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Monthly Archives: November 2011

30 Nov

If it weren’t for the chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers, my bird feeders would be awfully quiet and my winter birdwatching would be practically nonexistent. My binoculars and I would like to thank those birds for keeping things lively around here all winter long.

Of course, we do have other birds that stay with us throughout much of the winter. One of these is the Mourning Dove. On the Great Plains, where I spent much of my life, Mourning Doves were migratory. A little cold weather and the birds boogied south in a hurry. I remember a Christmas bird count or …

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29 Nov

We still have a little open water on the lake, though the open water comes and goes as the temperature plays hide and seek with the freezing point these last couple of weeks.

The open water has been attracting flocks of Mallards and rarely a day goes by that I don’t see our local pair of Bald Eagles. The eagles are often close enough to identify them as adults without the help of binoculars, but what a sight they are in the binoculars, just the same!

Birding binoculars aren’t just for birdwatching, you know. They also make great wildlife binoculars.…

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28 Nov

I’ve always been a fan of doing astronomy with binoculars and doing it without the hassle of using astronomy binocular tripods. Sure, there are times when using a tripod for your astronomy binoculars does wonders for seeing fine detail – yes, I do use a tripod when necessary – but the freedom of just grabbing your binoculars and then walking out into the yard to do astronomy is truly a joy. Just point your binoculars to the sky and scan at will. It’s quick, easy and oh so effective. You’re doing astronomy in a matter of a couple of minutes.

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26 Nov

Thinking of a binocular as a gift for a certain someone, but you’re confused with all the numbers and technical mumbo-jumbo concerning binoculars? I understand. With so many gifts to buy and so many things to do to get ready for the holidays, who has time to do a lot of research on binoculars?How do you buy binoculars? Let me make it simple for you. Let me make it simple for you.

An 8×40 or 8×42 waterproof roof prism binocular is about as universal as it gets in the binocular world. This may or may not be the very best …

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24 Nov

Birdwatching implies a sense of observing birds from a distance, typically with binoculars or spotting scopes. That, of course, is exactly what bird watching is all about. Feeding birds via a bird feeding station and then watching them can be done without the birding binoculars or a birding spotting scope, of course, but most of us who feed birds still enjoy seeing them up close in the binoculars.

The birds at our feeder, though, have become so tame that they simply hop over to the next feeder and wait while I fill an adjacent feeder. Distance? Arm’s length, if you …

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23 Nov

I’ve always associated Thanksgiving with birdwatching, though the irony of sitting down to eat a bird after you’ve been watching birds in the binoculars is not lost on me. Truth is, I’m not much on eating meat, but my husband sure is, so the turkey is in the oven as I write this.

In years, past, I’ve always celebrated a day off work that Thanksgiving brings to get out with the birding binoculars, even if only for an hour or two. Just depended on how much of the cooking I had to do and how much company we had. Some…

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22 Nov

The element of surprise is one of the many reasons I love birdwatching. On any given day, you may see the unexpected in the binoculars or spotting scope. The other side of that coin, of course, is that there are no guarantees when it comes to birdwatching. Birds deal with the world and their lives without regard to us. Thank heavens for that.

This fall bird migration has been one of my slowest fall bird migrations in terms of both numbers and variety of birds seen in the birding binoculars. Weather patterns play such a big role in the fall …

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19 Nov

I’ve seen more bucks this week than in the previous two years we’ve been here and this last one is the biggest, yet. Through the binoculars, I could see three points on each side with a couple of tiny spurs too small too count. Distance was about twenty yards.

So, just how useful are binoculars for counting points on a rack? At the usual 8x or 10x in hunting binoculars, counting points is going to be a short range proposition. Unless we are talking really large tines, even a hundred yards is pushing it. If you really need to count…

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18 Nov

Woodpeckers are such wonderful birds to watch and observe in the binoculars – they’re bright and colorful, often quite vocal and oh so active. Woodpeckers are truly a birdwatching delight and I never pass up a chance to watch them in my birding binoculars. Our neighborhood would be a dreary place, indeed, without our mix of woodpeckers.

We are fortunate to have an impressive mix of woodpeckers around the house. At any time during the day and in any season of the year, you are likely to see a Downy Woodpecker, a Hairy Woodpecker, a Red-bellied Woodpecker and the always …

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17 Nov

The trio of otters and the pair of Bald Eagles that we’ve had on our lake for the last month continue to provide Bill and I with great views through the binoculars. Lots of deer activity to view in the binoculars, this week, since the rutting season is in full swing. Never get tired of watching the birds and squirrels at the feeders with the binoculars, either.

Binoculars, binoculars, binoculars. I’ve never actually taken a count of how many times a day I reach for one of my compact binoculars or birding binoculars to look at something out in the …

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