Thursday, October 31, 2013

Last British Stitch Done

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the many comments and compliments on "The Rabbit Alphabet" post of a couple of days ago.
A couple of folks asked what I floss I used.
I stitched the sampler using three skeins of Crescent Colours - "Betty Bluebell". 

I used my WIP Wednesday to finish up a little stitch I began while in England this summer.

Design - "Bee Busy Bee Happy"
Chart - "Summer Trio"
Designer - Homespun Elegance
Fabric - 28 count Dirty Cashel linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 13 August 2013 (London, England) 
Completed - 30 October 2013 (Eugene, Oregon)

I changed the font of "Bee Happy - Bee Busy" and added a couple of small bees to the design.

Autumn seems to be a busy time for the woodpeckers.
I think I saw and heard a Pileated yesterday, but he didn't stick around.

I have had LOTS of Flickers at the feeders.
This is a female...

...and here's a male.  
They are pretty tough and will run off the Starlings which is fine with me.

While Flickers appear graceful in flight, they aren't very graceful on the ground. (Here's one with a Steller's Jay).

Look how wide-spread his stance is.
That's a bit odd as Flickers are also ground-feeders.  They regularly work the back and front yards searching for insects.  

See the big tall dead tree?
That's my Acorn Woodpeckers' Granary Tree.
What's a granary tree?  I'll explain in a bit.

The Acorn Woodpeckers are a very compatible couple.
I see them together regularly.

Here's the female...

...and here's the male.

And here's a close up of their Granary Tree.
If you enlarge the photo you can see that they have drilled hole after hole, and stashed dozens of acorns in the tree.  As the acorns dry out they get smaller and become loose.  The birds will move the acorns into smaller tighter holes.  They work and work and work on their tree talking to one another constantly.  They are not particularly melodic birds - they remind me of parrots.  I do admire their commitment to creating a store to help tide them over.  I think the Starlings and Jays pester them trying to get at their stash, but they appear to stand their ground.


Vickie said...

Oh my goodness, those Acorn Woodpeckers work hard.

Melissa said...

That's amazing about those Acorn Woodpeckers - didn't know that! I find all sorts of wonderful new things when I visit with you Beth!

Cute little bee finish!

linda said...

We have flickers here in AZ and I love to listen to their strident call. One was putting his peak down an ant hill the other day, very interesting. I've seen the acorn woodpeckers work in Calif before, they are quite industrious and fascinating to watch. Thank you for all your pictures and knowledge.

Margaret said...

That's so interesting about the granary tree! Wow! Very industrious workers! Love your finish too!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Very interesting Beth, I do enjoy reading about your visiting birds.

Barb said...

Such a cute little bee finish! I have decided to fed my Anna's hummingbird all winter. Two of them are sticking around and our garden expert in Seattle said not to keep feeding them unless you are willing to commit to it all winter. My DD said she will do it if we go any where. I have my fingers crossed that it will be good for them.

Susan said...

We had flickers in NH, but haven't seen any here in VA. My son always called them "groundpeckers". The acorn woodpeckers are very interesting.

Karen said...

I love your pictures! What is that beautiful black and blue bird in the picture with the flicker?

Chris said...

That is so cool!!!

Maggee said...

Granary tree is pretty cool. Do you think THEY killed it by pecking all those holes, or it was dead and they claimed it? I wonder.. Congrats on the finish! Going backwards thru your blog... Hugs!

Pam in IL said...

Bee Busy is such a cute finish! So do those Acorn Woodpeckers drill their holes first and then fit the acorns in whichever hole they fit or do they drill the hole one at time for specific acorns?

Melanie said...

A finish after my own heart. Love it! :)