Thursday, August 7, 2014

Working on A WIP and a Bird Walk

I am working away on my WIPs. I've decided to devote a day to a WIP. Then the next day move on to work on another WIP. 

As you can see I made good progress with one day's stitching and have just over half of the border done. This is by Crown and Thistle and is a vine surrounding a bee skep. 

I had a pretty good birding experience walking around the property early in the morning.

I saw several Rufous Towhees.

And a Bewick's Wren. 
 Look closely - he is facing the right - his tail feathers are on the left.  

And here's a new bird for 2014.
A White-breasted Nuthatch.

They reside in Oak woodlands and prefer older stands of Oaks.  That's a very restrive habitat, so it is most exciting to see this bird. 

See the two birds just below the thick branch?

I was not certain what they were...a Vireo of some sort was my guess.

I posted this photo on Facebook to my local Wild Bird Center store and the owner said it was a Warbling Vireo. 
I did not manage to get a good shot of this bird.
Here's the back. 

And the front with the face obscured. 
I think it might be a female Common Yellowthroat.
But I wouldn't bet even a plug nickel on it!

Well finally here's someone I am certain about!

I was able to get several decent shots of this male Wilson's Warbler as it flitted about in the brush at the edge of the Big Creek.

The distinctive black cap atop its head helps to ID the bird.

Not a bad morning's bird, you think?

One year ago today Mom, my sister, and I toured the gardens and Buckingham Palace and took in the Coronation Exhibition.


Ann at Beadlework. said...

I always think that little wrens must weight almost nothing with their hollow bones and tiny size.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I meant "weigh" nothing:-)

Pam in IL said...

Great progress on the WIP. I like your plan for working on a different one each day. You have some wonderful birds! We have some very active white-breasted nuthatches.

Barb said...

That is a very pretty start! You see the most amazing birds! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Margaret said...

I don't understand how you get such good shots of birds. You must have a great zoom lens. Or something!

Melody said...

What a great variety of birds! Great pictures too. I admire your knowledge of them. I would have to look all of them up, in a bird identification book.