Thursday, December 31, 2020

The End is Near


Design - "Oh Deer Winter"
Designer - Deb Jochim of The Stitching Bear
Distributor - Punch Needle Primitive Stitchers Magazine
Fabric - 32 count Toasted Coconut Dixie Samplers linen
Fibers - 
Started - December 2016
Completed - 30 December 2017

Yep, the Sharp-shinned Hawk was back.

House Finches watch from safety high up in a tree. 

This Lesser Goldfinch stayed tucked away too.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Wednesday's Walk

My sister and I took a walk at Delta Ponds . 

This time of year there are lots of Canada Geese.

I've gone back and forth with this bird: Ruby-crowned Kinglet or Cassin's Vireo.
Based on the size and the white/black/white wing bars I'm voting for Cassin's Vireo.

Small flock of Mallards

Female Double-crested Cormorant

Male Ring-necked Ducks 

Males!  Watching a female...

American Coots

They eat lots of pond plants.

Can't see the wing bars, but the eye ring again leads me to say Cassin's Vireo.

And here I'm going with Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Wing bar indicative of a kinglet.

Male Mallard

Black-capped Chickadee.

The bird is out of focus, but I like the structure of the willow thicket.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Interesting Birds

Design - Partridge
Chart - "A Prairie Christmas"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count Lambswool linen
Fibers - DMC - 1 strand over 2 threads
Started - 26 December 2011
Finished - 28 December 2011 

Let's take a closer look at some of the Flickers I've had come by. 


Here's a female Red-shafted Northern Flicker.

And a male. In both cases you can see the strong orange tail feathers. 

Tongue sticking out.

The male has a red mustache.

As well as polka dots and stripes.

Both have a black half circle high on their chest.

This female is the interesting bird.

Look at her tail feathers.  They are yellow, not orange.  She an intergrade - a mix of  a Yellow-shafted and Orange-Shafted Flicker. 

With lots of hawk action, the Acorn Woodpeckers have been AWOL.

It was good to see this one, if only briefly.

Monday, December 28, 2020

The Last Week of the Year

Design - "On the First Day of Christmas"
Designer - Sisters & Best Friends 
Magazine - "Just Cross Stitch" 2005 Christmas Issue
Fabric - 28 count R & R Kona linen
Fibers -
Started - 26 November 2009
Completed - 28 November 2009


This small Sharp-shinned Hawk has become an almost daily visitor. 

He stays for hours at a time and battles the Steller's Jays which are about the same size.

I also had a couple of California Scrub Jays.

Noisy and demanding, but also handsome.  

I could say the same about the Steller's Jays too.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Sunday's Hummers

I've had up to 4 birds perched and drinking out of the same feeder.

Three is the most I've managed to capture.

And it's always a group of females.

This guy is not into sharing.

I've gotten used to having a pair drinking.

It's no longer a big deal.

Though really it is a big deal.

Solo guy - I did see two males buzzing around.

In the pouring rain.

Can you see the raindrops on her beak?

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Just Chipmunks

 It's a quiet day today.

But I can always count on a chipmunk.

It's a lot of responsibility for so small a creature!

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas


Russian Santa

The mantel 

Another forest

A tree of Cardinals

The 'main' tree 

Bird House trees

Close up #1

Close up #2 

The Big Bird Tree

Acorn Woodpecker

White-crowned Sparrow

Parrot and Pheasant

Penguin and Cockatiel

Glass bird

Barn Swallow

Bald Eagle