It has been a full week of wildlife visitors, with lots of animals and birds stopping by. I give treats to some, and some I have to hold my breath not to scare away. There is a small herd of five female deer that live in the forest on our property and the adjoining properties. We don’t see them often, but this day My Sweet Babboo came in to tell me they were on the hill behind the house. We didn’t dare go out, as they would bound away, so I got the camera and took a photo through the office window. You can see that they sensed even that movement behind the glass and froze for a moment. Four are visible in the picture, the fifth one had already moved away. A moment later and they were gone.
On the feeder, I’ve been watching for species to come by so I can report them on the Cornell site’s Feeder Watch project that runs through the end of April. This project tracks migration patterns. On this day, a female downy woodpecker took advantage of the suet cake. Her mate came by, too.
Two blue jays appeared this week, they will spend the summer here.
Oliver has been here regularly for his peanut butter sandwich. One day he was on the veranda, flinging himself on the glass to get attention, little rascal.
This squirrel got a sandwich the same time as Oliver, but I don’t think this is Jack. It doesn’t have the little nip on the left ear that Jack has. At one point, there were four squirrels rooting around under the bird feeder, and I have lost track of who is who.
In the sewing room, I didn’t get very far on the Quilt of Valor, just a couple of passes. I hope to get it finished this coming week. I need to do that and get it bound so I can count the fabric out for Stashbusters on April 1. Yikes, that is Friday of this coming week!
I needed to do one more panel for an article for Madam Sew‘s blog. This panel, called Cultivate Kindness, was purchased right after lockdown started in March of 2020. So, yes, I’ve had it sitting in a closet for 2 years. I loved the sentiments at the time, and planned to make placemats with the trucks, but never got to it. Now that we don’t entertain much anymore, I decided to just put borders on it. I’ll quilt it, then put it up for sale at the quilt show. The size is good for a wall hanging or a child’s quilt.
This lone female wild turkey was in the yard when we came home one afternoon. She seemed hungry, so I gave her a quarter of a piece of whole grain bread in tiny bites. She made the cluck-purr sounds while she ate, so I think she was happy to have the treat.
Our cardinal pair came by for a meal on a cold morning. They are in courtship mode and it is just so sweet to see. Here, the male has just gathered a beak-full of suet and seed.
Then, he will feed it to the female. It looks like they are kissing. So sweet.
No one has moved into the birdhouse that My Sweet Babboo put up last year in the redbud tree. The wrens haven’t built a nest on the veranda yet, so we will wait a while longer to see if it gets occupied. The redbud is just beginning to come into bloom, and the birdhouse is in the lower right of the photo. The red building is my neighbors workshop, and is farther away than it looks.
One more thing to mention, you all know I am always on the lookout for new and interesting shows on TV or Netflix. Recently we have seen several that I can recommend on Netflix. First, The Adam Project is a fun, time travel, sci-fi movie with some really funny lines. Second, definitely see Rescued by Ruby, a movie about an incorrigible shelter dog that becomes a K9 police officer and her handler. It is heartwarming, and suitable for the entire family. If you enjoy period pieces, the second season of Sanditon has begun on PBS. I also have enjoyed another season of Sweet Magnolias, a modern time series set in the south on Netflix. We saw the second season of All Creatures Great and Small on PBS, and hope for more of that one soon. If you know of something new on Netflix you liked, do tell!
Do you have any wildlife visitors? What are you planning to work on this week?