Thursday, June 23, 2011

Birds of a Feather

Oh so close! 
I ran out of steam last night before completing the "Y".  Still, "Bluebird Alphabet" is almost, almost, almost done! 

Let's continue with our avian theme... 

This is such a busy time of year for birds.  Look at the dozens of holes the Sapsucker has drilled in this Big Leafed Maple.

The Barn Swallow couple have been busier still.  They returned to occupy the nest they constructed last year.  They then took out a small Home Equity Loan.  They built up the sides of the nest, and decorated the interior with wall-to-wall Band-Tailed Pigeon downy feathers. The remodel seemed to go well - I'm sure it is very comfy.

On Monday I noticed that they had a brood to feed - two bright yellow beaks - there maybe more.

Also on Monday my father spied a Quail Couple with several marshmallow-sized babies.  No pictures yet of the babies.

Our Flickers are regular visitors at the birdbaths. 

And the Downy Woodpeckers seem to enjoy frequenting the Suet Feeder now that they've figured out how to use it.

For sheer entertainment though, nothing beats a Hummingbird.

Wednesday morning this Hummingbird was busy in my Fuchsias and jealously guarding his territory from all other Hummers.

Such busy, feisty, noisy, charming little bits of feather!


Valerie said...

Almost there!

I love the birdie pics...thanks for sharing!

Gabi said...

Almost finished. Bluebird looks now already fantastic.
Love the bird pictures. Especially the one with the baby's. SO cute.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Oh, how lucky are you to have humming birds visit? They are such amazing creatures. We don't get them here in the UK but I've seen them looking like little bumble bees in N Carolina. Irene xxx

Linda said...

You have such great bird pictures...I have such a hard time getting them to pose for me...but I try!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I've never heard of "flickers" - is that the actual name? They have lovely markings on their feathers.

carol fun said...

The end is in sight - this is a very pretty piece. Love your bird pics - hummingbirds are such fun to watch. Take care!

Siobhan said...

You're nearly there! I'll get my happy dance shoes on for you. ;)

Great bird photos!

Beth said...

Can't wait to see the grand finale!! As always, your pix are fantastic.

Deb said...

You're almost finished - just a little bit more!

Very nice bird pictures.

Michele said...

Love the hummingbird and fuschia pictures!

Melanie said...

I love hummingbirds! So small but so much personality. They are constantly fighting with one another for access to our feeders. Bzzzz. Bzzz. It's like a light saber duel when two of them really go at it. lol