Friday, January 20, 2017

A Day for Contemplation

Design - "January" (Flip It)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 28 count French Cafe Mocha linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 8 January 2012
Completed - 11 January 2012

It's not an eagle, but rather a Turkey Vulture flying high and free.
I am making today my own by rededicating myself and my energies toward things I believe in: The rights and dignity of ALL Americans. The protection of our shared federal and state lands and all the flora and fauna that live on them.     

My own little bit of America would be so much less without the presence of the wilderness a few steps away.

The smallest of birds and creatures are worthy of our stewardship and protection.

How will you spend today?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Small Things

Here's the smallest of starts...from clear back in December. It's a reindeer a and a cardinal.  I'm hoping that posing it will 'encourage' me to start stitching again. 

It's hard to stay glum watching this Junco.  

The bird was waiting for the woodpeckers to leave the feeders.

I told him there was nothing I could do and to be patient.

I'm not sure that he believed me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Weary Wednesday Walk

Tuesday night the temperatures finally warmed up and the rain returned.

The good news is that almost all the snow is gone as well.

The patches that remain are the snow that fell from the roof of the house and shop.

And now that the snow is gone, I noticed this long snaky tunnel in the grass.
Whose work is this do you think? 

It's nice to see the backyard again.
I confess to being weary of winter weather.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Weather Weary

Design - "Snowman Two" - Be Jolly
Chart - Snowman Trilogy
Designer - Val's Stitchin Stuff
Fabric - 28 count Flax linen
Fibers - Crescent Colors and Wildflowers
Started - 17 January 2011
Completed - 22 January 2011

We may start Tuesday with a period of freezing rain...please no! 

Here's the female Hairy Woodpecker.

I'd not seen my Hairy Woodpeckers for a couple of days, so it was good to have both she and the male in the backyard Monday afternoon. 

But right now I think the Red-breasted Sapsucker is the star of the show.

It's tough to top that bright red head.

The bird was working up high in the tree, and allowed me to come right to the base to have a good look.

Normally Sapsuckers are all about small little wells or holes...

...but this one was checking out something much larger.

Did the Sapsucker excavate it or was it someone else's work?

I don't think the bird is willing to say.

I'm just glad he was willing to pose for this series of photos.

Thanks!

The Acorn Woodpeckers are back at the front feeders.
Here's the male...

...and here's the female.


These photos are taken through the dining room window which has gel stickers in an attempt to stop window strikes, so the photos are not as clear as they might otherwise be. 

Here's one of the couple of female Flickers that I see.

She looks as though she is having a good day.  I hope you are too.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Snow Snow Go Away!

Design - "Snowman Scissor Companion"
Designer - Ewe & Eye & Friends
Fabric - 32 count Dirty Belfast linen
Fibers - Anchor - one strand over two threads
Started - 15 January 2011
Completed - 16 January 2011

Sorry - I continue to share past stitches because that's all I have at the moment. 

On the birding side though, I had a bird show up at the feeders that I've not seen for several months.

I've been hearing a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the forest, so I was thrilled to have one come to the front feeders to eat a peanut or two. 

While I have a nice group of House Finches, I am distressed at the number of birds who are suffering from Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis). Notice the red, swollenrunny, or crusty eyes. In extreme cases the eyes become swollen shut and the bird becomes blind.

When the birds gather at the feeders, they naturally spread the disease to one another.  I try to clean the feeders regularly, but other than that, there is nothing I can do.

On a brighter note, Song Sparrows and most other small birds are immune to the disease.


And while the snow is off the trees and brush...

...there's still snow and ice on the ground.

Today the weather is to warm up to well above freezing.

The quail and I have both been chanting, "Snow snow go away!"

Many of you know Maggee from her Stitching Devotee blog.  She has also become a birder and shows off a truly lovely bird in her latest Birding Devotee post - take a look!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hummer Census

While this collage does not reflect it, I am pretty certain that I have four birds. Two males and two females.  
I have so admired their fortitude during our prolonged subfreezing weather.
I think everyone made it through safely.