Friday, July 29, 2016

Mourning Doves and Quail

I spent part of yesterday stitching away on Heartstrings Samplery's "Mourning Doves".  I spent most of the time working on the monster flower on the right.

While I do have four or five Mourning Doves, they are totally out-numbered by the California Quail.

This is the group with the oldest, and thus largest babies.

The single adult male is watching over something like 28-32 youngsters.

They are now close to 3/4 sized birds.

That made it easy for my to establish that this is a 'new' family with six tiny chicks.

There is a Mama and Papa bird looking over this brood.

Adorable, right?

This is pretty adorable too.

Bunnies to the left and quail to the right!

Where should we go next?

I'm on my way!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Waving and Flying

Design - "Long May She Wave" (kit)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - Relic Picture This Plus Cashel linen
Fibers - WDW & GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 29 June 2012
Completed - 2 July 2012

AS I did not have anything new to show today, I went back to the archives to feature this Lizzie Kate kit.

Flags are waving and birds are flying. 

This past week, the Violet-green Swallows have spot most mornings encouraging their young to leave the nest. 

Lots and lots of fly-bys.

There are still two active nests and the parents continue to feed the bablies.

Here's an adult.

I don't understand why anyone perched here as this was the Tree Swallow's house and no one else has used it.

Here's one of the reluctant babies.

"You can fly, you can fly, you can fly!"

I have a couple of Barn Swallows that swoop around the backyard most days.

I've not posted many pictures, because the birds rarely sit or perch.

Over the weekend a group of Purple Martins started to hang out.
It's a thrill for me to see them, as they like to live and nest near water, I do not have them in the area most years.
There are at least 7 birds - the two on the right are Flickers.

I figure it is a family group.

The bird on on the left is an adult male.

Here's a youngster.

I think this is an adult female.

They are insectivores - the bird on the left has a juicy snack.

The fledglings are still begging...

...with wide open mouths.

The adult male is on the top right.

A youngster.

Adult male.

Youngster - I think there are at least four fledglings.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Warm Wednesday Walk

It's supposed to reach the upper 80's today, so I thought we should walk in the cool of the morning.  

Someone has decided the hazelnuts are ripe and ready to eat.

Berries of the False Solomon's Seal 


Oak Galls

Red Current berries



Red Osier Dogwood fruit

I wonder if the Cedar Waxwings will flock in to eat this when it ripe.

Tri-colored fruit

More Red Osier Dogwood fruit


Cascara berries

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Four Eagles and Some Woodpeckers

Design - "America"
Designer - The Stitching Parlor
Fabric - 28 count Lambswool Jobelan
Fibers - Crescent Colors - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 19 July 2016
Completed - 25 July 2016

Here are my four eagles - they happen to be patriotic ones! This design is very different from anything else that I've stitched this July. 

While I haven't seen any eagles, I have seen several woodpeckers. 

I have confirmed sightings of a male Downy Woodpecker...

...and a female Downy Woodpecker!

While these are one of the most common residential woodpeckers, I've not had any around for a couple of years. 

This small suet feeder on the front porch has become a Downy Woodpecker magnet.  It proves that changing feeders and feeder locations allows one to get a larger variety of birds.

I am once again seeing a female Hairy Woodpecker.

This is a juvenile male Hairy Woodpecker.

And here's the female once again.

I caught a REd-breasted Sapsucker beginning its morning with a good preening session. 

The light was not that great...

...but I did finally manage a couple of shots which show off the head and breast.

It has quiet the black and white feather pattern as well.

Here's the female Acorn Woodpecker. 

I don't often see her this time of year.

Size comparison: Downy Woodpecker on the upper left, Flicker on the bottom right. 

This is a young male Flicker with a very faint red mustache.

That's all my woodpeckers for this week!