Friday, April 29, 2011
this wallhanging was STARTED on the day of Charles and Diana's wedding back in 1981. i got up early to watch the wedding and then spent most of the day at a quilting seminar at Stonehill College in North Easton, MA. i was working for a shop selling fabric and patterns. the vendor in the adjacent booth had some patterns and the feathered star caught my eye. being a novice quilter, i simply purchased some fabrics from the booth where i was working and started to sew right then and there, completely oblivious to things like bias edges and such. i chose these colors because amish quilts were my original passion. flash forward 30 years. just this morning i FINISHED the bottom wallhanging from some swap squares, again on the day of a royal wedding. how spooky is that?
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
sadly, today the chicks were removed from the nest and sent to the wildlife center for continued care and eventual release. it was determined that one parent could not provide enough food for the chicks whose appetite increases daily and one or more chicks would not survive. skilled wildlife caretakers have speedily set up a similar habitat and say the outlook is very good, since the chicks are older than most they get and are all in excellent health. an older sibling of the chick is at the center where he was sent and lives after contracting avian pox. even the tree service staff who facilitated in the banding last week and the removal today were filled with emotion over the events of the past two days. i am totally surprised how attached i have become to these wild birds just by watching them grow and be cared for by the adults. the wildlife center has been overwhelmed by voluminous contacts of those who have followed their progress. fortunately, it has resulted in significant donations to aid in their work and rescue efforts. ***** back to quilty stuff tomorrow, i promise.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
checked back on the eagle cam before heading to bed with my book and learned that dad eagle had been perching on a nearby branch all day and did eventually bring the chicks some food. he's an experienced dad so maybe he will be able to keep up with the feedings for the next month or so until they start flying on their own. even if he is successful, the fact remains that 50% of all eagle chicks die in the first year, mostly due to inadequate hunting skills.
the mama eagle from the pair nesting at Norfolk Botanical Garden has been killed by a landing US Airways plane. from the moderator, i learn that this mother eagle lost her first mate from a plane strike. it's terribly sad, especially since i've recently been watching her teach her 3 babies how to eat by themselves. they are nowhere near ready to be without her. it's possible the father eagle will step in, but not sure. he has not been seen at the nest all day either. waiting to hear from NBG what will be done for these little feathered orphans. all of us who have been watching the progress of these majestic birds are in deep mourning. i know, it's only a wild animal, but if you had seen her with her babies, you would be crying too. after having seen this bird care for her young through only her instinct, i am truly in awe of their Creator. God knows when a sparrow falls and i am sure this includes eagles as well.