Today I added the 40th bird species to my yard list- the Black-headed Grosbeak. This was tremendously exciting because not only is it new for the yard list, it's new on my Life List. That makes 378 total bird species seen, 122 of them in Washington state, and 117 on the island where I live. I believe I mentioned that I am a geek. Shaun thinks it's hilarious that I keep multiple bird lists. We won't even go into the lists for butterflies, moths, dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, salamanders, reptiles, fish (freshwater and salt, with a separate one for darters), wildflowers, mammals (terrestrial and marine), seaweeds, marine bivalves, marine snails, freshwater bivalves, freshwater snails, and on and on. My Excel "Life List" workbook has 36 spreadsheets in it.
In fibery news, I have resumed knitting on the child's aran sweater I started in the hospital last month. I had gotten the body done (in the round) to the underarms, and most of the back (knit flat above the underarm). Last night I finished the back, and got to the neck shaping on the front. I'm not using a pattern for this, I was just making up the sizing and cable pattern as I went along. I think it'll fit about a 6 or 7 year old child- the body circumference is 28". This should be a quick finish, hopefully by the end of the weekend. I did take a picture of the progress so far, but silly me forgot the camera at home today. Tomorrow for sure!