Saturday, April 28, 2012

Critter Count and Avian Accounting

In the midst of all this 'Arkness' Ewe & Eye & Friend's "Brown Bunny" demanded that I start stitching.  So I did!  Should I mention that I have to frog out the heart and the flower?  Guess I did and I do.

Speaking of Arks, Parvati and Padma thought this might be a good time to enumerate some of our Critters and Birds.

I've seen as many as 20 Violet Green Swallows.

And a pair of Barn Swallows.

The Barn Swallows are determined to rebuild on the Back Porch post they've used for the last two years.

The California Quail have 'paired up'.  We have at least 4 happy couples. 

Friday I counted 5, yes 5 chipmunks scampering about the big wood pile.

On the Gold Finch front - 8 guys...

Last year we did not have many Evening Grosbeaks. 
This year I've counted 7 guys and 6 gals so that's hopeful.  Our first Black Headed Grosbeak has shown up too.  Last year we several pairs of Black Headed Grosbeaks.

I've seen has many as 3 turtles sunning on this log in the Quarry Pond.

"Vigilance Everyone" (With thanks to Harry Potter!)


Rebecca said...

Looks like you have a good start on the animals for your own ark. The pictures are wonderful, you are such a good photographer.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

The birds you show have such lovely colours. The turtles made me smile, not a sight you would see over here.

Vickie said...

Aarrgh! Sorry you need to frog it. :)

Paula Nunes Lima said...

There is always a ray of sunshine around here!

dulcinella said...

Too bad you have to frog:-( I always love your updates, so much to see!

Maggee said...

When I came home today, the first thing I saw was a bright bright red cardinal flitting in my side yard! Then I checked the thistle feeder and there was the same (?)cardinal under it and two house finches eating away. Needs to be refilled! LOVE your photos! Especially the goldfinches and turtles!! Hugs!