Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thankful for Pine Siskins

Design - "The Pilgrim Tree" (my name for this unnamed design)
Chart - "Acorns"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count Prairie Grain linen
Fibers - DMC -2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 30 November 2014
Completed - 5 December 2014 

Very pretty fall colors.

Remember when I had oodles of Cedar Waxwings?
Now I have oodles of Pine Siskins.
I counted over fifty in this 'in flight' photo.

The fly in a group and swarm and swirl and land together.

Where there is one Pine Siskin, there are several more.

They adorn the small fir trees near the feeders.

They are extremely social and continually talk among themselves.

Crowded seating is not a problem.

They are devouring my sunflower seed chip and the niger seed too. 

They may look like dull Basic Brown Birds, but they have quite a bit of yellow as well.  I included this photo as the bird in flight on the left shows off all the yellow feathers.

When they are at the feeders there is constant motion as birds come and go.

Zoom, swish, flit.

At rest you can observe the bits of yellow on the wings.

I wonder what the bird on the right is saying.

Pine Siskins are nomadic and while they may be present one year, they are often absent the next.  So I intend to enjoy my Pine Siskin Winter! 


Debbie said...

very cool to have Pine Siskins visiting.

Heather said...

Very cool! I love Pine Siskins!

Melissa said...

I like that PS finish - thankful indeed!

cucki said...

So sweet x

Maggee said...

Yesterday, crossing my yard to my new neighbors', I disturbed quite a large group of small, brownish birds. I figured finches, but I didn't get a good look... MAYBE they were Pine Siskins! It had been raining so my feeders were on my porch. I went and put them out again, but have not seen any birds since. Sad face...

Sandra said...

Great cross stitch! Love all the pictures of the birds. You really got some good ones to show the yellow color on the wings. Do you have a zoom on your camera to get such good pictures? Keeping those feeders filled is a job in itself. But wonderful to look at.

Margaret said...

Love the stitching finish. Pine Siskens, huh? What fun!

Barb said...

That's the perfect name for the little stitch. Very cute! I wish we had some Pine Siskin. Mr. or Mrs. Squirrel is driving us crazy this year. All the birds are being chased way from the feeder!