Friday, August 26, 2016

Hot Days Call for Watermelons

Design - "August"
Chart - "A Prairie Year"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count Lambswool linen
Fibers -DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads - watermelon seeds 1 strand smyrna crosses
Started - 15 August 2016
Completed - 19 August 2016

It's supposed to be 97° today - I think that calls for a watermelon for dessert.

With the hot weather , I'm not having much bird activity.

I haven't seen a Downy Woodpecker since August 12th.

I am hearing Hairy Woodpeckers, but they are not frequenting the feeders.

This female did stop by for a quick bite.

The Acorn Woodpeckers are AWOL too.  I have been watching them in the evening when they sit on a branch and then sally out to pick off a flying insect.  They are eating insects right now, not suet or peanuts.  Last year by this time, they had brought their newly fledged youngster to the feeders.  I am hoping that I will soon see a young bird or two and increase my Acorn Woodpecker population from two to three or four or even five birds.

The Flickers are coming by for a drink, but not eating at the feeders.

With all that negative stuff, it was great to have a Pileated Woodpecker fly in.

The bird did not come as close as I might have liked, but I still got some good looks.

Here you can compare the size of the bird with the jays watching below.

Looking right.

Looking left.

At 16"-19" long - this is a BIG bird! 


Robin in Virginia said...

Your watermelon piece is sweet and yes, it would be great to have a good chunk of it today. Your bird pictures always bring a smile. Enjoy your weekend!

Vickie said...

Nothing like cool, refreshing watermelon!!

Carol said...

97 sounds horrible, but you don't get our humidity, do you, Beth? Hope it cools down soon. Your little watermelon is so cute and I love those Pileated Woodpeckers. Have only seen that one here earlier this year, but they sure are impressive!

Margaret said...

Too hot! I hope Carol is right that you don't get the humidity. That would help at least a bit. Love seeing the woodpeckers.

Barb said...

We could use some watermelon right now. It's even too hot for the birds. Tomorrow is suppose to be much cooler! My fingers are crossed.

Maggee said...

I am definitely OVER the hot, sticky weather! Love seeing that the Pileated is still popping over for a visit! And love seeing that watermelon--an icon for summer! Hugs!