Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wind and Rain and Rainbows

Friday was a very blustery wet day.
Not a very good day for bird watching because of the weather... 

...and because of this guy!

My Steller's Jays spent a great deal of the morning mobbing this Sharp-shinned Hawk - attempting to run him off. The hawk is about the same size as the jays, but they respect his sharp beak and talons.

They jays would manage to drive him off a tree and on to another.  
They jays would then fly off in pursuit.

They were not particularly scared of the hawk, more just annoyed by his presence.

I counted a totally of 15 jays working together to rid the area of the hawk.

I think the hawk finally left only when he had grown tired of being constantly disturbed.

Here was my reward for a stormy day.
A rainbow!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Framed Finish

Design - "Love Your Hearts"
Designer - DMC
Fabric - 32 count white linen
Fibers - DMC Color Variations - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 29 April 2009
Completed - May 2009

Framed - October 2014

Isn't this fun?  I didn't have anything framed that was appropriate to have up during the month of February. I am really pleased with how bright and cheerful "Love Your Hearts" turned out to be. 

Our recent cold temperatures were nonetheless very sunny. 

The cats felt the warmth of the sun trumped whatever the thermometer might have read. 

And it was worth being outside...

...even if they had to tuck their nose in against the cold!

I'm not sure that there is another bird I enjoy watching more than my group of Acorn Woodpeckers.

I've decided that this bird on the lower left is a juvenile female.  She's shown up in the last three weeks or so.  She is so short and plump and has the teenaged bed-head thing going on.  I just have to believe she's a youngster. 

See how her body type and hairstyle differs from the mature female at the right of this feeder shot?

Two birds at the feeder is no longer any big deal.

I don't yell for others to come look unless there are at least three birds. 

That certainly is a wicked looking beak isn't it?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Short and Sweet

Life is taking me so many different directions lately that I've not had much time to devote to either stitching or bird watching.  
I did spend a bit of time working on Barrick Sampler's "Log Cabin Cat". As this is on 40 count linen it does not make for a very good 'travelling' stitch - I need to be at home, sitting still, and working on good strong light.

ON the birding front it seems that my daylight hours are spent away from home which precludes new photos.  I am pleased that the small flock of Pine Siskins continue to come to the feeders.

This weekend when I have more time to observe I'll be able to check the status of the Goldfinches. My hunch is that they have left the area.  At dusk the other evening in a very small Big Leaf Maple tree I watched not one, but two male Downy Woodpeckers as they talked and worked away.  I had long suspected that I had more than one Downy, but this was the first visual confirmation! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An Owl and Woodpeckers

Design - "Barn Owl"
Chart - "Fall Fields"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 28 count Lambswool linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 17 November 2014
Completed - 18 November 2014 

I know, not a turkey, but I thought this Barn Owl was pretty irresistible! 

A couple of Flickers came by Saturday morning.

A handsome male took possession of this suet feeder.

He was not the sharing sort.

So this young female Flicker waited patiently...

...before deciding she could make good use of my second suet feeder.

Like all woodpeckers, Flickers use their strong stiff tail feathers as a prop.

She's a rather sweet bird I think!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Turkey Tuesday

Design - "Turkey"
Chart - "Fall Fields"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
FAbric - 28 count Lambswool linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 16 November 2014
Completed - 17 November 2014

Finally I have a turkey stitch to share.  I think he is a rather handsome bird.

I tend to focus on the Acorn Woodpeckers as my main patrons at the front feeders, but other birds also belly up to the bar.

Scrub Jay

Scrub Jay

Morning Dove, Steller's Jay, California Quail, and Song Sparrow



Mourning Dove

Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside

Design - "Stacked Halloween"
Designer - Hinzeit
Fabric - 28 count Beige Jobelan
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 3 November 2014
Completed - 13 November 2014

I know, it's half way through November and I haven't posted a turkey stitch yet.  I'm working on one - I promise!  In the meantime, how cute is that owl? 

Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny, but cold.  Very cold.

It was about 21F when I went out to put up the Hummingbird feeders.
The hummers started drinking almost instantly. 

We had a heavy, sparkling frost coating all the plant material.


Nonetheless I was greeted by a chipmunk. All the others appeared to be hibernating - I don't know why this one isn't.  He's certainly fat and healthy enough to survive a long sleep.

There was lots of bird activity.

Song Sparrow

Pine Siskin

Golden-crowned Sparrow 

Scrub Jay

Steller's Jay

Mourning Dove

California Quail

I have a small group of seven birds.

Lesser Goldfinch

House Finch

Pine Siskins and House Finch

Acorn Woodpeckers

I signed up to submit data for Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "Project Feeder Watch".  The program runs from November 8th, 2014 through April 3rd, 2015.
I'll be able to submit my bird sightings from Sunday which include:
Steller's Jays, Scrub Jays, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Towhees, Mourning Doves, Juncos, Acorn Woodpeckers, Anna's Hummingbirds, Song Sparrows, California Quail, Pine Siskins, House Finches, Lesser Goldfinches, Chickadees, Flickers, and Starlings,  

I think that Parvati is the Queen of Creature Comfort!
She climbed up on top of my blanket covered sedums and made a cozy nest in the winter sunshine.