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Posted Friday 5th June 2020 at 20:08 by kennethwfd
My favourite bird.

This year, a new record for me, first sighting 19 March, previous 26 March (worst year the cold start to 2013, when first sighting 1 May).

As the threat of Covid was growing, comfort to see that life continues

One of the few wild birds that share our outbuildings, even a farm messhut, nesting while the kettle boiled below.

What a shame that someone moaned about the poop.

You are always welcome in my shed...
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There's No Place Like Home

Posted Sunday 10th May 2020 at 15:56 by Green Sandpiper
A truism, which has sadly become a reality for so many of us. If you're anything like me, you'll have spent the long dark nights of winter thinking of spring adventures- the days when our little friends arrive back from their winter holidays and deafen us with song, the days spent at the coast, on clifftops, in marshes, on hills and moors. And this year, this has been snatched away from us.

The (massive) cloud of wrecked plans, though, appears to be a new appreciation of my local...
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Invasive Finches

Posted Wednesday 15th April 2020 at 04:40 by Flicker the Halfling
Well you learn something new everyday. I didn't know that the sparrows and house finches were invasive. I just thought they were common. I came across this article today.
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Digis-scoping VS Camera Lens Side by Side

Posted Friday 10th April 2020 at 19:02 by lmans66
Updated Saturday 11th April 2020 at 16:26 by lmans66
April 10th 2020 experiment today on some pretty static objects since the day was very blustery and there were no birds to be had. So a quick tour of the neighborhood across the street was in order. The test involved the following gear: a 80mm Swarovski Scope with a NikonP310 Point and Shoot Camera with 'no eyepiece adapter' vs Canon 7D plus 400mm L lens.

The idea was to compare the camera + lens to a scope + point and shoot. The results are in the images...
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Digiscoping and value of Part 1

Posted Thursday 9th April 2020 at 13:27 by lmans66
Updated Thursday 9th April 2020 at 13:31 by lmans66
If you go to my digiscoping site at:

You will find a few shots of a few birds. A chick-a-dee and a bluebird. The following applies to the Bluebird:

The bluebird isn't a spectacular picture by any means....just a bluebird. But this bird was perched 60 yards away. That alone shows me the value of a scope. I was shooting at the equivalent of 1250mm in a camera lens. My Canon Camera and 400mm lens can't come...
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