Monday, July 31, 2023

Bird Babies - Part 3


Design - "Liberty" (kit)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 32 count Light Mocha Belfast
Fibers - GAST & DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 4 July 2015
Completed - 8 July 2015

In my typical scattered stitching fashion, I managed to stitch the border using the color that was meant for the stars.  So rather than rip out the entire border, I chose to stitch the stars using GAST "Gold Leaf".  I guess you could say I personalized this design!  Thanks again to Chris for passing on the chart to me.

And now the woodpeckers!
Everyone seems to be later this year than in past years.

This is an adult male Hairy Woodpecker.
Not the spot of red on the back of the head.

This is a newly fledged Hairy Woodpecker.

The red is on top of the head and both young males and females have this marking.

Adult on the top, juvenile on the bottom.

I did not manage to get photos of feeding, but the young bird was successful in getting the adult to eed it.

Adult male Flicker.

And here's a series of an adult feeding a young Flicker.

In this case, young male Flickers have a pale mustache.

So I think the young bird is a female.

It seems like I see adult males feeding newly fledged birds far more frequently than adult females.

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Sunday's Hummers

Mostly Anna's this week.

Just one photo of a Rufous.

Young Anna's

Anna's up high!

Back on a feeder.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Saturday's Critters

Here we go!

Brush Rabbit - not seeing many of them this summer.

It's hot and everyone is thirsty. 

And I mean everyone!

There's a set of twin fawns regularly coming by with their mother.
Twin #1 

Twin #2

They are very cute.

And inseperable.

So lots of photos of them.

Here's Oliver!

And this is NOT Barry.
This Buck was in distress.  As you can see the left antler has been torn off while still in velvet.  The poor buck was trying to shake it off, but it was still partially attached. The antlers at this stage are covered in velvet which is a soft membrane with a rich supply of blood and nutrients from the veins that are on the outside of the antlers. It must be extremely painful to lose one at this stage.

Friday, July 28, 2023

Bird Babies - Part 2

Design - "Liberty"
Designer - Lizzie Kate
FAbric - 32 count Light Mocha Belfast linen
Fibers -  GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 9 July 2015
Completed - 10 July 2015

I changed GAST "Oatmeal" to WDW "Whitewash", and also added the red and white star button.  This freebie can be found on Lizzie Kate's website.

So this is rather usual!

As of Wednesday 7/26, it appears that I still have an active Violet-green Swallow nest.

Again, sadly it appears to be a single parent situation, which is less than ideal for providing enough food for the babies. 

But I am only seeing / hearing one adult bird flying about.

There is at least one youngster in the nest.

I hope it is able to successfully fledge before it gets really hot when August rolls around.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Bird Babies - Part 1

Design - "Liberty 1776"
Designer - Little House Needleworks
Fabric - 30 count Cocoa WDW linen
Fibers - Crescent Colours & GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 13 August 2012
Completed - 1 November 2018 

So relieved to finally see a small family of California Quail.

I've been waiting and waiting.

There are nine babies.

They look quite young to me.

And unfortunately, it appears that this is a single parent family.

No sign of a female, but Papa Quail was taking his duties very seriously.

So darned cute!

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Wednesday's Walk Around the House

Not much energy today, so a stroll around the house... 

The Douglas fir trees are getting so tall, it's hard for me to see this Red Elderberry.

Most of the blossoms have gone to seed, but this one is lagging behind.

The roses are earning their keep.

The second flush is worth enjoying.

Fewer blooms and those are smaller, but still very pretty.

My all time favorite lily.

This clematis is small, but the periwinkle blossoms are exquisite. 

In July and August the Rudbeckia come up in full force.

And a small low growing plant that the hummingbirds love!