Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Flocks and Singles

Design - "Bluebird Alphabet"
Designer - Just Nan
Fabric - 32 count White Linen
Fibers - DMC & GAST
Started - 29 May 2011
Completed - 26 June 2011 

This stitch has two birds - is that a flock?


A group of over eight Cedar Waxwings certainly constitutes a flock.

After seeing them in downtown Eugene, it's nice they hang out in the country too.

I generally hear their very high-pitching buzzing, then look around to attempt to locate the birds.

These two have rather messy looking crests atop their heads.

I'm not sure what they are eating at present. They like fruits and berries.

Sometimes just a single bird can provide a bit of excitement.
In this case it was my first sighting of a Flycatcher this year.

It was working in the leaves of a Hazelnut, its tail wagging up and down, then it flew a bit and popped out for a better look.

As it never spoke, it was a bit of a challenge to ID, but after asking another birder, we decided that it was a Hammond's Flycatcher.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Violet Green and Yellow

Design - "Sampler Bunny"
Designer - Homespun Elegance
Fabric - 30 count WDW Putty
Fibers - WDW & DMC
Started - 27 April 2011
Completed - 30 April 2011

The Violet-green Swallows are now very business-like. 

While they do perch prettily for me...

...mostly they are swooping down to the ground for nesting materials.

I think the birds have stacked claim to the house of their choice.

I now see them flying in with a large feather...

...or dry grasses like this bird is collecting. 

I was pleased to have a flash of yellow catch my eye on the 19th.

The male Yellow Warbler returned for another brief visit.

He literally brightened my day!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chipmunk Time

Most mornings, anywhere from 4-6 chipmunks greet me on the Big Woodpile. 

There were four the other morning.

They are getting pretty bold.

Not much fear of me any longer.

There's also usually a brush bunny...

...or two.

I don't mind the chippies hanging out on the woodpile.

It's away from the house and provides them with good cover.

But they are also coming up on the back patio and I'm worried that Parvati will end up getting one.

Every morning now I have to do a sweep for chippies before I cat let Parvati outside. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Farmers' Market

We did not make it to the Farmers' Market until late in the morning.
The market was packed and much of the produce was already gone and / or picked over. (Lesson learned).

There were, however, these lovely basil plants.

And several varieties of fingerling potatoes which I love.

Fingerlings...

...and more fingerlings.

Fresh eggs...

And iris-dominated bouquets.

I heard the high pitch 'zzzeee' of Cedar Waxwings and looked up at a tree to see over 30 birds.  Of all the many shoppers bustling around, I think I was the only one to notice, and thus enjoy these wonderful bird.  Another lesson: Nature is everywhere if you only look!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekly Woodpeckers

After a couple of week's hiatus, the female Hairy Woodpecker has returned.
Her she's fighting off a Starling. 

Apparently our deer fence works well as a perch.

Who knew?

This is only the second time I've observed an Acorn Woodpecker using a hummingbird feeder... 

...not to perch...

...but to have a drink!

This though is generally where I see him. 

The Flickers remain faithful.
Both female...

...and male.

Again, the deer fence works as a perch!

Such a pretty bird.

But the thrill of the week was a Pileated Woodpecker fly in just long enough for me to snap off one photo.  Then he flew off long and low across the back yard - that was fun to observe. They are big birds!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Renewal That is Spring

Design - Spring Tree
Designer - The Trilogy
Fabric - unknown 32 count linen
Fibers - WDW and GAST
Started - 10 May 2010
Completed - 10 May 2010

A bunny, bird, and birdhouse
Perfect for today's post.

Here's the bunny...

And here's the birdhouse (Violet-green Swallow).

My ball of nesting material has been quite popular.
Black-capped Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Pretty neat, as I normally do not see these birds in May.

American Goldfinches

It's always the females who work away at the nesting material.

A courting couple - Spring!