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Smith & Bybee Lakes 12.26.11

It was 35 degrees today, and a pretty foggy morning. Not the best day to see things out on the open water but a great day for birdwatching in the trees.

The trees have now dropped all their leaves, branches completely bare. The leaves on the ground are all brown and sopping wet from rain.

The water level was lower than when I was out last in November. I could walk further out again at Smith Lake, but not as far out as I could in October.

The downy woodpeckers were all over the place. And the coots were also plentiful.

I heard a Red Tailed Hawk call twice. I looked for it but never saw it. I also saw a pair of some other hawk, maybe Coopers by the shape, but it was hard to tell, I didn’t get a good look at them since they were black silouettes against the white sky.¬† There were also quite a few ducks on the water that I couldn’t identify.

Bird list for today:

  • Coot
  • Gull
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Common Merganser
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Bufflehead
  • Dark Eyed Junco
  • Bewicks Wren
  • Song Sparrow
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Towhee
  • Varied Thrush
  • Robin
  • Scrub Jay
  • House Sparrow
  • Chickadee
  • Starling
  • Wood Duck
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Ruby Crowned Kinglet
  • Golden Crowned Kinglet
  • Brown Creeper
  • American Wigeon
  • Great Blue Heron
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Scarves

The cold weather is upon us, and that makes me excited for my favorite winter accessory…. scarves!

So I did a few quick crochet ruffle scarves. They are simple and fast but add a quick bit of glamour to any outfit. I made a dark blue first, then a sparkly black one.

A basic knit cowl is also fun and keeps your neck warm. A blocky one in warm, golden yellow, and a simple star-stitch in red.

Then I just spent about a week making a nice, long, diamond scarf. This is a really nice pattern.

Now that I’ve got scarves worked out of my system for awhile, I think I’ll turn put my creative hat on and work on something original.