Monday, April 16, 2018

A Gift From Nature

Design - "Little Birds Calendar - Robin - February"
Designer - The Little Stitcher
FAbric - 32 count Vintage Country Mocha Linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 11 April 2018
Completed - 14 April 2018

This is a great little series. The designer has released the first four months' birds.  I love that the little European Robin is surrounds by snow flurries and snowdrops.

Here's a photo of a European Robin I saw in June of 2013 at Sissinghurst.

Robin were ever-present in England - this one was hanging out at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London.

Birds really are a gift from nature.  And speaking of gifts, guess who came by Saturday afternoon.

A pair of Western Bluebirds that's who!

Here's the male.

He is a mature bird with all the expected coloring.

My sister was outside weeding a flowerbed and I went out to see how she was doing.  The birds were sitting on a couple of the deer fence posts watching her work.

Periodically they'd fly down to the lawn and grab something to eat. 

The female is a young bird - she probably fledged last spring as she still does not have all the coloring a mature female bird would.

They stayed close together and the male sang and talked.

And ate!  See the neon green worm / caterpillar thing he found in the grass!
A perfect illustration of why I am totally opposed to using chemicals to fill weeds and fertilize the lawn.  So many birds use the lawn to feed and as material to build their nests. 

So I'm thinking I might need to invest in a bluebird nesting box...

What do you think?

13 comments:

MaryO said...

OMG! Beth! You've won the bird lotto!😆 I would totally invest in bluebird housing! Great pic!
MaryO1230

LaNelle said...

Beautiful stitching Beth! Such a treat Bluebirds💙💙 at our old home in town we always had bluebirds had the right surroundings now we don’t have enough open space for them although I did put up houses hoping...enjoy and buy those house😁😁

Joyce said...

Love Bluebirds we have the Eastern Bluebirds here in Maryland and I have 3 boxes up for them, they usually nest in at least 1 of them. Sometimes we get to hatches per year. Great pictures.

Robin in Virginia said...

Beth, your Bluebird pictures are gorgeous. I vote yes on the nesting box for them. Your bird stitch looks fabulous. Are these charts available in her Etsy shop? Could you tell me if they are black/white charts or in color? Enjoy your day!

Vickie said...

What a sweet finish. Love your bluebird pictures.

Justine said...

What beautiful birds - both real and stitched!

Carol said...

Oh, those bluebirds are so stunning, Beth! I have NEVER seen one in real life and so I loved seeing your beautiful photos.

Love that sweet robin you stitched, too. This sounds like the perfect series for your stitching pleasure this year :)

Wanda said...

Beth, your bluebirds are gorgeous! I have only seen one from a distance. Your photos are fabulous! Love the bird series from Little Stitcher and your robin is beautiful!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Yes you have my vote for getting a Bluebird House--but don't wait--they are probably looking right now for a place to rent for the spring!!!
Cute stitchery too--
enjoy, di

Kaisievic said...

Wow! wonderful bird photos - you are so lucky to have them visit you. Cute Robin stitchery, too.

deb said...

Your stitched bird is adorable! Oh my, the bluebirds! The color on the male is amazing!! I hope they stay around and visit you often.

co coya said...

Beth, your Bluebird pictures are gorgeous. I vote yes on the nesting box for them. Your bird stitch looks fabulous. Are these charts available in her Etsy shop? Could you tell me if they are black/white charts or in color? Enjoy your day!

RoyalRuby
Gclub

Maggee said...

That is a really cute Bird stitch! And great pictures of the Western Bluebirds visiting you guys! Similar looking to our Eastern ones... I vote yes, get that Bluebird box right now, if you haven't already! Mine has Chickadees in it right now... hey better than being empty!! :) I see Bluebirds around here occasionally... but I don't think they 'live' around here. Sigh... Thanks for sharing! Hugs!