Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Getting Ready for a New Stitch

Design - Snowman Ornament
Chart - "Let it Snow"
Designer - Val's Stitchin' Stuff
Fabric - 25 count Navy Lugana
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 22 November 2010
Completed - 22 November 2010

I am getting the floss and linen ready for a new stitch, in the meantime, here's a look back at a one day project.

Many former bloggers have turned to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media.  I do appreciate those folks who continue to blog.  I recently found a new blogger, Meg at Live to Stitch.  If you have a moment, you might stop on by and say hello.   

Most of our mornings start out quite foggy.  It makes for dull blurry photos, but I thought I would share this Robin with those of you dealing with snow and arctic cold. 

15 days in a row now!

My Yellow-rumped Warbler has shown up morning and afternoon for 15 days in a row.

He's pretty talkative, so I generally hear him and go get some bark butter for him to eat. 

Yellow atop his head, his chin, below his wings... 

...and on his rump.

I am guessing that he is a solitary bird.  I have no sense that there are
any other warblers out there.

He certainly has been a spot of color during a dull gray month.

The Juncos are another story - I see more than a dozen birds daily. 

They too are big fans of bark butter as well as black oil sunflower seeds.

Cornell University has several bird cameras that are well worth watching.
One is up in Ontario, Canada, and another in Ithica, NY.  But it is the camera in El Valle de Antón, Panama, Central America to which I've become addicted. As best I can tell the country is on the Eastern Time Zone.  The fruit eating birds are amazing. And there are squirrels!  For some reason it is weird to see squirrels in Central America.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter Stitch Winter Residents

Design - "Winter-ize" (Boxer Jr.)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 25 count Flax Dublin linen
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 7 January 2018
Completed - 13 January 2018

It's been years and years since I've stitched on 25 count fabric.  I thought I might not like it, but no worries, it went just fine! I've misplaced the five small white buttons that are supposed to be part of the design.  If when I find them, I'll post an updated photo.

Western Oregon and Washington general have mild winters - perfect for those birds that breed in Alaska like Canada Geese and Cackling Geese and other large birds like the Tundra Swans.

We often see Canada Geese and Cackling Geese in school sports fields. 

This is a flock of Cackling Geese.

They look just like Canada Geese, but are smaller birds with shorter necks.

They also sound different than Canada Geese.

Last year there were stakes and other impediments planted out in field in an attempt to deter the birds.  

Looks like they gave up this year.

The birds do work over the grass pretty hard.

They are often joined by a few crows...

...and gulls. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Solitude

Two or three Anna's remain...

Most often they are solo like this bird.  I think the bits of fuchsia on top of its head indicate a young male.

And here's an adult female.

She was kind enough to pose for me.

Shy glance from the left eye...

Flirty back pose.

I am maintaining five feeders for the hummers.  Much easier at present as temps are very mild.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pretty Quiet

David (or Douglas - I can't tell) reports that it has been pretty quiet as of late. 

Nothing much to report.  A couple of Big Gray Squirrels came by and were hugely annoying (to David) for a couple of days.

One sighting of a brush bunny.

A couple of does with a handsome buck chasing them...

Oh, and a few chipmunks, but they're beneath our notice really!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Flashback

Design - "Snowbird"
Designer - Ewe & Eye & Friends
Fabric - 32 count River Willow
Started - 23 February 2010
Completed - 7 March 2010

A flashback stitch from eight years ago. The colors (and the fabric) are great and I especially like the rice stitch detail in the interior of the bird's wing (light green).

The stitch is old, the birds are current.

For a while I only had a few Pine Siskins, but now the group is back up to around 30 birds.

I continue to have a Red-breasted Nuthatch active at the peanut feeder most afternoons.

He is fun to watch and listen to "meep-meep!"

He has great technique and is able to pull out a peanut piece fairly quickly.

Ready for take-off!

A couple of Chestnut-back Chickadees are also 'regulars' at the peanut feeder. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Feeding Birds

Design - "Wee One Santa 2016"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 28 count Summer Khaki linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW & Classic Colorworks - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 31 December 2017
Completed - 6 January 2018

As you can see, even Santa Claus feeds birds! I thought I'd share with you some of my backyard birds that have taken to eating a Wild Birds Unlimited product - Bark Butter.  For a full list of the birds observed eating bark butter, click here

I don't know why I was surprised to have a Hairy Woodpecker stop by!

He's come by several times.

The Steller's Jays will eat about anything - so no surprise there. 


Oregon Junco.

And the bird I was trying to 'trap' with the bark butter - the Yellow-rumped Warbler.  As of Wednesday, he has been by every day since the first of the year. Will it 'trap' a Townsend's Warbler?  Stay tuned!