Sunday, 19 February 2017

Birding February 19 SPI

This afternoon, Skip and I went to the Birding Center on the island to join a birding tour by one of our Thursday birding colleagues, Robert. We learned last week that Robert lives in Wilmot Creek, only a few kilometres from our home in Canada.

I saw this long-billed curlew fly in and land on the flats in front of the pond to the south of the boardwalk.

This common buckeye conveniently posed for me beside another part of the boardwalk.
You can almost see the bright yellow feet of this snowy egret.
We saw two of the younger gators.

I have spotted the green heron a couple of times in the shade by the drain between two of the ponds.
On the other side of the boardwalk, the great blue heron cooled off. I've never seen this behaviour before.
On the north side, was a flock of roseate spoonbills in varying shades of pink.
I got a decent closeup of one of them.

There were two other green herons at the last pond. Here is one of them.
We didn't really see many new species but very much enjoyed the displays of the ones we saw today.

More Stitching

I finished most of one side of the hummingbird biscornu. There some other little flowers that I need to find floss for and little beads go in the centres of the blue flowers. I hope to make it to the craft store sometime soon and pick them up.
I have started the other side and unlike the first side, I'm using three different colours for the centre flower.

I just realized I stitched the top green part one stitch to the right so will pick that out and re-stitch it.
I really like the colours in this project - very tropical. There is a graph for a needle case which I plan to stitch as well.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Another Biscornu Started

This morning I sat out by the pool and started the next biscornu.
I didn't have all the colours available to me so I had to make some substitutions. On the way back from birding today we popped into WalMart to pick up a fuschia colour. Their DMC selection is about half what one would find at a craft store so the original fuschia colour I had in mind wasn't available so Skip helped me pick out one what would be befitting the ruby throat of a ruby-throated hummingbird.

You can't really see the white belly on the chart but it's there.

I'm stitching on 32 count linen with two plies over two threads. I may use lighter coloured fabric if I stitch this again. However, the linen feels really nice and the needle slides through it beautifully.

Birding February 17 at Palo Blanco Park

Skip and I ventured out this afternoon to have a look-see at Palo Blanco Park in Laguna Vista. There is a somewhat circular path with 3 bird blinds with water features.

As we approached the first bird blind, these two lizards were basking in the sun on the cement path edges.
The one above is a spiny lizard, but I haven't figured out the species name of the one below.
At the third water feature, the female cardinal was sipping right from the hose.
The mockingbird cooled its feet off.
 We also spotted a ruby-crowned kinglet but I didn't get a photo.

As we were heading back, I spotted this white-tailed kite hovering.
We spotted one here last year when we visited.

There was one giant swallowtail and this one which was quite small - probably only about 1.5" wide. Back at the condo, I scanned the butterfly book and learned it is a Fiery Skipper.
Back in the parking lot, this lizard was lounging on the pipe along the top of the chain-link fence.
We may return with our birding group some Thursday and have another look with more pairs of eyes.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Birding February 13 on SPI

This morning we went out for breakfast, then shopping in Port Isabel. On the way back to the island, we noted that the tide was going out and decided to head right to the Birding Center. We didn't have anything in the car that needed refrigeration so off we went.

Aside from the usual 'suspects' great blue herons, osprey, etc. we spotted this cormorant drying its wings in the sun. This was the best picture of the cormorant I took. Unfortunately a rock dove (pigeon) was behind one of its wings.
Along the waterway, the spotted sandpiper was seen. I guess he's a resident as we've seen him every time we've visited the birding centre.
A little while later I spotted him resting near the water.
Out from the boardwalk that juts out into the Laguna, we spotted lots of (aptly named) yellowlegs.
Nearby, several willets were working the shallows as well. This one looked quite scruffy.
I took this shot of the yellowlegs with my 'sport' setting. It darkened the picture and didn't seem to really be any clearer than on the idiot proof automatic 'iA' setting.

They were so close I couldn't resist taking lots of photos.
I only saw one of the baby gators today.
Over by the last bird blind, a big gator was floating around. We think it is the mama gator as it's not as large as the big one we saw yesterday.
I got a good shot of the blue-wing teal.
Back in the parking lot, I spotted another queen butterfly.
Back inside of the center, there is always a listing on the whiteboard of what has been spotted.
We went back to the deck of the birding centre to see what was happening by the boardwalk.  The waterway is being renovated and to get through the boardwalk, a piece of it was removed.
We got to see it being put back into place quite expertly by the backhoe operator.  It will be interesting to see what changes will be occurring over the next weeks.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Later That Same Day...

I did some more stitching out by the pool and got all the stitching done on the blue biscornu.

This evening I got it sewn together.
I just may keep one in every room of the house for those stray needles and pins.
 I still haven't been to a store where I could buy some beads.

This one is the same on the bottom as on the top.

I have some ideas for the next one. Pinterest has a wealth of ideas.

Blue Biscornu

Yesterday I started another biscornu. This time it is a blue one.
I sat out by the pool and stitched for quite a while. And will be going out again soon.
I'm almost finished the stitching and will probably get it sewn and stuffed this evening.
I'm using 28 count Irish Linen stitched with 2 plies of DMC 3842 over two threads. Including the border it is 52 x 52 sts and 3 9/16" wide.