Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tiger Cats and Yellow Birds

I'll be able to finish this small stitch today.
I showed it to Tom-Cat and he asked, "Where are the cats anyway?!?"

While the stitched cats are going to be the 'wrong' color, they will be Tigers nonetheless. Okay Tom-Cat?

The past couple of weeks I've had a plethora of Yellow Birds.

The American Goldfinches are now a rather dull yellow, but yellow just the same. 

They are gorging on Nyger thistle seeds.

The Lesser Goldfinch is really a Greater Goldfinch now as he has retained his vibrant summer color.

He's a big fan of the Nyger thistle.

And though I seem to have fewer Lessers, they are still around.

I think this is probably going to be my last sighting of a Wilson's Warbler.

While not as 'loudly colored' as the male, the female is a pretty little bird.

Only two kinds of Warblers winter in Oregon, the others all will head to Mexico and Central America. As Warblers are small birds, they fly at night during migration to avoid predators.

The brightest of yellow birds right now are the Western Tanagers.
I think I have a couple of birds still hanging around - a mature female and a juvenile.

I was so stoked to get this series of photos as the female Western Tanager stayed on this branch for less than a minute.

She is a very pretty bird and you can see why I call her my Banana Bird.

Western Tanagers fly north to breed and summer in a range that includes western Canada south to Arizona and New Mexico.

This pretty little bird will fly a couple of thousand miles to spend the winter in Mexico or Central America.  I wonder if she'll hang out with the Warblers!


Margaret said...

I'm becoming a fan of the yellow birds because of you! Love the cat stitch so far too!

Vickie said...

Such a pretty post. :)

Melody said...

Pretty yellow birds! I like your cat stitching. Are you going to do more of the alphabet in this group?

cucki said...

Sweet stitch xx

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Such bonny little birds, her yellow plumage has such a depth of colour.

Wanda said...

Beth, you do get such amazing shots of your many, many birds!The Western Tanager and the Wilson's Warbler and the Lesser Goldfinch are so vibrant. Our goldfinches' colour is fading as well but lots of them around.
Beautiful picture of Tom Cat! Your C is looking great!

Barb said...

So many beautiful yellow birds. I am always amazed at how far many of them fly . I don't know how they do it!

carol fun said...

Such pretty yellow birds --- great pictures! Can't wait to see the cat stitching -- I'm sure it will be purr-fect! LOL

Carol said...

Our goldfinches are even less yellow now than yours, Beth--soon they will be heading south. I'll really miss them as they've been quite entertaining all summer. But, the chickadees have been taking their place at the feeder so we'll still have some birds all winter long :)