a blog about what interests me! birds, baskets, butterflies, moths, biking.............

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Florida birding

We went to the St. Petersburg area of Florida for a winter break. Saw 85 species of birds on the trip. The yellow-crowned night-heron obviously couldn't read the sign! And the great egret in breeding plumage (I love the green near his eye).

Monday, February 15, 2010

northern hawk owl and gray jay

Went on a birding adventure today, north to Island Pond, VT to see the northern hawk-owl. An amazing owl, has been in the same location for weeks and sure enough we spotted him right away! Then we took a hike in the Wenlock woods to see and hear spruce grouse, white-winged crossbills, gray jays and others.
The gray jays were almost tame, they came amazingly close to us, especially when we left some nuts and dried fruit in the snow for them!
The only disappointment was the lack of boreal chickadees. Oh well!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Smithsonian Craft Show

I just heard I'm in the Smithsonian Craft Show in April. I had applied, was wait-listed and didn't expect to do the show. No one drops out of that show unless something serious comes up. Whatever happened, I'll be there and I need to get to work! with a few side trips to bird :)
Here's 3 new "teapots" I just finished.
Here's the show's website. www.smithsoniancraftshow.org