Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Finish

Design - "Blue Owl" (freebie)
Designer - The Stitching Shed
Fabric - 32 count white linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 15 October 2013
Completed - 15 October 2013

I found this little freebie on Facebook and decided to stitch it up.  The chart does not list floss choices, so I decided to match the colors of the chart as best I was able.  Thursday was a lovely October day and I stitched outside for about 90 minutes and enjoyed the warmth with my sun-worshiping cats.

In mid-October the sunlight hits the tops of the big Douglas Fir trees a good 45 minutes before it reaches ground level near the house.  These House Finches know a good think and were enjoying the morning sun high a top a mature Douglas Fir tree.

Closer to the ground the Anna's Hummingbird began the day early.  Hummingbirds go into a mild torpor at night which lowers their body temperature.  They need lots of high energy food first thing in the morning to recharge or they risk fatal consequences.    

After being absent for most of the summer, the Acorn Woodpeckers are are the peanut feeder each morning and evening. 

They are pretty dexterous extracting the peanuts from the feeder one by one. 

The Downy Woodpeckers are becoming regulars too.
I think this photos shows how well named the bird is.  Look at all the fluffy, downy white feathers on the belly. 

This little woodpecker uses its tail feathers to counter balance in much the same fashion that the much larger Flickers do.

9 comments:

Melissa said...

Cute Friday finish! Enjoy your weekend!

Oh, BTW, Beth, I just started reading a book called The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. I thought you might be interested in it.

Małgorzata Zoltek said...

Piękna sówka w wesołych kolorach. U mnie w Irlandii pogoda straszna:ciemno od rana,wichura i ulewa przez cały dzień i noc.

cucki said...

So sweet ❤️❤️

Margaret said...

Such a cute finish! I love the bird pics too. You're so lucky to have a variety of woodpeckers and hummingbirds and everything!

Lee said...

Really enjoy your bird photos. how great having so many visit your garden

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I love that flash of red on the woodpecker's head. Hummingbirds don't have it easy, do they.

Barb said...

What a cute little owl! You could be known as the bird whisperer! Wonderful photos!

Pam in IL said...

That's one super cute owl! I would love to say I was outside stitching in the sun today, but it has been cold, windy and gloomy. I much prefer sunny, warm days!

I recently saw a newspaper article about Rufus Hummingbirds visiting my part of the state from November thru January. I told hubby that he had to rig up something to keep my hummingbird feeder from freezing!

Meari said...

Cute finish!