Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Owls and Woodpeckers

Design - "Hoot" (fob)
Chart - "Hoot" (limited edition kit)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 30 count scrap of unknown linen
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 3 October 2014
Completed - 3 October 2014

This is a sweet little stitch that I worked on while watching television one evening.  October is the perfect month to stitch owls as our Great Horned Owls are very vocal in the early morning and evening.

The Acorn Woodpeckers are really active too. They've started to eat suet as well as peanuts.

Here's one flying from a suet feeder to a peanut feeder.

Peanuts though remain the most popular food by far.

I often have two birds on one feeder.
This is two females.

And now that I two feeders I've seen three birds at the same time though I've not been able to nab a photo yet.  

I am sure this one is the baby of the group born this summer. I know the parents had a male and he is still short and fat and fluffy two month after he fledged.  He is also extremely vocal!

It's much harder to tell baby Flickers from adults now as they all basically look the same.

This is a male with the red mustache and pretty orange tail feathers.

The Red-breasted Sapsuckers and Acorn Woodpeckers do not much care for one another.  The Acorns drive the smaller Sapsuckers away from roosting on 'their' trees.

Fortunately, though the Sapsuckers fly away, they soon return.

Something about upside down woodpeckers amuses me greatly!

Here you can see the precise rows of holes that is the typical work of a Sapsucker.

If you'd like to see and hear the Acorn Woodpeckers in action, take a look at this 3 minute video.  You'll soon understand why I am so enchanted with these birds.


Barbara said...

I love all the stitched owls in your header and seeing all the owls you are stitching.

I also enjoy the live birds on your blog and look forward to it every day.

Barbara in OKC

cucki said...

Hoot hoot
I love owl xx

Ann at Beadlework. said...

The two "red heads" together made me smile.

Wanda said...

Hoot is adorable!Love the video Beth! I was astounded by the tree with all the holes and acorns! What a great picture of the baby acorn woodpecker and also the two females.Apparently we have sapsuckers around here but I haven't seen any.

Angie said...

Your bird pictures amaze me :) I like your stitched owls and woodpecker photos, the video was great.

Barb said...

Owls and Woodpeckers, a great combination! Plus the little stitched owl is so cute.

trillium said...

I just love to look at all of your nature and wildlife photos! Thank you for the reply to my question. It is the most detailed reply that I've ever had on the framing issue. Love the owl header!

Margaret said...

Great little stitch! I'm going to look at the video when I have time. I'm running behind today!

Pam in IL said...

Thanks for that link to the video. It was awesome and I can just imagine what it must sound like in your yard! Congrats on the cute HOOT finish. We have an owl that's been very vocal for the past several weeks and I really like hearing it.

Andrea said...

A lovely stitched piece. Great bird photos, the woodpeckers are a particular favourite.

Preeti said...

Lovely owl! You have so many birds visiting your garden. I enjoyed seeing the pics :)
I am visiting your blog for the first time.