Thursday, September 21, 2017

Weekly Woodpeckers Excitement and Stitch

I spent Tuesday on a visiting plant nurseries on a bus trip.  So I kitted up the Cedar Waxwing from "Birdsong I" so I'd have something to stitch while we were on the road.

Lots of woodpecker activity this week, so warning - lots of photos. 

The Downy Woodpeckers are by far the smallest of my woodpeckers.  But for their small size, they are pretty fierce and will not cede ground to much larger birds like the Steller's Jay on the left.

This is a female Downy.

As I hadn't seen one for over a week, I has pleased to have her stop by.

The female Hairy continues to be 'regular'. 

The male Hairy likes both the front and back feeders.  Besides larger nuts, he is also scarfing down shelled sunflower seeds.

Finally, I had some good looks at a Red-breast Sapsucker.

I think he looks rather frazzled here.

And here he is yet again.

I think the Starling on the right was supervising the Sapsucker's work.  

Don't you just hate having someone watching over your shoulder?

Finally, he can work as he pleases.

This photo is the cause of all my excitement. If you look closely there are two Acorn Woodpeckers on the right side of the tree, and one on the left side.

Sometime in 2015, my group of Acorn Woodpeckers decreased to just two birds; one male and one female.  In 2016 the pair did not fledge any youngsters, and I was worried that 2017 would be a repeat - no babies. 

But twice now I've seen three birds - two females (like the one above) and one male.

Two females will help tremendously with the odds of growing the colony in 2018.

I think this may be the young bird. 

Young Acorn Woodpeckers have blue eyes...

...older birds, like this male, have pink eyes.

Here's a female and male...

...and the third bird, another female.

Several times I've seen a group of three Flickers. 

No worries about the number of these birds.

They are pretty easy going and social birds.

This is the only photo I managed of a Pileated Woodpecker this week - a bird in flight. So all my woodpeckers are accounted for this week: Downy, Hairy, Sapsucker, Acorn, and Pileated.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wet Wednesday Walk

So, so very wonderful to have showers, drizzle, and good old rain!
There's a bit of a break - the air is clear - let's go outside.

I am watching this Hawthorn - the Cedar Waxwings should devour the berries when they are ripe.

Someone without tasting, the birds can tell whether or not berries or fruit are ripe. 

Ripe blackberries - even I can tell that!


Butter and Eggs

Native Dogwood leaves are now turning. It looked to me like all the fruit had been consumed. 



Oak gall - the parasitic wasp has grown up and escaped.


A Western Pond Turtle at the Quarry Pond.  There was also a Belted Kingfisher, but it flew off before I could get a photo.

Pond plants in bloom.

Lupine seeds

Vine Maple

Blackberries and Rosehips - good companions.

Further signs of fall - the Bracken fern is turning color.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Design - "Black-capped Chickadee"
Chart - "The Bird Collection - Part 3"
Designer - Heartstring Samplery
Fabric - 32 count Picture This Plus Wren linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 3 September 2017
Completed - 13 September 2017 

I've messed with the beak to no avail - it still does not thrill me.  Someone suggested changing the color and making it darker.  As I do intend to frame this at some point I will tackle the beak again.  Otherwise, I'm really pleased with it. 

This guy thinks it is pretty first-rate too.

I did my best!

And I haven't given up.

The Junco says, "Whatever!"

Here's a Band-tailed Pigeon...

...and a smaller Mourning Dove.

Some of my many young California Quail.

And an unexpected gift - another sighting of a female Western Tanager.

She was a bit coy!