Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Walking in a Week


The sun is shining, the frost has melted, let's go outside.

The traps are still at the pond - I take that to be a good thing - the beavers are still free!

Cow's parsnip sends up new shoots in late November, the plants then sit and wait until April to do any further growing. 

Pretty red rose hips. 

Clusters of Snowberries.

A snow white mushroom.

The apply named Methuselah's Bread lichen (Dolichousnea longissima).

Pin Oak leaves

Lungwort Lichen (Lobaria pulmonaria)

Look!  There's a Flicker watching us.

Dorothy's Creek is running fast and clear.

Hazel brush catkins.

Love the mosses on this rock.

I'm hoping that all the other bears are fast asleep!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

One Year Later

I last posted about this stitch on the 12th of December 2016. One year later I don't have much to show, do I? I'm putting this reindeer back in my stitching rotation and hope to work on it this evening.

A year ago I had a Sapsucker sighting.  Guess what?

One year later, a Red-breasted Sapsucker showed up!

The early morning light made it difficult to photograph. 

I tried several different angles.

Almost have him...

Here he is in all his glory!

Also really pleased to see my female Hairy Woodpecker once again.

She's been AWOL from the feeders for a couple of weeks.  Cold, cold mornings mean that sooner or later almost everyone stops by for some much needed caloric energy.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Cold Stitch, Cold Birds

Design - "Reindeer"
Chart - "Tiny Tidings XXI"
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 32 count French Cafe Mocha linen
Fibers - DMC & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 1 December 2017
Completed - 5 December 2017

It's wouldn't be December if I did not stitch a reindeer or two!
I think reindeer would enjoy our recent weather - cold and clear.

The birds wait in the brush for me to put out food. 

A patient Black-capped Chickadee.

Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) on a frosty branch.

California Quail puffed up against the cold.

The female in front photo bombed the rest of the group.

Three guys.

Heading to the feeders (I toss sunflower seeds on the ground for the quail).

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Winter Hummer Care

The Thursday morning low was 22f! 

When the temperatures drop below about 28f, I take the feeders inside for the night, and bring them back out at first light.

I had a couple of female Anna's who instantly flew in for a drink.

They expend even more calories than usual when the weather is below freezing.

When the temps stay below freezing for the day, I rotate my feeders.  One outside, the other inside warming up, and then trade them out every 2-3 hours. 

There are little heaters for hummingbird feeders, I might have to invest in one.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

This Week's Critters

It has dipped into the 20s several nights this week, making for cold, frosty mornings.

The critters have been few and far between, though a couple of chipmunks still show up daily.

I did see a Douglas Squirrel earlier in the week.

Yes, I'm talking about you!

A couple of deer continue to hang out too, but no bunnies as of late.

This is a tender Salvia called 'Limelight'.

It's an ultra-late bloomer - it started in late November.  I've been tucking it in up against the house at night, and so far it has continued to perform like crazy.  The hummers love it. 

We also have a winter-blooming clematis that is loaded with flowers.

I think it is called 'Wisley'.
Who says you can't have flowers in December?  

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Santa Stitch


Back in the 1990's I used to stitch the newest Heart in Hand and Lizzie Kate Santas each year. I'd fallen out of the habit of doing so, when this year's Wee Santa 2017 caught my eye - more for the color of the fabric (Aztec Red) than the design.


Only three kinds of woodpeckers this week.  Here they are:

I've not seen a female Hairy Woodpecker for several weeks, but a male continues to come by daily.

The cylinder feeder is his favorite, though he also gulps down sunflower chips upon occasion. 

This Flicker seems to think that she can be a finial atop my bird feeders. 

She's kinda' cute!

I had to share this series of Flicker photos.

This male sat on a deer fence post and groomed.

He fluffed up...

Contorted to preen feathers...

Fluffed up even more...

...and contorted even more!

The Acorn Woodpeckers have been everywhere - including up on our chimney.

Here's two guys at the feeder each with a peanut.

Here they are again.

Woodpecker's tongue sticking out!

The two males and one female were all in this tree.

Here's the female.

Here are the two guys.

I'd thought there were two females, but if so that does not seem to be the case any longer.  Still three birds is a healthier group than just two, so no complaints.