Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Red Bird Teaser

Design - "Cardinals"
Chart - "Prairie Birds"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count Ocean Kiss Wichelt linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 15 August 2017
Completed - 19 August 2017

Finished the PS Cardinals - a nice Michigan momento.

And here's the proof!  I heard and saw several Northern Cardinals in my cousin's backyard.

My Backyard Birds are somewhat less colorful...

I do have a group of Purple Martins...

...and I've decided that they will be the next PS "Prairie Birds" stitch.

The Ravens are hanging about too.

Grawk!  Grawk!

Here's a California Scrub Jay.

The jays are molting and look pretty tatty.

See - the Steller's Jays too are scruffy.

I think this is a young bird.

It certainly was a vocal bird.

My family units of California Quail ebb and flow...
But in most cases there is a Papa Quail standing guard on high... 

...while Mama Quail watches on the ground level.

They are protective parents.

Papa Quail on the front left, Mama Quail on the back left, and all the 14 babies center to right.

Fluffy and cute.

 I think this is my favorite stage as youngsters.

Are you ready for another trip back in time to Michigan?

Monday, August 21, 2017

So Much Going On

So much is going on presently. Excuse me if I ramble.
Next up, Heartstring Samplery's "Tree Swallow".


News, news news.  Today the Solar Eclipse begins at the Oregon coast and makes an arc across the entire state. We are just outside the path of totality, with an expected 97-98% solar coverage.  As estimates are that over 1 million out of state visitors are here for the eclipse, we're not going anywhere!  Can you say Gridlock?  All the campgrounds, rental cars, and hotels are booked.  We have our eclipse glasses and will watch this morning.  My fear is of further 'accidental' forest fires with all the out of state folks who have no idea how dry and dangerous it is here.  We already have fire fighter crews from Alaska and other states helping out with our largest fires.  Here's hope for a safe Oregon State Eclipse Event.

As I mentioned previously, I'm finally blogging about my Great Michigan Adventure.  I pondered how to do it, and decided to back post to the dates in late July and early August that the events occurred. I will post links on my current posts as I do so.

Here are links for Sunday, July 30th.
I encourage you to take a look.     


It's time for my Weekly Woodpecker Report.
I'm pretty sure this is a woodpecker feather.
Probably a Hairy Woodpecker.

The Hairy Woodpeckers have been very active. 

look closely, there's a woodpecker tongue!

Female...

Male...

I think the male is a young bird - the red on the head appears to be transitioning from the top of his head to the back of his head.

He's good about posing.

Saturday morning there were two female Hairy Woodpeckers. 

That's something I've not seen since the birds fledged.

And a Red-breasted Sapsucker came by for a couple of days.

They are harder to 'shoot' as they do not come to the feeders... 

...and when on the trees, they are moving constantly.

This photo pleased me greatly!
I had no idea the Acorn Woodpecker was in the background until I looked at this photo on my computer.
Two for the Price of One!

I have seen my pair of Acorn Woodpeckers. 

Here's the male...

...and here he is again.

He does like my cylinder nut feeder. 

I've seen as many as three Flickers at the same time.

And while I did NOT see any Downy Woodpeckers, I was happy to have a Pileated Woodpecker stop by. 

This is a male bird - Red head to the front of the bill and a red mustache.

Thanks for stopping by!


Here's hoping we in Oregon have a safe and successful Statewide Eclipse Party! 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Humming and Buzzing

With the ebb and flow of hummingbird activity, it has been hard to know what each week might bring. 

This past week has seen an increase in birds - 7 in all.

Amazing to have two female Rufous this close...

...and not fighting...

As I've always said, there's enough for everyone. 

More Rufous action.

They love this agastache.

Buzzzz...

Hummm...

Here's a female Anna's...

And a male Anna's.

It's good to have this handsome fellow out and about.

The Anna's will stay here through the fall and winter.

You can bet that I will make sure the feeders are clean and full for them.

Sunshine on the male Anna's.

He's perched surveying is kingdom.

Fight!

A busy bird's life.

I'm finally blogging about my Great Michigan Adventure.  I pondered how to do it, and decided to back post to the dates in late July and early August that the events occurred. I will post links on my current posts as I do so.

Here is the link for Sunday, July 30th.