Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Wednesday Bird Walk

Last Wednesday my mom and I went out to Mt. Pisgah to take part in a bird walk along the base of Mt Pisgah. 

Right off we saw a Brown-headed Cowbird...

...and a House Wren in the oaks.

An active paper wasp nest.

Douglas Spiraea

An Osprey called loudly and posed nicely for us. 

A small channel of water was filled with aquatic plants. 

Many common birds including this Flicker.

Spent seeds

There were lots and lots of Cedar Waxwings. While many of the birds were hunting insects along the river, this individual was along the edge of a field.

A bird behind!  Not sure who this is.

There were Bullock's Oriels in the Cottonwoods. 

We watched a coyote, who watched us.

A young Red-tailed Hawk.

Dried grasses, a sign that August is not far away.


A young Hairy Woodpecker


A meadow flower of some sort.

Elderberry in bloom.

We had fun watching a couple of Kestrels. An aggressive hummingbird buzzed the much larger Kestrels trying to drive them off.

Bull Thistle.
With the thistle and teasle, I am surprised that we did not see American Goldfinches.

Mule's Ear in bloom. 

Oregon Grape - ripe and ready - the Cedar Waxwings will gobble this up.

Yes, you!

Young Douglas Fir cones.

Ocean Spray

A young buck in the meadow.

A final bird, a Western Wood Pewee, as we returned to our cars.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Red White, and Blue Birdhouse and Yellow Birds

Design - "Stars and Stripes Stoop"
Chart - "Birdhouse Collection"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - R & R 18th Cenutry Stone linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 18 July 2017
Completed - 19 July 2017

I changed the colors to from ecru to white, 310 (black) to 791 (blue), and used 817 (red) as charted. Do you think someone might like to live in a red, white, and blue bird house?

Parvati was not born in a bird house, rather she was born in a box in my cloths closet.  Her mother, Cleo, insisted that she was going to deliver her kittens there, and so she did.

Cleo and I have seen some 'rarely seen' summer birds this past week.

A young Yellow-breasted Chat came by for a visit.

Puffy and feathery with indistinct markings -all clues this is a young bird.

I had trouble IDing him, but the shape and size of the bill was one of the ways I settled on Chat.

Someone told me they prefer birding in the winter as there are no leaves obscuring the birds! 

But since most of these guys are summer birds, I'll put up with a few leaves.

Here a Wilson's Warbler peeks out from a Douglas Fir bough.

Deep in the shade I found a reclusive Macgillivray's Warbler.

I have been fortunate to have a male Western Tanager stop by on several occasions - sometimes even coming to the feeders.

Sometimes lurking in the thicket. 

I wish he'd chosen to perch at the top of this wire cage instead of sitting in the middle of it.  

On the other hand, I got a really good look at him.

Beggars cannot be choosers...

...and I'll take any look I can of this beautiful bird.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cross Stitch Road Trip

I try to get up to visit Friendship Crossing in Corvallis, OR a couple of times a year. 

My mom and I drove up on a Saturday.

Ann has such inviting displays...

Charts arranged by designer in wicker baskets.

It's July so patriotic designs were front and center. 

I enjoy looking at the framed pieces.

Most times one or two 'grab' me and I get the chart. 

It was Crazy Days in Corvallis, and I went a bit crazy scooping up sales charts and kits.  

I also bought enough new charts to keep me busy for the foreseeable future!