While I messed up and did not work on this on Wednesday, I did pull it out and stitch away on Saturday. The large shamrock is now 1/2 done!
The many of the smaller birds the cycle of choosing a mate, mating, nest-building and raising a clutch of young is accomplished in 45-60 days.
On Friday I observed my baby Tree Swallow. It looked ready to fledge.
Saturday morning I observed an adult at work removing feces from the nest.
Then I was gone most of the day for family activities.
When I next looked on Sunday morning, the birdhouse was abandoned. The baby had, I hope, successfully fledged and the family has now moved on to an area like Fern Ridge Reservoir with lots of flying insects to munch.
I am bummed that I also appear to have missed the leave-taking of my Black-capped Chickadee family. As best I can tell, they too moved out on Sunday.
On a brighter note, two of the Violet-green Swallow couple now are feeding babies. This house...
...and this house both erupt with cheeping when the parents fly in.
Two other pairs of Violet-green Swallows are still in the construction stage.
I am looking forward to more bird babies.
This female Evening Grosbeak comes to my feeders two or three times a day.
I never see, or hear, a male Evening Grosbeak. This gal is a bit of a mystery. Why did she stay, when all the other Evening Grosbeaks appear to have left the area? Is there a male somewhere? Will there be a baby grosbeak or two? Stay tuned!