My cardinal visits againI know this is an awful photo but I was taking it from inside. I think it is my cardinal back again yesterday for a quick visit.
A welcome splash of colour in the winter landscape.
On the left is a bird deflector I have hanging in the window
(not lovely looking, but they work).
And very briefly went to the ground looking for seeds.
A second later he took off again, flying up sort of backwards.
Later in the day I spied him again and he seemed to be accompanied by a female...
I know you have to look closely to spy her; there is a chickadee just above her. Mr. Cardinal stayed on the ground and like always, this visit too was fleeting.
They were near the farthest bird feeders; why they don't come more often to get a few seeds I don't know. With deep snow cover and frigid temperatures, it must be a challenge for them to find food.
Speaking of which, we have added a third feeder to the front lawn group to help the birds and my black squirrel trio through this continuing winter freeze.
Meanwhile, cozy inside and stitching away.I have a fabric project on the go. I'm keen to improve my applique stitch so I had this idea to use something with a lot of curves and small turns to make me practice. I thought of various birds but I'd worked on a lot of birds during my felt ornament phase so I wanted something different. Not sure how I came up with the idea of a moose motif. But I found out drawing moose is a lot of fun; they are rather comical looking creatures with too tall legs on a smallish body and a too long nose/snout? so I drew many forms before settling on one, which, by the way, is not exactly true to the real moose proportions.
Still needs lots of work; I'm trying to figure out the embroidered bits. I'm thinking of bullrushes and reeds. I know that is the kind of vegetation moose enjoy.
And my cross stitched wren project is inching forward. I can't tell you how many hours of stitching this bit represents but those of you who cross stitch will know.
The nest just starting to take shape...actually I think this is upside down; never mind, you get the idea.
Hope your needle is busy too.