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Monthly Archives: March 2009

31 Mar

One of the things I stress with my bird watching beginners is to always look with the binocular and never assume that little bird down the trail or up in a tree is the same species they have been seeing all day. Doesn’t take long to show them why. That little drab bird you see without the binocular often becomes a wonderfully colored bird with the binocular. Optics is not just about magnification, optics is also about seeing color. A birding binocular is a prime example. That rich blue of an Indigo Bunting, for instance, sometimes appears as gray and …

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30 Mar

New moon this last week and for me that means time for the astronomy binoculars. That’s the good news. The bad news is no clear sky, so far, so patience is in order. My favorite astronomy binocular target for spring? Really tough to beat the Beehive on a spring evening in a good astronomy binocular. The view is not as brilliant as the Pleiades in my Nikon 10×70 Astroluxe, but the Beehive has an understated, elegant charm and it certainly fills more of the sky. When sitting on the patio with my binocular trained on the Beehive I can’t help …

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25 Mar

I know the weather in this area too well to proclaim that spring is here and no more snow, but all the birds are telling me that it is, indeed, spring. The Robins are singing up a storm every morning, long before most humans are awake. I hear the sounds of migrating birds at night as I sit on my patio doing astronomy with my astronomy binocular or telescope. For birds, this is the time to scramble and get that family going. For birders like me, it is definitely time to put all other activites on the backburner, grab the …

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25 Mar

I know the weather in this area too well to proclaim that spring is here and no more snow, but all the birds are telling me that it is, indeed, spring. The Robins are singing up a storm every morning, long before most humans are awake. I hear the sounds of migrating birds at night as I sit on my patio doing astronomy with my astronomy binocular or telescope. For birds, this is the time to scramble and get that family going. For birders like me, it is definitely time to put all other activites on the backburner, grab the…

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25 Mar

I know the weather in this area too well to proclaim that spring is here and no more snow, but all the birds are telling me that it is, indeed, spring. The Robins are singing up a storm every morning, long before most humans are awake. I hear the sounds of migrating birds at night as I sit on my patio doing astronomy with my astronomy binoculars. For birds, this is the time to scramble and get that family going. For birders like me, it is definitely time to put all other activites on the backburner, grab the binocular and…

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25 Mar

I know the weather in this area too well to proclaim that spring is here and no more snow, but all the birds are telling me that it is, indeed, spring. The Robins are singing up a storm every morning, long before most humans are awake. I hear the sounds of migrating birds at night as I sit on my patio doing astronomy with my astronomy binoculars. For birds, this is the time to scramble and get that family going. For birders like me, it is definitely time to put all other activites on the backburner, grab the binocular and…

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25 Mar

I know the weather in this area too well to proclaim that spring is here and no more snow, but all the birds are telling me that it is, indeed, spring. The Robins are singing up a storm every morning, long before most humans are awake. I hear the sounds of migrating birds at night as I sit on my patio doing astronomy with my astronomy bincoulars. For birds, this is the time to scramble and get that family going. For birders like me, it is definitely time to put all other activites on the backburner, grab the binocular and…

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24 Mar

One of the most appealing things about bird watching for me is the unexpected and new – no matter how many times you’ve seen a bird, it can still do something you haven’t seen, before. That’s yet another reason for every birder to have that birding binocular at the ready. I ALWAYS carry a binocular and it paid off this last Sunday. I was riding my bike though a section of woods when my raptor radar went off and, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the familiar outline of a Cooper’s Hawk, only not up in a …

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23 Mar

I am a sucker for new editions of my favorite birding guides. Every time a new edition of the Sibley, Geographic or Peterson’s hits the shelf, I have to have it. Not sure why, but it works out, nicely, since I usually have the old edition tattered and worn by then. I suspect it is because I love the artwork, that’s why all my guides use illustrations, rather than pictures. I keep my old birding guides, of course, and still have my first Peterson’s to this day, a ’47 edition if I remember, correctly. I am a bit less sentimental …

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19 Mar

Birders and other folks closely in tune with the natural world get a bonus with a free calendar. No, not the type of calendar you get by sending money or ordering from a website. It’s a calendar you get from seeing the seasons change in front of your eyes by the birds you see in your birding binoculars. Earlier this week was a great example. On my way home from work, I pedaled by a small lake and had the pleasure of watching a male Northern Shoveler (a duck) in my Nikon Premier LX10x25 binocular. I would have known it …

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