Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Black-headed Grosbeak Celebration

Design - "Black-headed Grosbeak"
Chart - "The Bird Collection - Part 1"
Designer - Heartstring Samplery
Fabric - 32 count Picture This Plus Wren linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 24 April 2016
Completed - 14 May 2016

I only made one slight change, and that was the eye. I changed it from black to dark brown.

Let's continue our Black-headed Grosbeak celebration.

I think this is my favorite photo for this year thus far.
I love the lime green of the leaves and background.

And while my stitch is of a male, we need to acknowledge that there are female Black-headed Grosbeaks too.

They are pretty birds too.

The males often have a drink.

The birds have that characteristic large seed-crunching beak. 

Here's the beak doing what it does best - cracking a seed open.

This guy was enjoying a bath.

The males have a very pretty song.  I've been told that it sounds like a 'rollicking Robin" as a way to help recognize it.  You can hear it here under the Typical Voice link. 

And speaking of Grosbeaks...
This has been a weird year for Evening Grosbeaks.  I am worried that my population peaked back on May 7th. Since then I've heard them most days, but it is rare that I see them.  And if I do, it is only one or two birds.


Solstitches said...

You've captured some beautiful pictures of your garden birds and that is a lovely stitched version also.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, lucky you to have both the Black-headed Grosbeak and the Evening Grosbeak! Awesome photos! Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Carol said...

I hadn't realized grosbeaks were such pretty birds (I think their name had something to do with my misconception!!). I do love your latest finish, Beth!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Very beautiful and characteristic bird.
Thanks for sharing.

Our photos said...

Beautiful your bird and also the photos!


Justine said...

Lovely stitch and photos of these sweet birds!

daisy gurl said...

Thanks for teaching me about yet another bird. These look like sweet lil' things. You're invited to share your outdoor post on this week's Maple Hill Hop!

Anu said...

Beautiful birds and great photos!

Barb said...

Prize winning photos! Plus a very pretty cross stitch!

Maggee said...

Wow--they are great pictures of the Black-headed Grosbeak! And your stitched piece is great also! Those are going to be a great set of stitched pieces! Hugs!