Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hummers

While we did manage to escape truly cold weather, on Thursday we had freezing rain for most of the day.

Not great weather for the Anna's Hummingbirds, so I was glad to see a couple of them out and about.

I only managed photos of the female, but there was also a male.

I watched a special on hummers on PBS this week, and an amazing number of species live very high in the Andean Mountain foothills where the oxygen is thin and the nights are very cold.

They are such tough little birds!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Wrap Up

Design - "Silent Night"
Designer - Amy Bruecken Designs
Fabric - 25 count Rustic linen
Fibers - GAST, WDW, and DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 5 December 2011
Completed - 6 December 2011

Still no new stitching to share - sorry!


The Ravens are still in the area.  I see them a couple of times a week.

The House Finches are my 'main' feeder birds at present.

As there are no Cardinals in Oregon, I have to make do with the male House Finches for my spot of red in the winter.

Here's another regular - a Rufous Towhee.

I counted 6 of these birds the other day.

Can you tell it was a cold morning?

Not to forget Steller's Jays!  I have anywhere between 4-9 of these characters at a time.  They are very amusing to watch and to listen. They are great mimics and have a wide range of calls and sounds that they make.   

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Winter Weather Advisory

Design - "Merry Winter"
Designer - Homespun Elegance
Fabric - 28 count Amber linen
Fibers - Belle Soie Silks - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 15 December 2016
Completed - 19 December 2016

I am readying this post Wednesday night with a forecast of snow / freezing rain for Thursday morning so I thought revisiting "Merry Winter" might be just the thing.  Hoping for snow as freezing rain causes so much damage to the natural world and is so dangerous for those who must travel.

No matter the weather, I'll be out at first light and make sure that my feathered friends have food and water.

I had a large group (18) of House Finches on Wednesday.

Oregon Junco

Song Sparrow

My current 'favorite' Sparrow - a White-throated Sparrow.

It's pretty easy to see why he got his name...  

...and the two small patches of yellow also help to distinguish him from a White-crowned Sparrow.

So far just one bird, but one is enough to please me!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday Walk - Snow Delay

We had some snow flurries - I'm a wimp, so no walk.

The snow made for a busy morning at the feeders.

I had several House Finches.

The Black-capped Chickadees were busy too.

I counted four Fox Sparrows - the most I've ever seen.

And yes, the quail were out and about too.

That kind of weather makes the Christmas decorations seem very seasonal.  As you can see, Padma is thrilled to have a tree up in the living room. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Here's a Finish

Design - "In All Things Give Thanks"
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 28 count natural brown linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 19 November 2016
Completed -5 December 2016

I changed the color of the pumpkin from copper to pumpkin!  And through an error I reversed the two greens in the checkerboard.  Nonetheless I'm very please with this stitch.  I found the sentiment to be a therapeutic reminder post-election of all that I still have to be thankful for - including all the loyal readers of this blog!

I'm also thanks for my large covey of quail.  I sure enjoy watching this group of birds.

Each morning they fly in and gather in the backyard.

Some mornings a small group perches atop the deer fence. 

A trio of 'percherons'! 

They get pretty puffy in cold weather.

Tuesday night / Wednesday morning our low is to be around 20-25. I'll share some frosty photos if the weather event happens.

Monday, December 5, 2016

December Plans

It's the 5th of the month and I haven't yet begun a December themed stitch.  I did pull out a few charts - Santas and reindeer - possibilities.

We've had colder and wetter weather the past couple of days. The woodpeckers have responding by coming to the feeders more frequently.

My best customers are the female Hairy Woodpecker...

...and the male Hairy Woodpecker.

Sunday afternoon I was really pleased to see my Acorn Woodpecker pair out and about.

I only see the female about once a week or so.

Both birds were working away on this Douglas fir tree.

The male also comes and eats from the feeder.  I think he takes most of the food to cache in their granary tree.

Here's a female Flicker.

And a young male Flicker.

I do not know why they are called red-shafted - it should be orange-shafted don't you think?