Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday's Hummers

This bat-face cuphea (cuphea llavea) is the big hit this year.

The hummers are working this plant morning, noon, and evening.

Here's a male Anna's.

The light flashed off his head feathers.

Then he turned and they were dull...

...and then they flashed again.

The young Rufous hummers pretty much ignore me.

I open the house doors in the morning to cool off the house and circulate some fresh air. 

On Wednesday morning, I found a Rufous trapped in the mudroom trying to escape through a window.  I put my hands around him and opened them when I was outside.  He sat for a second and then flew off.

I've got at least five of these birds - maybe more.

I need someone to take a census at the front of the house...

...while I simultaneously count the backyard hummers.

This photo is exciting because there are two - yes two male Anna's at the feeders.

Wahoo!

A rare occurrence - two birds sharing a feeder.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saturday's Critters

A bit more critter action than some weeks. 

We start off with the usual - chipmunks.

Hot weather means everyone is thirsty.

And hungry.

A family gathering on the woodpile.

Close ups - a drink..

A side glance.

A snack.

Bunny eating weeds in a trug.

Easy pickings he says.

Good camouflage - the bunny is almost the same color as the dried grasses. 

That broad bunny nose!

I do not usually see raccoons, so I was surprised to see a mama with 3 or 4 babies. Can you see the little one following her to the right?

Everyone was in a big hurry so I did not get any good photos.

One of the does with twins comes by most mornings...

...but the other morning, we had both does and all four fawns! 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday's Finish

Design - "Calendar of Birds" - "Yellow Wagtail"
Designer - The Little Stitcher
Fabric - 32 count Vintage Mocha linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 12 August 2018
Completed - 14 August 2018

Jrrobinantony via Wiki Commons
The Yellow Wagtail is a European and African bird - and one I've never seen, so I decided to share this photo from Wiki Commons. It's quite handsome.

I have no wagtails to share, but I do have woodpeckers.

Here's my male Hairy Woodpecker...

I see him most days. 

Here's a female Hairy - she is very infrequent mid-summer.

My Acorn Woodpeckers have been scarce too.
See the two birds?

I sometimes have a male come to the backyard feeders.

But earlier this week I had three - three males fly in at the same time.
One was clearly a juvenile - I'm hoping for photos.

Come on guys - I want a family portrait! 

The Flickers remain reliable - like this male.

And here's a female.

I've had up to three at the feeders.

Blurry very long distance photos of a male Pileated Woodpecker.

I could hear the bird calling and calling and calling.

I finally found it off in the distance atop a Cottonwood.
That wraps up the woodpeckers for this week.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Back to Birds

I've been waiting almost a year for Wichelt's Ocean Kiss linen to stitch the four remaining birds on this chart.  I found a small piece in my stash and I think I have enough to stitch two. I've picked the Sparrow and Wren.

The Sparrow and Wren are day-to-day regulars in many backyards.
Here are some of my regulars.

A handsome male House Finch.

A male American Goldfinch.

AS you can see, most of my males look tatty as they are beginning to molt.

A charm of goldfinches now mostly has their fall/winter colors.

Speaking of molting...no one tops the jays.
This Scrub Jay's head is almost featherless... 

...as is his friend the Steller's Jay.  
They look like baby vultures!