Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Finch Family

Design - "Goldfinch"
Chart - "Prairie Birds"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count Ocean Kiss Wichlet linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 11 August 2017
Completed - 13 August 2017 

I now have four tube feeders in the back yard to help accommodate the large mixed flocks of Pine Siskins, Lesser Goldfinches, and American Goldfinches.

I think this is a better than average year for Black-headed Grosbeaks.  I am seeing 6-8 birds at a time and hearing still others.

Last spring was a bust for Evening Grosbeaks. 

This year is better, and while I'd love to have still more birds, I'm grateful to have even a few.

I continue to hear them daily.

And they continue to come to the back yard feeders.

I am confident that there are two pairs, and maybe a third.

Now it is a waiting game.  Will any stay in the area and breed?

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wednesday's Walk

It's a nice mild day for a walk.



The Big Creek - rushing along.

Vine Maple

Cow's Parsley


Further research needed to ID this beauty.

New growth on a Douglas fir.

Wood Violet


Potential beaver construction on Dorothy's Creek.

Native Dogwood

And lastly, Iris tenax.
A nice walk I think! I hope you enjoyed strolling along. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A Welcome Visitor

Design - "Bird Songs!"
Designer - Sam Sarah Design Studio
Fabric - 32 count Ice Blue Belfast linen
Fibers - Crescent Colours - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 21 April 2016
Completed - 21 April 2016

Recently I had a somewhat rare visitor.

A White-breasted Nuthatch.

The bird allowed me to get a couple of good clicks.

They appear inquisitive.

Do you agree?

Monday, May 16, 2022

An Avian Gift

Design - "Little Birds Calendar" - "Eastern Bluebird"
Designer - The Little Stitcher
Fabric - 32 count Vintage Mocha linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 18 May 2018
Completed - 21 May 2018

Who flew in for a quick visit Thursday morning?

Closer look


Now can you tell?

It's one of my favorite spring / summer migrants.

A male Western Tanager. 

This little guy flew all the way from southern Mexico / Central America to find and defend a new territory and breed here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Isn't that amazing?

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sunday's Hummer

Only one Hummer to share today - I hope to do better next week. 

Female Anna's Hummingbird

She is lovely.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Saturday's Small Critters

Lots of chipmunks - they practically come running to greet me in the morning when I bring out the container of black oil sunflower seeds.

There are six Western Gray Squirrels in this photo.

I've counted as many as fourteen! Yikes!

Up high.

I hope you can see your way to enjoying the weekend.