Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Walk Around the House


Lots of signs of spring with a warm El Nino.
The Witch Hazel is blooming much to the delight of the hummingbirds.

The Oriental Poppies have most of their spring foliage.

This low growing spreading Iris is sending up shoots.

I almost waited too long to photograph the Iris Reticulata!
They have peaked already. 

The deer munched on one of our clumps of Snowdrops.
Bad deer! 

Look at the day-glow shoots of a Bleeding Heart!   

The stars of February are the Hellebores.

We have several plants - and several different colors.

My sister took advantage of the weekend and worked like a trooper cleaning up the Mudroom Flowerbed. This will make a great 'before' photo to share again in June when the flowerbed is wall-to-wall foliage.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Gearing Up

Design - "Snow Bird"
Chart - "Tiny Tidings XIX"
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 28 count Amber linen
Fibers - WDW & GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 2 February 2016
Completed - 5 February 2016
I am trying to hone my ID skills a bit before the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend.  

Sparrows can be tricky.  I have around a dozen Golden-crowned Sparrows.

And at first glance, this might look like another one.
Instead it is a White-throated Sparrow.

It's coloring is a bit different - more brown and white, with dark brown bands on the top of its head.

The Chickadees are easier to tell apart.


Here's a Black-capped Chickadee.

And here's the smaller Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

Lots of chocolate brown feathers make it easy to ID. 

Juncos coloring tells whether it is a male or female.

Female Oregon Junco.

And the darker colored male Oregon Junco.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Count Your Stitches Count Your Birds

I've started stitching a small Heart in Hand Valentine piece. I might be able to finish it up today.  

As many of you long-time Followers know, I not only count my stitches, but I also count my birds.  This Friday through Monday is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count.  I encourage everyone to click the link and check it out. It is a Citizens' Science project where birders of all skill levels submit their data - basically the birds that they see in a 15 minute (or more) period of time in their yards.  If you are an apartment dweller, you could submit data from a walk in your local park.  I think it is good fun and I enjoy taking part each year.

Here are some of the birds that you might see:   

American Robins


Female House Finch and Oregon Junco 

Male House Finch

Bickering House Finches

Now they are done arguing!

Spotted Towhee

Male California Quail

Female California Quail

California Quail Group




Sunday, February 7, 2016

Weekend Critters

I think I need to move this feeder.  The lid just rests on it, so the gray squirrels tip it up and dive in!

This morning I counted four chipmunks. 

One

Two

Two again

Three

and four.

And I've lost track of the number!

Only one bunny out and about.

A long bunny!

Watch out for hawks bunny!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It's Trail Camera Time!

 As might be expected, January was a quiet month. 

Dim light and short days made for few photos.

The deer were out and about.

As were the squirrels.

And we did get a couple of photos of a Bob-cat.

Nothing during daylight hours this month.


We purchased a second camera and set it up in the backyard to test it out.

As expected, we got lots and lots of deer photos.

Just under 1000 photographs.

Padma also strolled by.

The deer were watching something interesting here.

Maybe a cat.  Do you see the photo-bombing Junco flying by?

Five deer here.

Parvati also made an appearance!