Design - "Free Betsy"
Designer - Bent Creek
Fabric - 28 count Flax linen
Fibers -GAST, WDW, and DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 10 July 2016
Completed - 14 July 2016
The chart photograph showed the blue and red as I stitched them, but the colors were charted opposite with the flag and badge having red on top and blue below. I decided I like the photograph so stitched it that way. I used flax linen and I am in love with the color of the linen. It is perfect!
It was a perfect week for woodpeckers too.
I got to see all six 'varieties'.
I was surprised to look out the front window and find a small Downy Woodpecker at the suet feeder on the front porch.
I cautiously opened the front door and took a couple of photos.
Note the small beak on this bird.
Here's one of my juvenile male Hairy Woodpeckers.
See how much bigger and longer the bill is than the Downy's.
I was also pleased to have a female Hairy Woodpecker at the feeders.
I hadn't seen a female in two or three weeks.
Here's a young Red-breasted Sapsucker.
You can tell it is a young bird because the head is not the bright red of a mature adult bird nor is the breast.
The Acorn Woodpeckers have been rather elusive. I think the are still busy raising their young.
The Flickers have all fledged, but the adults are still feeding them.
This adult looks rather frazzled!
I guess it is always feeding time.
One morning I had six Flickers at the front feeders!
And last, but certainly not least, a male Pileated Woodpecker dropped by.
This bird was not shy and allowed me to take as many photos as I wanted.
It came by later in the morning, so I had good light for a change.
The red crest from the back to the bill as well as the red mustache marks it as a male.
It may be a young male as the mustache does not have much color.
The bird groomed and preened most of the time - note the small feather dangling from its beak.