Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wet Wednesday Walk

So, so very wonderful to have showers, drizzle, and good old rain!
There's a bit of a break - the air is clear - let's go outside.

I am watching this Hawthorn - the Cedar Waxwings should devour the berries when they are ripe.

Someone without tasting, the birds can tell whether or not berries or fruit are ripe. 

Ripe blackberries - even I can tell that!

Honeysuckle

Butter and Eggs

Native Dogwood leaves are now turning. It looked to me like all the fruit had been consumed. 

Snowberries

Rosehips

Oak gall - the parasitic wasp has grown up and escaped.

Acorns

A Western Pond Turtle at the Quarry Pond.  There was also a Belted Kingfisher, but it flew off before I could get a photo.

Pond plants in bloom.

Lupine seeds

Vine Maple

Blackberries and Rosehips - good companions.

Further signs of fall - the Bracken fern is turning color.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Chickadee-dee-dee

Design - "Black-capped Chickadee"
Chart - "The Bird Collection - Part 3"
Designer - Heartstring Samplery
Fabric - 32 count Picture This Plus Wren linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 3 September 2017
Completed - 13 September 2017 

I've messed with the beak to no avail - it still does not thrill me.  Someone suggested changing the color and making it darker.  As I do intend to frame this at some point I will tackle the beak again.  Otherwise, I'm really pleased with it. 

This guy thinks it is pretty first-rate too.

I did my best!

And I haven't given up.

The Junco says, "Whatever!"

Here's a Band-tailed Pigeon...

...and a smaller Mourning Dove.

Some of my many young California Quail.

And an unexpected gift - another sighting of a female Western Tanager.

She was a bit coy!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Next Up

I finished the Chickadee and I'll feature it tomorrow. So now I'm tackling the Scrub Jay. It has another issue in that it's name has changed since this chart was published.  The Western Scrub Jay changed into two different Jays and mine became the California Scrub Jay.  So I'll need to rechart the name.

"You can do it!"

Plenty of folks will be watching!

I continue to have oodles of American Goldfinches.

They are gathering in larger and larger flocks.

The rush to the feeders is a blur of motion and feathers.

Up to eight birds at a time drinking...

...and a couple of dozen working on the sunflowers.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Is Humming Along

I've been trying to get photos of the Rufous Hummingbirds as they will not be around much longer.  But, hey, it's much easier to photograph the Anna's as seen above. 

Okay, here's an Anna's on the left and a Rufous on the right.

Rufous - now I'm on a roll!

A Rufous taking nectar from teasle.

The individual flowers are so small, I'd think there was not much to eat. 

The beginnings of a throat patch indicate an immature male. (This year's hatching).

Here's my adult male Anna's.

I've not seen him for a while.

I do like how he glitters...

...and glows.

Stick around buddy!  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday's Critters

So is this cute or what?

I'm not sure if he was eating the salvia blossom, or just shredding it.

Someone has figured out how to climb up the front feeders and raid the stash of sunflower seeds. 

Please stay down at the woodpile.

The two Douglas' Squirrels (Tamiasciurus douglasii) have become regulars.

I've named them David...

...and Douglas assuming that they are named in honor of the naturalist David Douglas. 

They are very inquisitive.

And have quickly gotten used to my presence.

Parvati and I watch the Brush Rabbits most mornings.

They come out of the thicket to have breakfast.
Small bunnies...

Larger ones.

Eating sunflower leaves...

...and tomatoes.

Everyone loves a good tomato.