Tuesday, June 20, 2017

They're Back If Only For a Day

Design - "Bee Ye Humble"
Designer - Pine Mountain Designs
Fabric - 32 count Wichelt linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 4 June 2012
Completed - 7 June 2012

This kit came with a tuck pillow, creating an Instant Finish!  

Besides cross stitch, the design used Satin, Herringbone, and Double Leviathan stitches.
I hope to have a new stitch to share with you later this week.

Over the weekend, I heard baby 'chirp, chirp' chirping from three of the Violet-green Swallow houses including this one. 

I thought it was interesting that three sets of eggs all hatched within 24 hours of each other.

This is the third house with babies. I have a couple of more active houses to check on. With hatchlings the adult Violet-green Swallows are much, much more active - flying about snapping flying insects from dawn to dusk. 

Also over the weekend, I had a visit from a pair of Tree Swallows.

The birds 'co-mingled' and 'talked' with the Violet-green Swallows.

I think there were territorial disputes going on.

I still have several empty birdhouses, and it's not yet too to build a nest and raise a family.

I love the liquid gurgling sounds the Tree Swallows make.

Plus, how can you top their iridescent blue feathers? 

Handsome birds...

..and graceful fliers.
Thanks for stopping by.


Margaret said...

Very cool! Do you have to clean out the birdhouses once they are vacated?

RJ said...

I love your bee stitch and how you finished it. I have to look into getting that one.

You have the most delightful selection of birds by you. I'm amazed each time I come here at your photos. Great job once again capturing such amazing creatures. RJ @ stitching friends forever

deb said...

The bee piece is such a happy piece! The bees themselves are ... black snaps? Love the added specialty stitches.

The tree swallows have such interesting coloring - their bellies look quite white, such a sharp contract to their heads and backs.

Mary said...

Beautiful tree swallows...do you feed the birds during the summer also? You get such a great variety. I would love to attract more birds with feeders but they attract bears here also and I don't want to do that. Lovely photos!

Barb said...

Those tree swallows are beautiful!

Angie said...

Your cross-stitch immediately reminded me of the country music song "Always be humble and kind" performed by Tim McGraw. A reminder to us all!

Maggee said...

Nicely stitched piece! Babies!! I look forward to seeing fledgling shots in a while...when they are old enough to start demanding food and hanging out to tell the folks to hurry up with their orders!! ha!