Monday, November 20, 2017

Frost on the Pumpkins and the Birds

Design - "Hey There Pumpkin"
Designer - Hands on Design
FAbric - 30 count Jack's Rum linen (Hand dyed fabrics by Stephanie)
Fibers - GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 11 November 2017
Completed - 15 November 2017

I am really happy with this - I have fallen in love with Jack's Rum linen and ordered more - I hope it arrives soon so I can stitch a couple more designs.

Sunday morning arrived cold and clear with a very hard frost.

The bird feeders were extra busy and the birds extra pretty.

Isn't this Black-capped Chickadee lovely?

And so is the Junco.

The California Quail had to dash through crunchy cold grass.  


Sunday, November 19, 2017

One Lovely Hummer

I think all these photos are of the same female.

This one has next to no throat pattern, and I have one or two females that have a bit of color at the throat.

Did you know that lots of birds have an additional pair of clear eyelids that protect the eyes while flying?  Looking closely at this photo you can see the Nictitating Membrane - the 'extra' eyelid.  

And here's the eye with the Nictitating Membrane pulled back.

Several rainy days have limited my opportunity for photos.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday's Critters

Colder weather, shorter, darker days have made for some changes.

I am seeing far fewer chipmunks.

Generally just one hanging out.

Chipmunks hibernate in the winter, but do not sleep the entire time.  They wake up every few days, raise their body temperatures then eat from their stored caches, empty their bladders etc. Maybe even explore a bit, then return to sleeping for a few days.  

Not seeing much of David or Douglas either.

Have you ever seen a photo of a yelling rabbit?  Now you have. 

This doe was far more interested in Parvati than the attentions of the buck to the left. 

I've discovered that we have two large bucks. 
Buck #1 - note the antler configuration.

Here's Buck #2 - a very different set of antlers - more points.

Same mating drama behavior.

Another handsome lad.

Pouring rain does not appear to bother the deer.  I won't let it bother me either.

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Field of Corn

Do you craft in public?  I usually take a cross stitch project to University of Oregon men's basketball games.  I have about 20-30 minutes to stitch before the game, several 2 minute time outs during the game, and 15 minutes during halftime.  I often have people come over and ask me what I'm doing - I enjoy the interaction and opportunity to talk about cross stitch.  I worked on the corn field during a couple of games and then finished it up at home.  I think the corn field required about 1200 stitches to complete. 

Besides my small song birds, I do have a few larger winter birds.  

52 California Quail yesterday...

...but the star of the show was this grumpy Steller's Jay.

He was waiting his turn at the feeders...

...and got rather impatient.

Love this look!  

Thursday, November 16, 2017


"Hey There Pumpkin" is stitching up much more quickly than I thought it might.  I anticipate having a finish or two to share next week.   

What's a cat to do on a cold, rainy day?  Seek shelter in a protected nook atop the drier vent!  Cats = Comfort!

The number of kinds of birds diminishes in winter weather.  

I think you will suffer through enjoy seeing lots of Pine Siskin photos for the next few months.

They are my Outdoor Christmas Decorations.

Here's a close up.

The Black-capped Chickadees have been reliable too.

And so have the Red-breasted Nuthatches.  
Yesterday I got a very good look at a Golden-crowned Kinglet.  My first confirmed observation for this fall / winter. They flit about and thus are difficult to photograph. I am hoping for more opportunities.   

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday's Walk

November's weather has been unsettled - some days are gray and rainy...

...others are cool, but sunny.  Let's take a chance and go outside.

Look up - look up high! A great branch for perching.  A couple nights a week, I think a young Great Horned Owl hangs out on this branch.  Why you ask?  Well I hear him screech all night long and...

...he makes is presence known in other ways too!

Little tiny mushrooms...

Still some color in November...


The last good color from a Big Leaf Maple.



Most of the leaves are gone now.

I found this bird skull when I was cleaning up my potting area.  
Maybe a Jay?

My little greenhouse is on its last legs.  The right side has been repaired with plywood.  Sunlight and harsh weather are hard on plastic - it is brittle and the UV protection is gone.  I'll need to replace it come spring.  

But for one last winter it is snug with tender plants.

Right side

Left side.
On cold nights a couple of 100 watt light bulbs keep it heated well above freezing.