Thursday, April 27, 2017

Birds Birds Birds

Design - "R is for Robin"
Design - Sam Sarah Designs
Fabric - 28 count Newport Red / Natural Zweigart linen
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 9 May 2014
Completed - 10 May 2014

I am thrilled to have so many Black-capped Chickadees.

They like the small Japanese Maple in the front flowerbed.

And they are also active in the back. 
I saw a Chestnut-back Chickadee yesterday as well as a White-throated Sparrow.

There are two or three White-crowned Sparrows most days.

I think the clean zebra stripes on their head.

The Golden-crowned Sparrows' markings are blurrier.

For a pop of color, the male American Goldfinches place well!
Top left and right are male Lesser Goldfinches.

This guy needs to get darker and brighter color to interest the females.

As for bigger pests birds, the Band-tailed Pigeons are daily visitors.

The flock numbers in the high teens.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday's Walk - A Neighbor's Front Yard

Each April I have to document the amazing wildflowers that reside under an oak grove in a neighbor's front yard.  

This winter wrecked havoc on the oaks. They are but shadows of their former selves.  I am hoping that two or three manage to hang on and recover. 

The oaks provide the dappled shade beloved by many of our native wildflowers including  Small Flowered Trilliums.

I have never seen more Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii).

They thrive here.

Some folks call them rooster bills based on the shape of the flower.

She also has many Oregon Fawn Lilies (Erythronium oregonum).

Shooting Stars

Fawn Lilies, Trout Lilies, or as my family has always called them - Lambs' Tongues. 

Nature is the best gardener!

We should appreciate her work.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Flocks are Growing

Here's my new purchases from Friendship Crossing in Corvallis, OR.
Lots of bird patterns this time.  Sounds like a theme for May!

This week is forecast to be cold and rainy, so I find comfort in my little yellow outdoor finials.  How many American Goldfinches can you count?

I counted 14 American Goldfinches, 6 Lesser Goldfinches, and a large flock of Purple Finches. 

It's nice to have the "Canary Guys" (as my father calls them) back again.

I don't have enough stations at the feeders to serve everyone.

I was thrilled to count eight Evening Grosbeaks Monday afternoon.

I'd begun to worry that they were going to pass me by this year. 

With four couples, I might get luck and have one pair stay and nest. 

Here's a Rufous Towhee.  Some beginning birds confuse them with Black-headed Grosbeaks.  

Today was my first sighting of a Black-headed Grosbeak.
It's a larger bird with an orange collar and white flecks on the wings.
The Towhee has red eyes and the grosbeak has brown eyes.

The males have a beautiful song that sweetens my morning chorus.
Hope you are enjoying the return of spring / summer birds where ever you are.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Evening Report

There's still a bit of April left, so I've started one last Easter stitch.

On Saturday I went up to Corvallis to shop for plants and cross stitch. 
One of the nurseries has dozens of birdhouses.
I saw Violet-green Swallows house hunting...

...and Barn Swallows doing the same.

I enjoy the clicky quirky sounds the Barns Swallows make. 

Back at home, I had 42 California Quail Monday afternoon. 

There's a lot of posturing this time of year.

Most evening the Robins serenade as the daylight fades.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday's Hummers

Not a lot of hummer photos this week.
The days have been dark, the light low, so the birds do not photograph well.
Here's one of my Rufous males.

An Anna's female.

A rare sight!  Two birds at the feeder.
An Anna's female and male.

She looks rather stunned at what is happening.



Male in all his glory!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday's Critters

First off I wanted to say thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on the loss of our dear Padma-cat. If you did not get an email response from me, know that is because you are set up as no-reply in Google/Blogger.  I read everyone's message and took comfort from all of your kind words.

It must be spring, because we have lots and loads of chipmunks.
They are now waiting for me on the back patio, if I do not get the sunflowers out early enough. 

I've told them over and over that it much safer to wait on the woodpile.

Patience is rewarded!

I think I counted seven on Friday.

It makes for a very active woodpile!
Lots of scurrying about.

And yes, they are on the front porch too. 

The gray squirrels try and try to attack my feeders.

The bunnies eat sunflowers, but also are content to graze.

I think this bunny is the same some as...

...this bunny based on ear notches.

Waiting for sunflowers.

I wish I could share some of the action shots from when they
play Bunny Tag - it is adorable!

Let's not forget the deer.

You are an important part of our Saturday Critters.