Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Red White, and Blue Birdhouse and Yellow Birds

Design - "Stars and Stripes Stoop"
Chart - "Birdhouse Collection"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - R & R 18th Cenutry Stone linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 18 July 2017
Completed - 19 July 2017

I changed the colors to from ecru to white, 310 (black) to 791 (blue), and used 817 (red) as charted. Do you think someone might like to live in a red, white, and blue bird house?

Parvati was not born in a bird house, rather she was born in a box in my cloths closet.  Her mother, Cleo, insisted that she was going to deliver her kittens there, and so she did.

Cleo and I have seen some 'rarely seen' summer birds this past week.

A young Yellow-breasted Chat came by for a visit.

Puffy and feathery with indistinct markings -all clues this is a young bird.

I had trouble IDing him, but the shape and size of the bill was one of the ways I settled on Chat.

Someone told me they prefer birding in the winter as there are no leaves obscuring the birds! 

But since most of these guys are summer birds, I'll put up with a few leaves.

Here a Wilson's Warbler peeks out from a Douglas Fir bough.

Deep in the shade I found a reclusive Macgillivray's Warbler.

I have been fortunate to have a male Western Tanager stop by on several occasions - sometimes even coming to the feeders.

Sometimes lurking in the thicket. 

I wish he'd chosen to perch at the top of this wire cage instead of sitting in the middle of it.  

On the other hand, I got a really good look at him.

Beggars cannot be choosers...

...and I'll take any look I can of this beautiful bird.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cross Stitch Road Trip

I try to get up to visit Friendship Crossing in Corvallis, OR a couple of times a year. 

My mom and I drove up on a Saturday.

Ann has such inviting displays...

Charts arranged by designer in wicker baskets.

It's July so patriotic designs were front and center. 

I enjoy looking at the framed pieces.

Most times one or two 'grab' me and I get the chart. 

It was Crazy Days in Corvallis, and I went a bit crazy scooping up sales charts and kits.  

I also bought enough new charts to keep me busy for the foreseeable future! 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday's Hummers

No males in sight.  I read on Facebook that a New Mexican National Park was on alert for the first male Rufous Hummingbirds to show up on their return to Central and South America.  They show up in mid-March and leave by mid-July. 

I do have several Anna's (females).  Here they are arguing...

Looking mean

Looking stern

Looking sideways

Scratching an itch


Saturday, July 22, 2017

All Kinds of Critters

Something for everyone this Saturday.

Lots of bunnies.

They especially like clover and dandelions.

Big brown eyes

Bunny backview

Baby Bunny

Isn't that sweet?

Parvati was on patrol when a doe came by. 

The doe was interested...

Parvati beat a retreat...

Now take a good look at the gate where Parvati is sitting... 

On Sunday the 16th this bobcat ducked under the gate and marched up our front sidewalk!

We watched from the dining room window as the cat got spooked and left the front yard.

Bobbed tail = bobcat

I think this must be the male that we've seen in the backyard the past month. Scary as Parvati likes to hunt for mice on the front sidewalk.  Know that we are committed to supervising all her outdoor time so that she stays safe.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday's Finish

Design - "July" (Flip-it)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric -32 count Country French Cafe Mocha
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 16 July 2017
Completed - 17 July 2017

I really cracked this one out - in just two days.  I love the blue sailboat and the ripe, red strawberries. 

It's a good day to doze in the morning sunshine...or watch the birds.

I had several Hairy Woodpeckers all on the same tree.

First this one...

Then there were two...

And finally, if you look closely, there are three birds.
They were chattering and chasing one another around and around the tree.

The Flickers have been active.

A female and a male.

I think this is a young bird.

He has the plump, feathery look of a juvenile.

He was practicing hammering away on the deer fence post.

It was good to see my Acorn Woodpeckers again.
This is the female.

I fear that they did not have any success in raising young for a 2nd year in a row.  That is worrisome for the long term health of this small group.  

Here's the male.

I was delight to see and then find this male Pileated Woodpecker.

Look left...

...and then right.

My neighbor had three Pileated come by her feeders.
Color me green with envy!