Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Holiday birding

It's been cloudy and drizzly all week, creating lots of bird activity at my favorite haunts. Yesterday I felt like a little kid stomping through puddles and mud in my rain jacket to check out the pond birds. The ducks were out in force, and so were the cormorants.

There are certain birds I'm slightly obsessed with, and eagles are one of them. This evening while heading home from my birding I caught site of a large raptor high in a tree and thought maybe, just maybe, it was a bald eagle. I've read about rare sightings in the winter around our local reservoirs. I pulled over and spent a half-hour looking at it through my binoculars from every possible angle in order to identify it. When you want badly to see a certain bird, it's easy to convince yourself that's what you are seeing. I finally had to admit it wasn't an eagle but an
osprey.

I went to see It's Complicated with a friend this morning and oh. my. goodness. I laughed SO hard. After the movie we stopped by Macy's for what was supposed to be just a couple minutes, and I walked out with two pairs of pants, a sweater, and three blouses. They were having a really good sale. I desperately need new clothes and have trouble finding stuff that I can wear due to being short and plump, as well as hyper-sensitive to fabric (even cotton can feel too scratchy). So it was quite wonderful to have found so many soft pieces of clothing that actually fit.

Isn't this guy a cutie? He's Tiger, a neighborhood stray. One of my neighbors feeds him and I provide a warm bed on the patio. I'd adopt him if I didn't have two cats all ready. He's sweet and affectionate, and never chases the neighborhood squirrels, which is pretty amazing.

Did you notice I gave my blog a makeover? I've been giving lots of thought to the changes I want to make next year. Mainly I'd like to focus more on knitting, which was the original intent for this blog. I guess I've been thinking about it a little too much because I've had a couple dreams about blogging, and last night as I drifted off to sleep an image of Woodstock sort of floated in to my head. It had never occurred to me that he's the most iconic golden bird of all. I think I see a new profile picture in my future ...

8 comments:

Linda said...

Hi Stacy,
Your blog is looking lovely! Such nice photos of the birds in the trees... Thanks so much for popping by my blog, we also enjoy our bird life and at that lake down the road from us, there are so many different birds, we love to watch them. I absolutely adore ducks, I think it's the way they walk...
Have a lovely day:)
Warmly
Linda

Theresa said...

I love your new look! It is wonderful and I also love the bird pictures. That Kitty is sooooo cute. Hard to believe nobody wants him. I had dreams all night last night. One was about an adventure and Paula Deen was helping. Hungry I guess:) Have a blessed day!

Jane said...

I like your blog design! And dreaming about blogging, I think all of us knitters can relate!

Hilary Martin said...

I love the new look for your blog. I'm so jealous!

Dogwood said...

Good morning to my dear fun friend. Love the new look. Love birds. Love all your knitting projects that I will never have the patients to do. I really want to see that movie. Oh goodie...new clothes and on sale. Woodstock would be a great profile photo!

Rain~I am loving it.

Rachel said...

Woodstock! How perfect!

I think you should keep Tiger. He's so cute and cuddly looking.

I dream about blogging, too, among other things. Isn't that weird!

Thimbleanna said...

You're so funny! "I'd adopt him if.." It sounds to me like you've already adopted him LOL! He sure is a cute little cat. Your birding sounds wonderful -- I'm thinking I'm not sure if I've ever seen a cormorant? Maybe I have, but thought it was a duck?

Woollywotnots said...

LOL, I like the idea of Woodstock as the avatar! : ) I'm curious to know what your second blog will be. ATCs? Looking forward to the year ahead and reading about your knitting projects.