Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Hummers

I counted four hummingbirds on Friday morning. 

Here's one of the younger birds.

All my other photos are of my mature male Anna's.
So I'll share most of them without commenting. 

The original Angry Bird!

Anger management issues!

Thanks for posing.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Good Morning!

Good morning!

So glad you dropped by...

All of you!


...and older.

Don't step on a quail now!

I do think the backyard is big enough for all of you.

After you eat...

...I recommend a morning nap!

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Halloween Stitch From the Past

Design - "Hiss"
Chart - "Eek Boo Hiss"
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 30 count Chestnut linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 28 October 2011 
Completed - 31 October 2011

I'm not managing to stitch much this month, so here is yet another trip back in time to the Cross Stitch Archives.  I do like this scrawny black cat and his purple house.

Another gray morning.

The Steller's Jays were out in force.

I'm hearing and seeing Black-capped Chickadees.  On Wednesday I caught a glimpse of Townsend's Warbler hanging out with the chickadees.  Of course, I did not have my camera!

If there are two Oregon Juncos, then there is probably a scuffle!

The House Finches though flock to the feeders in harmony.
This is a female.

Here's a male.

And here they are hanging out with American Goldfinches. 

I've said it before, I'll say it again - Everyone eats blackberries.
These two quail were munching on the leaves. 

I counted over 60 quail in the backyard this morning!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Building a Bird

I finished stitching the Swainson's Thrush last night.  Still have another leaf, some berries, the name and a border to stitch. So it will probably be a couple of weeks yet before this is finished.

With all our many gray, rainy days, it is cheering to see a bright bold flash of blue.

The Steller's Jays have such handsome markings.

Four or five hang out at the feeders most days.

This pair of large glossy black Ravens drops by a couple of times a week.

The Fox Sparrow is a Daily Bird.

The California Quail continue to delight.

They make a great case for having some 'wild' areas as they lurk at the edge of a dense thicket of brambles and brush.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October Wednesday Walk

Finally, a break from the rains!  We had over 5" from Thursday through Monday morning, and more still Monday and Tuesday.  I think we'll need wellies to explore.

A stunning rosehip.

The rains have been perfect incubators for mushrooms.

The moles appreciate the rain too - digging is SO much easier!

The Big Leaf Maple are starting to turn.

Look at all the rosehips!

I'm thinking they'll be part of my winter / Christmas bouquets.

Methuselah's lichen.

A glade of Oregon White Oaks. They, along with Douglas fir, are some our state's iconic trees.

The willows are still nice and green.


Most of the blackberries have rotted, but there are some that are still edible to the delight of the birds and deer. 

Pretty blackberry leaves. 

Honeysuckle berries.

Native Dougwood.

Hazel brush.

I don't know what this light colored tree / shrub is, but it certainly is making a lovely contrast in the forest.

There is beauty everywhere, even in the mundane.