Sunday, March 6, 2016

Week Ending 6 March 2016

It's been a very busy weekend with a two day trampoline competition. The first day was spent watching and informally practising her judging skills. The second day was her day to compete. All went well - she won her section and was part of the top four from her club that won the team championship. Most importantly she's qualified for the national champs later in the year. Always good to get that out of the way early in the season.

It's really hard to get good photos of a trampoline routine - especially if you are using a bad phone camera!

The other main events this week were bird related. We had the first evening meeting of the year for our birding group. A members' night where people shared research results, photos, experiences, sound recordings plus other things they'd collected - feathers, nests and even the odd dead body!

We also took a field trip to the spot on the lake we didn't get to last week. Despite the very dry conditions we ended up seeing a variety of birds, including great views of Red-necked Stints moving into breeding plumage. The best views we've had of this species plus the largest number we've seen at any one time. Pretty sure they are gathering at the lake before they begin their long journey back to the northern hemisphere to breed.

Counting hundreds of small waders at the water's edge.

We had a couple of less than optimal days this week. An earthquake interrupted our sleep one night meaning we were below par the next day, and I was sick on another. Despite that  Miss 15 made steady progress on her regular work. She's continuing to enjoy the ecology class at the university, isn't hating maths (yet!) and has nearly completed the online essay course.

The university campus Miss 15 is spending time at does have some nice old buildings like the one above. Sadly her classes are in the less attractive, purely functional building below!

In addition to our regular ornithology work we watched a couple of short animated videos from TED Ed - one on migration and one on the evolution of feathers - and used this free worksheet to analyse the first one.

I continued to do plenty of reading. In February I finished ten books and in doing so fulfilled seven on the categories in Popsugar's 2016 Reading Challenge -  a New York Times bestseller (My Name is Lucy Barton), a book that is becoming a movie this year (Brooklyn), a book that you can finish in a day (Counting by 7s), a book that's more than 600 pages (The Brothers K), a book recommended by a family member (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), a book with a blue cover (Auggie and Me - I reread Wonder before reading this sequel so that makes two books with blue covers!) and a book of poetry (The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson). The first two were my favourites.

Linking Up with Kris's Weekly Wrap-Up.

1 comment:

  1. I have My Name is Lucy Barton on my reading list-- I'm glad you liked it so well! I read Brooklyn several years ago and am looking forward to the movie.