Sunday, February 28, 2021

It's That Time of the Year Again!


On the last day of February...

..we celebrate that earlier in the week, the hummers were out in force.

On Wednesday the 24th, I had the first sighting of a female Anna's gathering on processed cotton to use in the construction of her nest.

No, it's not too early.

There's an advantage to getting started before the more aggressive Rufous arrive in mid-March.

Hope it works out well for you, little bird!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Saturday's Critters

I've counted as many as five Western Gray Squirrels and one Eastern Gray Squirrel all at the same time.  Plus chipmunks! 


They've found the food I'm setting out along the deer fence. 

Time to re-think this. 

Hot pepper foods maybe. 

Barry is now antler-free.

A basic brown brush bunny!

Here's lookin' at you kid!

Friday, February 26, 2021

End of Week Pretty Birds

Design - "Be My Valentine"
Chart - "Valentines"
Designer - BrightNeedle
Fabric - 30 count R & R Iced Cappuccino
Fibers - WDW & Anchor - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 17 February 2015
Completed - 22 February 2015 

Here's a recap of some ordinary, yet pretty birds.


Golden-crowned Sparrow

Female Lesser Goldfinches.

They glowed in the afternoon sunshine.

Pleased to hear, then see a White-breasted Nuthatch.

It's an atypical bird close to the house and feeders.

Typical pose!

Fun to see this guy.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Weekly Woodpecker Report


Design - "Be Mine"
Chart - "Valentines"
Designer - Brightneedle
Fabric - 30 count R & R Iced Cappuccino
Fibers - WDW & Anchor - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 22 February 2015
Completed - 23 February 2015

A female...

...and male Downy Woodpecker at the front feeders.

A female Flicker also out front.

And a male...

...and female Acorn Woodpecker too.

Something for everyone!

Wishing you all blue-sky days!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Wednesday's Walk

A short walk around part of Ankeny Wildlife Refuge.

Last year's nest

The earliest of blooms - Osoberry.

Ash trees in water with the boardwalk to the right.

Licorice ferns

See the bird?

A white-breasted nuthatch

Low-flying geese

More geese

A couple of kestrels


I think the prettiest of the raptors.

Do you agree?

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Breakfast Time


Design - "Valentine Bird"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Summer Khaki linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 2 April 2004
Completed - 4 April 2004

It's breakfast time.

Suet always hits the spot.

Those tail feathers are extraordinary.

Don't forget to wipe your face!