Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Spring Break Birding

There are thousands of Spring Breakers on the island this week. We drove through the cars lined up to get into a big beach bar to get to the Birding and Nature Center. There is lots of room in the parking lot and Spring Breakers are charged $20 per car to park there. It's a great windfall for the Birding and Nature Centre. I guess we don't look like Spring Breakers because we just get waved in.
Buckeye Butterfly with damage to wings
Male Queen Butterfly
Softshell turtle
Long-billed curlew
Neo-tropic cormorant
Roseate spoonbill
Little Blue Heron with crab snack
American Golden Plover
White Ibis
Reddish Egret

Yellow-throated warbler
Hooded Warbler

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Green Heron
Pectoral Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Loggerhead Skrike
Queen Butterfly

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


I finished the second i-cord on my Starry Night cardigan! It still needs blocking and buttons but it's wearable at this stage.
The double i-cord is a very clever way to do buttonholes. Just skip two stitches on the second i-cord round for every buttonhole and do unattached i-cord for those two stitches. The buttonholes are indicated between the green and blue i-cord.
I made the lowest buttonhole closer to the bottom than the pattern indicates and provided for 9 buttons instead of 8. It took a bit of calculating to work out the buttonhole spacing but once the green i-cord was knit, I simply counted the number of rows of it along the right side, subtracted 4 rows from the top and bottom and divided the rest of the sts by 8 (8 spaces between the 9 buttonholes). There are also apps that will do this for you.

I knit the buttonhole front first with the 3.25mm in case I needed to make some modifications but it worked well. Around the neck I used a 2.5mm needle again as I had with the lime i-cord. This really helped tighten up the neck rather than putting in more k2togs. Then came the home stretch - the left front - and it was done!
As all the yarns are anchored due to the anchoring of the steek, I simply trimmed off the excess. No ends to weave in! I did catch a couple of ends as I was doing the i-cord (lime green stitches about 1" in from the edge) but all the others were just trimmed off. This is one advantage of doing a steek.
I will do a bit of steam blocking and see if that smooths things out a bit. I brought my little travel iron that has a steam setting.

Monday, 12 March 2018

More of the Same

It is much cooler today (19C) and overcast but we went out to the Convention Center anyway.

Again today, we saw the black and white warbler but this time I got some shots.
They're really hard to photograph as they're very 'flitty'.

White ibis were wandering around, much like chickens.
Over in the fresh water pond
Lesser Yellowlegs
The kildeer and pectoral sandpiper didn't seem to mind feeding in the same area.

Way off across the pond was this cattle egret in breeding plumage.
The little sprinkle of rain was our cue to head back to the condo.

Birding Bonanza

Skip and I went out yesterday afternoon to do a birding walk with Robert at the Birding and Nature Center.
Roseate Spoonbill
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Beat up Red Admiral Butterfly
Spotted Sandpiper
Long-billed curlew and Marbled Godwit
Snoozing Roseate Spoonbill
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-bellied Plovers
Northern Harrier

White Ibis with black feathers showing and 2 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Little Blue Heron
Black-necked Stilt (female)
Stilt and Greater Yellowlegs

Great Egret
Loggerhead Shrike
Butterfly garden at the Birding and Nature Center
Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary
Softshell Turtle
Green Heron
White-Striped Longtail Butterfly

Fiery Skipper
Then we went over to the Convention Center where we saw the rose-breasted grosbeak again. Our research tells us this is an adolescent male.

Northern Mockingbird
Then we saw this brown thrasher again.

There was a brief appearance from a Lincoln Sparrow.

Giant Swallowtail
A couple of male Monarch Butterflies
Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly