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cardinal waiting for safflower

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One to three inches of snow is forecast for today. I’m going to fill the safflower feeder for the cardinals now so that chore is taken care of before the storm moves in.

Charley Harper fabric

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I finally received the pile of fat quarters of Charley Harper fabric I ordered from Fabricworm–I’m psyched! I am a long-time admirer of the work of Charley Harper, so I was thrilled when I heard that Birch Fabric was coming out with a line of fabric based on his designs.

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These two prints are my favorites. Although I have yet to see a red-headed woodpecker in my yard, cardinals and nuthatches visit my feeders daily.

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This cardinal stopped to give David a bit of style and flair!

cardinal in repose

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This little cardinal was resting in the river birch outside my kitchen window. We planted the birch this summer, and the birds now like pausing here before they swoop over to the feeders.

the birds and the bees

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This morning I worked in the gardens early, hoping to escape the worst of the heat. The bees were working as well.

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Aptly named bee balm is their favorite. Their visits and attention to task have urgency, as if they know this treat will soon be gone. They crawl over the flowers’ bald pates and then dangle like circus performers from the few remaining blossoms.

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Lately this greedy little fellow has been a frequent visitor to the feeders along with his surrogate father. He’s a cowbird, the only parasitic bird in Missouri. The mother lays her eggs in other birds’ nests, leaving them for host birds to hatch and raise.

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In this case the adoptive parents are a set of cardinals, with the dad seeming to do most of the feeding.

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Although I admire the resourcefulness of cowbirds, it does make me a little sad that the demanding cowbird was likely tended to the exclusion of any baby cardinals–so it goes.

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This cardinal sits at the periphery of the gardens and looks longingly at the feeders–we call him Frankenfeathers.  He’s either molting or he has a bad case of feather mites–he should grow new head feathers in a few weeks. In the meantime, the other unaffected male cardinals pick on him and chase him from the feeders–poor guy.

I received a couple of beautifully quilted quilts from Lynn the other day. I hope to finish binding one today.

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