Friday, February 8, 2013

A Valentine From the Cats of Clos du Bois

Design - "Be Mine"
Chart - "Little Cuties"
Designer - Val's Stuff
Fabric - 30 count WDW Guacamole
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 5 February 2013
Completed - 6 February 2013

The Cats of Clos du Bois weighed in recently and this is the Valentine stitch they chose.  I do admire their flair for color - as avocado green, deep purple, and lilac are unusual Valentine colors.  

Thursday there was very little activity at my bird feeders.  I'm not sure why - perhaps the hawks were hanging about most of the day.  I got rather discouraged, as every time I passed by there was no on around.

About 3:30pm my Varied Thrush showed up at the suet feeder.

According to the website All About Birds, the Varied Thrush resides in the conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest.  In the summer it eats insects, in the winter it switches to berries and seeds.

The coloring and markings are similar to that of the Meadowlark, but much brighter.  I had a Varied Thrush show up last year - but not at the feeder.  It hung out in the front yard with the Robins.  I later found out that the only time Varied Thrushes flock with other species is when they occasionally forage for earthworms on lawns with American Robins.  

The female is a brown-gray, while the male is black and bright orange.  So I'm thinking this is a female.  She certainly made my day!


Mii Stitch said...

Sweet little Valentine stitching :)

Vickie said...

Oh my goodness! "Little Cuties" is right! So adorable.

Giovanna said...

That's a really cute Valentine finish, congrats!
I'm getting to see so many new birds from your posts :-)

Carol said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your kitties, too, Beth--that is such a cute finish :) And another new-to-me bird, too!!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

She's a very bonnie bird Beth, I can't remember seeing one on your blog before.

cucki said...

sweet stitching and lovely birds x

Maggee said...

Cute little finish for the kitties! And the picture of the Thrush are fab, as always!Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

carol fun said...

I love this little valentine - so cute and the colors make me happy!

Barb said...

The bird and the Valentine project are both delightful.The coloring of the bird is so pretty and subtle.

Chris said...

What a pretty thrush.
I love the cats all passed out on the patio :)