Sunday, May 31, 2020

In the Pouring Rain

Saturday was a rainy, storm day.

One small Anna's female braved the rain.



All fluffed up

Saturday, May 30, 2020

A Couple of Critters

I've been busy this week helping to power-wash the front porch, back patio and all of our many walkways.  It's done and looks great, but did not leave much time for photography. 

I did spy a gray squirrel.

I've finally got my front feeders set up so they cannot climb or jump on them, so the squirrels are hanging in the backyard for the most part.

And a bunny in the daisies.

Pretty darned adorable.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Cedar Waxwings

Design - "Cedar Waxwing"
Chart - "Birdsong I"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count Lambswool linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 19 September 2017
Completed - 21 September 2017

Beginning on the 20th of the month or so, I started hearing a high-pitched whistling sound.

Finally on the 23rd of the month I saw them!

A small group of Cedar Waxwings.

So for several mornings in a row I've found a group of birds perched high up in a large Douglas fir tree.

They then fly off for the day. 

I think they are among the most handsome birds that I see up near the house.

They do not ever come to the feeders, but will come for water.

They are insect and fruit/berry eaters.  I'll see them on and off through October.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Birds on Branches

Design - "Little Birds Calendar" - "Eastern Bluebird"
Designer - The Little Stitcher
Fabric - 32 count Vintage Mocha linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 18 May 2018
Completed - 21 May 2018

Can you count all the American Goldfinches?
And do you see the one male Lesser Goldfinch in the group?

I'm always glad to see a Black-capped Chickadee.

They are busy inquisitive birds.

Here's an American Robin...

...and a male Black-headed Grosbeak.

The House Wren is hanging tough.  Still looking at bird houses and singing his heart out.  Will he find a mate?  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Walk Around the House

For the last walk in May I though we'd stroll around the house.

The flowerbeds are a mix of natives...

...and hybrids.  This yellow daylily smells wonderful.



Oregon's native Columbine

Osier Dogwood

A native Bleeding Heart

Big Leaf Maple - a great crop of seeds!

The Elderberry is blooming.

The roses are about ready to explode!

Another Columbine

Oriental Poppy

Penstemon "Electric Blue"

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Big Birds

Memorial Day was hazy with high clouds.

But that did not stop the 173rd Fighter Wing from Kinglsey Field in Klamath Falls, OR.

They performed a fly-over honoring medical staff. They came up from Cottage Grove in the south, and flew over the three hospitals in the Eugene / Springfield area, before heading west to Florence's hospital on the coast.  

We got pretty good views as they headed of to the coast.

It made for a special day.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day

A holiday with meaning.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Sunny Sunday

Catching some rays! Fence finial Turkey Vulture.
Hope you too have an enjoyable Sunday.

Brazen Buck

We have a new deer.

It's this young buck.

He is pretty brazen and strolls right up onto the patio and comes and looks in the kitchen door! 

Not you!

You wouldn't do that!

You might though.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Morning Songs

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

A European Robin

An American Robin

Thursday morning I got a solo serenade!

From this guy.

A male Northern House Wren. 

He sang...

...and sang...

...and sang.

Sang his little heart out.

I was most pleased to enjoy this soloist.

It was a great concert!