Sunday, February 28, 2010
With the water a bit lower, the swans are able to feed. They tip forward into the water to pull out the grasses they favor. One day very soon they will take to the skies and head north, all at once. It's a great sight if you are lucky enough to catch it.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Winter is still blowing and we have some winter ducks and swans still here. Here a pair of probably local geese fly past.
Aside: Spent yesterday at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show in Hampton, Va. Nice time! I selected some gorgeous Japanese, Australian and African fabric and can't wait to get started on a new project.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
A small flock of swans fly over. Soon they will leave for points way far north and our next visitors, the ospreys, will take their places feeding from the waters of the sound. Crabbers were out yesterday laying pots, staking a claim I suspect rather than expecting a catch.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I caught a male Bluebill in profile, so of course he will go on my next art pillow and I'm working on it now. I start with the image, print it onto silk fabric and then start auditioning my fine cotton and cotton batik fabrics to create the pillow. It's a freeform process, so each pillow is unique in size if not colors. Isn't that golden eye something?
The newly tilled garden provides a new place to forage for birds like this Yellow-rumped Warbler. A sunny day brought out the Cardinals to sing, the chickadees to measure a nesting box and a gardener to once again move the soil: all signs of a promising spring.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
A small family of swans lift off the sound. It was a quiet day and I could hear them 'chatter' and see them 'tacking' their long necks just before they made their move. The lead swan is a youngster, it's neck is grey and bill pink.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I am so enjoying this flock of Bluebills. I get to watch them raft up, fly around and come up close with the Buffies. The water is so high we are missing our usual Swans and the Ruddys have gone elsewhere. The recent arrival of this flock of 60 plus is a gift.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Since the wind and rain are in, here's a photo from late January of a female Red-bellied Woodpecker in my pecan tree. I never got the "red-bellied" name until watching the woodpecker in binoculars: there is a red blush on the feathers in the belly area similar to the red blush around the beak. You can see a bit of it here below the foot. They love acorns and pecans.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
One of my favorites, the Brown Thrasher shows up when the weather is rough. Peanuts are not listed in the bird books as one of his preferred foods, but he will take them. He is a great singer in the spring, a mimic like the Mockingbird but with a sweeter tone.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
The snow is melting, the birds are very busy in the sun. Blue Jays and Red-bellied Woodpeckers are re-stocking their caches of acorns, maybe a reaction to the weather. The Blue Jay has a special 'pocket' in its throat to carry acorns, often four at a time.