New Sedge Warbler cross stitch pattern from our little summer birds series. The sedge warbler is a small, quite plump, warbler with a striking broad creamy stripe above its eye and greyish brown legs. It is a summer visitor, and winters in Africa, south of the Sahara Desert.
A new cross stitch pattern – Sea Eagle – is still in progress. There is not much left to do – finish the feathers and colour the surroundings. This eagle will be from the winter birds series, so please don’t expect a lot of colours. It seems to me that raw winter surroundings will emphasize the majesty of this beautiful bird. Do you agree with me?
The Trumpeter Swan is the largest of all North American Swan species with a wingspan of 185 to 250 cm, so it is the heaviest flying bird in the world. We have smaller Swans in Eurasia like Whooper Swan or Tundra Swan and some authorities considered them as the same species. The adult Trumpeter Swan’s plumage is entirely white, cygnets are usually pale grey. They are loud with their cry sounding similar to a trumpet, which gave the bird its name. Like other Swans, they often mate for life and if his mate dies, a male Trumpeter Swan may not pair again for the rest of his life. As I know, these big, palatial birds are the symbol of marital fidelity in cross-stitching, so stitchers often choose them as a gift for a wedding.
We have a new bird cross-stitch pattern, this time a big one. It’s a Wood Grouse, which is also called Western Capercaillie, or Heather Cock. It is the largest member of the grouse family. Male and female Capercaillie birds can be individually identified easily by their size and colouration. Our pattern presented a male.
At one time it could be found in all the taiga forests of northern and northeastern Eurasia within the cold temperate latitudes and the coniferous forest belt in the mountain ranges of warm temperate Europe. In Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia their populations are large, and it is a common bird to see in forested regions. However, the Scottish population became extinct, but has been reintroduced from the Swedish population; in Germany, it is on the “Red List” as a species threatened by extinction, so it has not been hunted in Scotland or Germany for over 30 years.
Singing during breeding season is probably the most interesting thing about Wood Grouse. It starts according to spring weather progress, between March and April and lasts until May or June. At the very beginning of dawn, the tree courting begins on a thick branch of a lookout tree. The cock postures himself with raised and fanned tail feathers, erect neck, beak pointed skywards, wings held out and drooped and starts his typical aria to impress the females. The typical song in this display is a series of double-clicks like a dropping ping-pong ball, which gradually accelerate into a popping sound like a cork coming of a champagne bottle, which is followed by scraping sounds. Towards the end of the courting season, the hens arrive on the courting grounds, for “play”. The cocks continue courting on the ground: this is the main courting season. (From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_capercaillie).
A new cross stitch chart at our shop presents Bohemian Waxwings.
These birds are social birds that form large, compact, and noisy groups-sometimes in the thousands – as they scour the landscape looking for fruit during the nonbreeding season. They dangle on flimsy branches to reach fruit or perch side by side in fruiting trees. Bohemian Waxwings live in Northern forests of Eurasia, Canada and Alaska.