Saturday, October 21, 2017

Few and Far Between

Not much critter activity this week - I find I do not have even one photo of a bunny.

I do have chipmunks... 

And Douglas (or David - I cannot tell them apart) has been by. 

I saw the two of them chasing after each other - running circles around a large Douglas fir tree chattering all the while.

I have had lots of deer - six or seven at a time.

They've taken to napping and chewing their cud in the backyard...

...several deer at the same time.

Proof positive that they love bird seed!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Framed Finish

Design - "Western Tanager"
Chart - "The Bird Collection - Part II"
Designer - Heartstring Samplery
Fabric - 30 count Picture This Plus Wren linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 9 September 2016
Completed - 17 September 2016

Framed - October 2017

I am using the same frame for all of the birds in this series. This year I was only able to frame two pieces.  I hope to do better next year.

And here are the birds that inspired this stitch.

You have to love the true yellow color.
I call the females Banana Birds.
September 2014

I think like many others species, male Western Tanagers leave earlier than the females to stake out their winter territory.

I look forward to seeing you again next year!

Here are my Fall Yellow Birds.

Golden-crowned Sparrow

American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin.

I read that the male Pine Siskins have brighter yellow stripes on their wings, so I think this bird (on the right) is a female.  

A male Lesser Goldfinch - by far my most yellow bird in October.

He makes an attractive autumnal photograph.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Rain Returns

Today is supposed to be the start of four days of heavy rain.  I think I need to find a comfy spot and work on this owl while I listen to the rain.

I also can watch for woodpeckers - like this female Downy.

I think this is the first year I've had Downies as 'semi-regular' at the feeders.

They are the smallest of my woodpeckers and the get bullied by the larger woodpeckers... this male Hairy Woodpecker.

The Hairies also battle with one another - it is rare that I have two at the feeders at the same time.


It's a Red-breasted Sapsucker!

Female Acorn Woodpecker

...and a male.

Here's the largest of my woodpeckers this week - a Red-shafted Northern Flicker.  I need a Pileated Woodpecker to stop by so that I'd have my full compliment of woodpecker species.   

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumn Decorating

I haven't done much any autumn decorating yet, but I found lots of  great ideas at Hiron's, a local variety merchant. 

I do like all things beeish!

Lots of honeycomb patterned items.

Autumn colors...

Halloween is right around the corner.
I might need the ghost salt and pepper shakers.  

Or the black and white pumpkin... 

Boo to you!

And you and you too!

Oh I like both of these pumpkins.

Truly funny salt and pepper shakers.

On to November and Thanksgiving...


A turkey and pumpkins...

Funny name place holders.

Pretty plates

Did you get any ideas?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Boo to You!

Design - "Boo" Celebrate series with charm
designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 32 count Light Mocha linen
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 7 October 2017
Completed - 13 October 2017

I ran out of WDW "Havana" and substitured GAST "Cocoa" for the tree on the right. I like the colors used in this design, and as I think we have two juvenile Great Horned Owls, the owl duo is especially appropriate.

Who else is flitting about?

Pine Siskins and Black-capped Chickadees...

...the sunflower heads are a magnet for the smaller birds.

There's a Red-breasted Nuthatch at the peanut feeder most days.

Kudos to anyone who can eat upside down...

...or sideways.

On a weekend foggy morning I heard and then saw a Bewick's Wren. 

The mechanical chattering and the white eyebrow help ID the bird. 

While it never comes to the feeder, it does hang out with feeder birds like finches, chickadees, juncos, and towhees. 

Here's looking at you Bewick's Wren!

I had another rarely seen bird - a Hutton's Vireo.

I waffled between vireo and kinglet, but decided with the white eye-ring, wing bars, bill shape, and size it was a vireo.

The bird also 'chattered' which helped to ID it.

Come back again soon!