Friday, February 13, 2015

From the Cross Stitch Archives

Design - "Baubles - February"
Designer - Sam Sarah
Fabric -28 count Newport natural / cream linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads 
Started - 19 February 2014
Completed - 23 February 2014

Lots of woodpecker action this week.
I even had a male Downy at the suet feeder, though he left before I was able to get my camera.

I did manage to 'capture' a male Hairy Woodpecker. It basically looks exactly like a Downy except that it is a larger bird with a longer bill.

Sometimes the woodpeckers hang out together.

The Flickers are communal. 

I often see them in groups.

This view of a female clear shows off the bright white rump feathers.

And this blur of a bird shows the wonderfully orange colored under-wings and tail feathers.

When viewing the bird in profile, the stripes and polka dot patterns take prominence. 

A typical woodpecker pose with the tail feathers used as a counter-balance.

A male and female Acorn Woodpecker.

They were 'frozen' at the feeder. I looked to see if a hawk was nearby, but did not see one.

This male has discovered 'butter bark' - a soft suet that is supposed to attract kinglets and warblers as well as woodpeckers.

All I've had are jays and juncos, chickadees, sparrows, and woodpeckers.
I think the winter has been too mild for warblers and kinglets to search out additional sources of food.


5 comments:

Margaret said...

Great pics as always. Love the action shot with the flicker's underwings.

Maggee said...

Deja Vu! I remember when you stitched the Baubles piece last year! I was noticing today that the Downy's were frozen at the feeder too... Not looking around, not eating, just still... Lasted a couple of minutes at a time. Then it was eating time! I thought the really cold temps (is 23, feels like 10) were affecting them. I look forward to seeing Flickers... tho I know they won't be the orange colors. I filed my GBBC report this morning. Unless there is something new, I won't do it other days. Hugs!

Barb said...

Wonderful seeing the NW birds. I think ours will be angry at us for leaving them for a week!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Those red caps are amazing - such a vivid red.

Frances N said...

Those woodpeckers have the most brilliant red heads--stunning! And I do love that "action shot" of my now-favorite flicker! I just love their spots and stripes AND the orange!!