Friday, September 6, 2013

Imagine My Surprise

It is worthwhile to pay attention to what's happening
right in your own backyard.
I find lots of interesting things lurking about.
Most recently, while  snapping some last of the season
photos of my young hummingbirds,

a flash of yellow landed in the tree nearby.
Assuming it was just another American Goldfinch
(I have lots of them)
I didn't even look.
But, I did automatically pan the camera up and click a few times
before getting back to the hummers.
Imagine my surprise 
when I imported the pictures into the computer
and discovered I'd taken a picture of a new yard bird!!

This is an immature Nashville Warbler,
(Vermivora ruficapilla),
just passing through,
and a first-time yard bird for me.
A locally common breeder here in Nova Scotia,
as well as north central North America,
and preferring second-growth mixed woodlands,

the Nashville Warbler was considered rare in the 1800s.
It is one of those few birds that has actually benefitted
from the clearing of old-growth forests
for timber, agriculture, developement,
and greed.
Since I go out of my way to avoid those areas,
I've only seen one once before!
On the sewing front,
an elderly friend was recently gifted with an IPad
so she could keep in touch with her growing family
across the U.S.
Because she walks with a cane,
I made her a special tote.
I found the pattern at the Henry Glass site,
as part of the PDQ (Pretty Darned Quick) series.
Not only was it pretty darned quick,
it was lots of fun to put together!
There are more in my future.
The fabric was a gift from the lovely Lesley
Expecting an envelope with a few pieces of tone-on-ton scraps
so I could finish a small project,
imagine my surprise
when THIS showed up in my post office box!

Glad I wasn't walking that day!!
I usually do.
Thank you, Lesley!
It is a scrap quilter's delight!
Have a nice day!!
Thanks for stopping by.


Roy Norris said...

Its great to see a new bird Karen and that first shot really shows its bright colouring.

Our photos said...

Wow! A box with lovely fabrics and I see a lovely bag.
Lovely is also your bird photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

TexWisGirl said...

a gorgeous little thing! :)

Montanagirl said...

Lovely Warbler, and a great surprise for you. Nice catch!!

Judy said...

I bet you were quite jazzed to find a new bird in your backyard! Nice photos and thanks for sharing the info on it. It looks like we might see one or two in our area while they are migrating.
Nice bag and a lovely gift for someone.
Enjoy your weekend,

Linda said...

Sweet little warbler. What a lovely surprise for you to have him visit your yard. Great job on the bag. Love the fabrics you used. Thanks for the link. I am going to check it out. Oh that Lesley..what a sweetie! I am having scrap envy!

Sondra said...

I GUESSED the Nashville Warbler before I scrolled down so I was Really happy to see I got it right and that you got a great shot!!
OH a pile of fabrics is like good comfort food after a hard day~
The Ipad tote is awesome, what a thoughtful gift!

Kay L. Davies said...

What a pretty bird. How wonderful you had managed to photograph it without really trying!

Allie said...

I don't think I've ever seen one either, he's lovely!! So glad you were able to capture him! And what a lovely surprise you got in that box, wow. You're going to have fun. Love the bag you made!!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful birds and brilliant quilts.

Dog-Walker said...

Cute hummingbirds I've ever seen. I wish I could've seen hummingbirds for the bird study merit badge, but that's okay. It's the least we can do.

Dog-Walker said...

Wow! Those are amazing hummingbirds.

Carrie P. said...

how cool that you got a shot of that sweet yellow bird.
another nice surprise was that box for sure. a very nice bag too.

Vickie said...

Have you heard of High Island Texas ? My daughter lives there and there is a major bird migration there in the spring I think. Certain time of the year the island is filled with birders.

Lois Evensen said...

What a sweet little bird! :)

grammie g said...

Hi Karen.. Trying to catch up after a bit of not feeling so good!!
Exciting to find a new bird right in the back yard, and a cutie one at that!!

Love these bags , and a great idea for them!!
I sewed 50 of them slightly bigger, with a group that was sending them to school children in Africa to carry there books !! I had a devil of a time remembering to put the straps on right!! :))


Anonymous said...

Great pics of the birds and lucky you for getting the scrappy fabric. Oh, and by the way I really love that quilt hanging behind the box is there a tutorial for that by chance?
Thank you
smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

Binsa said...

Hello Karen, thoroughly enjoyed your post...fantastic scrap box...what a quilter's delight..Hugs lyn

Lesley said...

Great pics of your new visitor. Love the iPad case! Glad you liked the box of goodies!

Sheila said...

Thanks for identifying the bird , I have sen these on occasion but never knew what they were . The iPad case is great and I am sure your friend will love it . What a treasure box from Lesley , she is such a giving person .hugs Sheila

Anonymous said...

What a lovely gift for you and your friend :)

Kathie Brown said...

Congrats on the new yard bird and the box of scraps! You were the big winner on this day!