Monday, June 9, 2014

New Finish New Bird

Design - "Bee Skep"
Chart - "Adornments for Christmas and All Year"
Design - Homespun Elegance
Fabric - 30 count natural linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 5 June 2014
Completed - 5 June 2014

This is a tiny little bee skep - about 1" by 1", easily done while watching a program on television.

Padma does not much care for television, but he does like linens. One of his favorite things to to rest in this drawer of kitchen linens if given the chance. 

A New Bird - and not a headless one this time. 

This is the well-named Yellow-breast Chat.
It likes dense brush which is where I found it.

Once again, I heard it well before I saw it.  This song bird is a chatterbox and has an amazing array of sounds it makes.  Take a listen here to its Typical Voice 

After talking to a more experienced birder, I found out that this is a somewhat usual bird to see this far north.  It is much more common in the forests and thickets of the Umpqua Valley to the south.  So I was really pleased to have seen it.  It is probably the only time I'll see it.  And these good photos make up for the my lack of Lazuli Bunting photos.    

I am still getting some nice Cedar Waxwing photos.

The other evening a female spent some time on the ground near my bird feeders.

She seemed pretty fearless.

I had a group of six birds on Friday night, but once again no camera.

With hotter, sunnier days the cats are in continual search of shade.  Solomon and Parvati (brother and sister) seemed to feel there was not enough room for them both to hang out in the shade of the mudroom nook.

One year ago today Mom and I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum to look at Elizabethan era textiles.


Giovanna said...

Pretty little finish, well done. And what a lovely new bird - colourful songbirds are among my favourites.

Melissa said...

Cute little finish!

Congrats on finding that new bird. It has an exotic-in-the-jungle sounds, doesn't it?

linda said...

Such a pretty new bird! I always enjoy your photos and research.

Maggee said...

Cute little bird you spotted! Quick bee finish! Hugs!

Shebafudge said...

What a cute little bee design - so cute.

That looks like a very comfortable place for a cat to curl up in, bless!

Annette-California said...

I like your Cute beehive finish!
Your darling cats are not the only ones looking for cool spots to hangout - lol.
Here its to be 102 degrees.
love Annette

Ann at Beadlework. said...

What a lovely crisp shade of yellow your new bird has. The cats have so many places to explore, they must have a wonderful time.

Barb said...

What a pretty little bird with a interesting call! The cats are very funny especially Padma in the drawer. A very cute little finish.

Wanda said...

Cats, cross stitch and birds all in one post - unbeatable combination! What a darling little yellow bird. Your cats (all of them) are just gorgeous! Beth, I know I keep saying it but I cannot believe the fabulous photos you have of the cedar waxwings.

cucki said...

Sweet bee stitches xx

blue star stitcher said...

The little Yellow Breast Chat is so bright, what a pretty bird. I love the photo of your cat in the linen drawer, mine wait for the warm laundry basket.

Margaret said...

Very nice pics of that Yellow Breast Chat! The Cedar Waxwings are so pretty. lol about the linen drawer. Looks comfy! Mia likes to nest in our clothes drawers if allowed, but that is rarely allowed. :D

Mouse said...

aww that is a cute finish too and well done on spotting that wee bird ... love looking at the others too and way to go Padma now mum has got specialty threads already in the linens
love the wee one year ago bits too :) only seems like the other month I saw you ... love mouse xxxxx