Shakespeare's Peddler
Fabric - 32 count Rosy Pink linen
Fibers - unknown - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 28 February 2013
Completed - 5 March 2013


A very business-like "V" of geese flew overhead on Saturday heading north.
Migration has begun.  

This Spotted Towhee looks as wide as he is tall.
He's all fluffed up and ready to dive in...

...and take a bath.

Back out and shake off...

...and dive in once again.

Isn't the White-throated Sparrow pretty with all the green moss?

Chestnut-back Chickadee - sigh!

Black-capped Chickadee at the feeder...

...and scolding me as I fill up a feeder. I'm going as fast as I can!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Winter Birds

Design - "Chickadee"
Designer - Elizabeth Spurlock
Chart - Easy Cross Stitch Pattern a Day 2009 Calendar
Fabric - 32 count Lakeside Linen Winter Sky
Started - 16 January 2009
Completed - 29 January 2009

I thought I'd share this cross stitch finish.  Black-capped Chickadees are one of my favorite winter birds.

And now, to share photos of another winter favorite.

Kinglets rarely come to my feeders. I have to go on a winter walk and listen carefully to find these small birds.

This female Ruby-crowned Kinglet was flitting about at the edge of my sister's Dahlia Garden. 

I managed to get several 'good' looks, enough to determine that it was a female, as the ruby crown never made itself known.

As is usually the case with Kinglets, I heard the bird first before finding it.

he sound is also how I determined that it was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet rather than a Golden-crowned Kinglet.  The white around the eye also helped to
ID the bird.

The day was gray and dull, so the light was not the best.

This turned out to be a pretty good photo.

Look at the body of the bird in comparison to the feet and legs!
Side-ways bird!

Sometimes I see just one bird, sometimes there are several all looking for insects in the mosses and lichens of shrubs and trees.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Splish Splash

It's time for a bath.

Water on my beak...

Sticking out my tongue.

Splish...

Splash!

It's tough work...

getting clean!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Small Critters

With warmer weather, there are a few more critters out and about.

I counted three chipmunks on the woodpile.

And a grey squirrel likes the ease of access this feeder gives him.

He can grab a greedy handful of seeds...

...and munch to his heart's content.

Several mornings each week, there is a bunny waiting for me to fill the big bird feeder and toss some sunflower seeds on the ground.

You don't think about bunnies climbing things, but he is quite adept getting around atop the woodpile.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Counting on You and Me

Design - "February Glows"
Designer - Bent Creek 
Fabric - 32 count Country French Cafe Mocha linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 15 February 2011
Completed - 18 February 2011

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The Great Backyard Bird Count begins today!

I am going to start counting this morning.  I'll report my observations next week. With the weird and sometimes extreme winter weather in different parts of the US, the count observations will be very important.  Remember it is a worldwide count, so no matter where you are, you can participate. 

Today we'll take a look at my woodpeckers.

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Female Hairy Woodpecker
They showed up at the feeders at the same time.

The Flickers have begun courting. The male is on the bottom. The two on the top are females.  I am hearing 'hammering' on the roof, another sign of spring's arrival.

Look at how complex the tail feather pattern is.

This is a young bird - probably a summer 2016 hatch.

I cannot explain why I think it is a young bird, it just 'looks' that way to me. 

The other morning both Acorn Woodpeckers were atop a tall Douglas fir tree.
This is the female.

And here's the male.

The Acorns like peanuts, but also eat suet.

Look at those strong, stiff tail feathers helping to support the bird.

I've heard a Pileated Woodpecker off in the distance a couple of times, but have not seen one in a couple of months.  I'm hoping that I do for the bird count and that a Sapsucker comes my way.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Let's All Join In!

Design - "2006 Collector's Heart"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Summer Khaki Belfast linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW -2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 5 February 2011
Completed - 15 February 2011

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Are you up for some fun this weekend? Sure you are!
This Friday through Monday (February 17th-February 20th) so can participate in a worldwide citizen science bird count. It's time for the Great Backyard Bird Count. All it takes is 15 minutes observing the birds in your backyard or local park. Click the link above and there's all kinds of information on how to get started - there are even free birding apps for your phone.  I encourage you to give it a try, it's a fun 'nature lesson' to share with children. Don't feel that you have to submit data all four days, may folk's work schedules do not allow for that.  Pick a location, pick a day or two and get started. I am going to do so for the 6th consecutive year.  Believe me, I was a bumbling newbie the first year, but my data was valid and useful. 


I think that in the birding world, I'm beginning to see signs that Love is in the Air!

The Song Sparrows have begun to sing, and the Juncos looking like they are pairing up.

 I continue be enchanted by my encounters with Chestnut-backed Chickadees. 

Could they be pairing up as well?

I bought this feeder particularly to attract smaller birds like juncos and chickadees - so no complaints!

The birds also like to nibble off small bits of peanuts.

See? He has a chip in his beak.

You brighten a dull winter's day.