Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday's Hummers

As of Wednesday, I had a Rufous Hummingbird lingering. 

The light for this series was perfect - the colors look so rich...

..with a dusting of pollen on the bill.

Same bird - different light.

I think it is a young male.  Can you see the tiny patch of iridescent yellow/copper feathers on the throat?   


...snagging a tiny insect for dinner.

And on to the Anna's.

A young male with a small patch of throat color.

On the look out.

An adult male.

Full color reveal!

Same bird...

Yep - same bird!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saturday's Critters

No snakes this week, but I do have a very nice spider web. 

And here's Mama Chippy.

She's a regular acrobat.

Looking down at one of her kids.


Several chippies on the woodpile.




A basking bunny.

He looks rather grumpy to me.

One of the Button Buck twins.

Yes, they are both inside the deer fence!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday's Framed Finish

Design - "American Robin"
Chart - "The Bird Collection - Part II"
Designer - Heartstring Samplery
Fabric - 32 count Picture This Plus Wren linen
Fibers - WDW & GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started- 2 May 2018
Completed - 17 May 2018

Framed - September 2018

My goal is to frame all twelve birds in this series - but I still have three more to stitch.

Parvati can attest we're having purrfect weather the first few days of autumn.  

My Juncos have returned in force. 

They tend to breed at 1500' elevation or higher, than return to the valley floor for winter.

The Steller's Jays have finished their molt and look much more handsome.

They've been less than pleased with the daily Cooper's Hawk fly-by.

Some of you have asked how my sister did at the Roseburg Dahlia Show.
Well, she continued her winning ways.

Best One Bloom Anemone in show - Sandia Brocade

Best one bloom A size in show - Snoho Storm

Flower of the Year - Lakeview Glow
Winning the One Bloom and Three Bloom Entries.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Flying the Flag

Design - "Red, White & Blue" (kit)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 32 count natural linen
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 4 July 2018
Completed - 25 September 2018

I changed some of the colors for the flag. I used Whitewash rather than the gray used for the house roof.  Also some of the red stripes were to be Aztec Red which is the color of the bird.  I chose to do all the red stripes using Lancaster Red. 

What's up in Birdland?

I'm hearing and seeing chickadees.

Lots and lots of Black-capped Chickadees.

They pose for me as they talk to one another.

There are also some Chestnut-backed Chickadees, but so far they've been camera shy.

I'm seeing Golden-crowned Sparrows most mornings.

And Fox Sparrows too.

I had one Black-headed Grosbeak who lingered long after the others had left, but I think it is gone now. 

And I had one more Western Tanager sighting.

I think they're the bird I miss most in the winter.

That bright yellow!

Such a pretty bird. Safe journey to you!

I do have groups of Cedar Waxwings most mornings and evenings.

CAn you see the yellow-tipped tail feathers?

More tail feathers.

This gives you an idea of how many birds.

And most days a Cooper's Hawk comes by trying to take out one of my California Quail.  If I'm around I yell and clap my hands to distract the bird.  Eat elsewhere please!