Birds & Bread

The weather this week has been a mix of wintry fog and delightfully spring-like sunshine. I feel a bit sad that we haven’t gotten any snow days off from school this winter (I know my students seem to think teachers don’t want snow days but the truth is I probably wish for it as much as they do). However, I certainly don’t mind the little gems of sunny periods between the chilly temperatures and gray skies.

A bit lop-sided, but still delicious.
A bit lop-sided, but still delicious.

 

Earlier in the week I finished up the sourdough bread, two loaves of it. I was practically giddy taking it out of the oven. It looked so lovely: it rose so well and turned a lovely golden brown. I’ve made bread before and have had issues with it not rising so I was quite pleased with these loaves. They were a bit more subtle on the sourdough flavor than I was hoping, which is odd because the starter has been doing its thing for over a year now. I will have to do more research on sourdoughs and what would make the sourdough taste stronger or weaker.

To pursue some desperately needed outdoors time and continue my goal of doing more birding, I set aside this weekend for two birding trips. My friends and I went to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge on Saturday and the Skagit Flats on Sunday. Both were sooo awesome for great views, cool birds and breathing in some delicious fresh air and sunlight. Overall this weekend I saw 39 species of birds, bringing my count for 2014 to 60. Paltry compared to a Big-Year birder but it is very satisfying. Especially adding old favorites to my year list, like the Green-winged Teal, the Hooded Merganser, and the Trumpeter Swan. It is always wonderful to see my favorite birds over and over again each year.

At the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, looking out towards Puget Sound.
At the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, looking out towards Puget Sound.
One of the waterways in the Skagit flats, with Mt. Baker in the background.
One of the waterways in the Skagit flats, with Mt. Baker in the background.
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