Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday's Hummers

No males in sight.  I read on Facebook that a New Mexican National Park was on alert for the first male Rufous Hummingbirds to show up on their return to Central and South America.  They show up in mid-March and leave by mid-July. 

I do have several Anna's (females).  Here they are arguing...

Looking mean

Looking stern

Looking sideways

Scratching an itch

Smiling!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

All Kinds of Critters

Something for everyone this Saturday.
Chipmunks...

Lots of bunnies.

They especially like clover and dandelions.

Big brown eyes

Bunny backview

Baby Bunny

Isn't that sweet?

Parvati was on patrol when a doe came by. 

The doe was interested...

Parvati beat a retreat...

Now take a good look at the gate where Parvati is sitting... 

On Sunday the 16th this bobcat ducked under the gate and marched up our front sidewalk!

We watched from the dining room window as the cat got spooked and left the front yard.

Bobbed tail = bobcat

I think this must be the male that we've seen in the backyard the past month. Scary as Parvati likes to hunt for mice on the front sidewalk.  Know that we are committed to supervising all her outdoor time so that she stays safe.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday's Finish

Design - "July" (Flip-it)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric -32 count Country French Cafe Mocha
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 16 July 2017
Completed - 17 July 2017

I really cracked this one out - in just two days.  I love the blue sailboat and the ripe, red strawberries. 

It's a good day to doze in the morning sunshine...or watch the birds.

I had several Hairy Woodpeckers all on the same tree.

First this one...

Then there were two...

And finally, if you look closely, there are three birds.
They were chattering and chasing one another around and around the tree.

The Flickers have been active.

A female and a male.

I think this is a young bird.

He has the plump, feathery look of a juvenile.

He was practicing hammering away on the deer fence post.

It was good to see my Acorn Woodpeckers again.
This is the female.

I fear that they did not have any success in raising young for a 2nd year in a row.  That is worrisome for the long term health of this small group.  

Here's the male.

I was delight to see and then find this male Pileated Woodpecker.

Look left...

...and then right.

My neighbor had three Pileated come by her feeders.
Color my green with envy!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Patriotic and Prolific

My mom has been working on this patriotic stitch for a couple of months.  Her goal is to finish it this month.

Parvati says there is so much to see in the birding world in July.

The female American Goldfinches finally seem serious about using the nesting material. 

Last month they plucked it out and dropped it on the ground, this month they are flying off carrying the cotton to construct a nest. 

Speaking of prolific...

The adult California Quail have their hands full this year.

There are oodles of babies.  

I've counted a group of 3 babies, 11 babies, and 14 babies...

This is my newest group - 11 tiny babies.

This is my mega-group - managed by two males and a female - there is something over 50, yes 50 young quail! 

Yes you!

The Evening Grosbeak fledglings continue to beg and be fed by adults.

A mother / daughter duo.

Her beak is almost too big for her face.

Though she is as big as her mom, she thinks she is still a baby.

Young birds are hard for beginning birders to ID.  Here is a photo of an adult Towhee and below it, a young Towhee.  They look nothing alike at this stage. 

California Scrub Jays do look like their parents.

The adult above, the fledgling below.

"Feed me!"

"I'm flapping my wings to get your attention - come feed me!"

Yummy!"