Tuesday, September 25, 2018

You've Probably Forgotten...

You've probably forgotten that "Liberty 1776" was part of my stitching rotation as I've not worked on it in weeks.  I spend one day stitching away and got the date done and the borders of the remaining pennies, and the second vine started.

On Monday I devoted the bird photos to the Pileated Woodpecker. The other woodpeckers demanded equal time, so here they are. 

I've been so pleased to have a couple of Downy Woodpeckers including this male hanging about. You can get an idea of his size in comparison to the Towhee.

Here's a female.

And here are both birds sharing a mullein plant.

The female is a little sweetie.

Look at the male's tail feathers!

Here he's holding his own against a Song Sparrow.

Here's a female Hairy Woodpecker.

She does a nice job as a bird model.

Ad she doesn't have a 'bad' side.

The Acorn Woodpeckers are around...male...

...and female.

This is the female...

...and here are two males - so I have at least three birds.

Last but not least, an obligatory Flicker photo!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Red White and Black

I picked up this L*K stitch once again. I am determined to finish the flag!
This stitch is red, white, and blue, by my header says red, white and black...
because...

On Friday morning this magnificent red, white, and black bird flew in for a good look.

It's a male Pileated Woodpecker.  He got engaged in aerial combat with a Cooper's Hawk before both large birds decided they each could hang out in their own (separate) tree.

I owe some of the clarity of these photos to the great zoom capabilities of my camera.  See the shining bright eye?

I probably had a good ten minutes with the bird before he moved on.


The red on the head - intense in the sunlight.

Working on a small hole.

In profile.

Chipping away.

See his tongue?  It is long and sticky - the better to grasp insects from inside the tree branch. 

He'd been hanging around the edges of field of vision for the past couple of days...

Today he picked a tree in the backyard.

As you can see I could not stop at one or two photos...

...there were lots of great ones.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Perhaps someday you'd consider eating at my suet  feeders. 


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday's Hummers

You probably thought that this post would just be of Anna's Hummingbirds. 

That's what I thought too.

And there is certainly nothing wrong with that.

The female...

...and male Anna's are wonderful.

Truly!

But on the 18th I was surprised to see this bird.

It's a Rufous! 

And I've seen it every day since Tuesday. 

I'm not sure how much longer it will hang around.

But it is a treat to have it.

The Anna's are fighting with it.

'Cause that's what they do!

Though they hang out together without battles.

Hummers - the Chichuahuas of the bird world! 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday's Critters


My snake came back.

If you can suffer through three photos...

...we'll get on to cuter critters.

The chipmunks have learned to climb the shepherd's hook and eat out of this platform birdfeeder.

Yes, the bunny can crawl under the deer fence, but I thought this photo was adorable.

Big nose bunny.

Little bunny.

No ears!

Fooled you!  They're just flat back on his head.

Deer and bunny.

Sleepy fawn.

Really, really sleepy!

Both of them.

I learned something new after observing the two fawns, I noticed bumps on their hands.  They are both young males - called Button Bucks - the pre-antlers appear at age 4-5 months.