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    A futile attempt to replace my 10x42 Engage.

    Tract is returning the Hawkes to me. So worst case I'll have an expensive pair of Hawkes.
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    A futile attempt to replace my 10x42 Engage.

    Well this saga took a complicated turn in recent days. I returned the Hawke & Vortex to Amazon, and the Toric to Tract, or so I thought. 4 days ago I get a message from Amazon returns that doesn't make sense at all. In a nut shell it says that I have returned several items recently and something...
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    Camera straps

    I've been using this for several years, really can't remember how long. Simple and never had a problem. I carry a D500 + Tamron 150-600 attached. I do not walk much with it hanging off the strap. Though the strap will hold the weight...
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    A futile attempt to replace my 10x42 Engage.

    I appreciate the comments! You've given me a few more to consider. I had not looked at the Leupold or the Vixen, which are out of production and so far not readily available. Nor the Athlon. The ability to return without spending $30. is necessary for me to try anything else. Or a visit to Bass...
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    A futile attempt to replace my 10x42 Engage.

    Thanks Joachim, Not waterproof is a problem here in the Pacific Northwest. :) But I'll have a look.
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    A futile attempt to replace my 10x42 Engage.

    Thanks, Steve. Yes I am well familiar with balancing the two lenses. I tried multiple times with each to be sure it wasn't my error. It still may have been? I'm also going to have my eyes checked soon. I just wear 1.75 readers at the moment but at 66yrs there may be something going on I'm...
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    A futile attempt to replace my 10x42 Engage.

    For the past couple of years I've been carrying around a pair of Bushnell Engage 10x42 and have been quite happy with them. These are the better of the 3 Engage and I think I paid under $300 for them on sale.They have been dropped and banged around numerous times. The hinge is loose and there...
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    Cicada season is here in New Zealand!

    Where abouts? I remember cicada season in February/March on the South Island. Fishing was spectacular!
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    January 1st joint Birdforum list (2022 edition)

    I can't imagine that we don't have bushtits on the U/S/ list but just in case, a flock just visited my suet feeder.
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    January 1st joint Birdforum list (2022 edition)

    I don't think I've seen these two on the U.S. list? Barrow's Goldeneye Kildeer
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    January 1st joint Birdforum list (2022 edition)

    Managed to get out in the snow and icy roads here in Washington State. Trying not to post duplicates. I can add to the U.S. list: California Scrub Jay Horned Grebe Red-necked Grebe Dunlin Eurasian Wigeon Golden-crowned Kinglet Hooded Merganser Double-crested Cormorant Surf Scoter
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    January 1st joint Birdforum list (2022 edition)

    Just getting light enough here in Northwest Washington State to identify the feeder birds. I can add to the U.S. list. Anna's Hummingbird Varied Thrush Black-capped Chickadee Chestnut-backed Chickadee Song Sparrow Fox Sparrow Golden-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Northern Flicker Spotted Towhee
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    The bird you were most happy to see. Anywhere in the world.

    Probably the Snowy Owl that showed up, without notice, at one of my favorite little spots. Such magnificent birds! And this Banded Pitta in Southern Thailand. I missed them on my first visit. This one nearly ran me over!
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    Winter Hummingbird feeder

    Hi neighbor(Bremerton here), very nice. If they get feeding it will keep you busy filling those tiny feeders. I usually just bring mine in at night. We're fortunate to have little extreme cold here. It is supposed to get cold the next few days.
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    Should I keep a pair of Nikon Monarch M7 that was shipped with zero protection?

    Just a note for future ordering options. I just ordered a pair of Nikon Monarch 7 from B&H. They were $50. cheaper than anywhere else I could find, and I saved another $40. with their Payboo card=no tax. And they will have them here in 2 days free shipping! They always ship properly.
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    Who am I? Western Montana mountain area, late October

    Excellent photos! I so miss Montana. Winters are just too harsh for my aging self. I lived a bit to the North of you in Sanders Co. for 16 years.Then a few years in Stevensville, just across the river from Lee Metcalf NWR. There's no more beautiful place on the planet!
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    Leucistic Chickadee

    This little beauty appeared at my feeder the other day. It was dark, dreary and pouring rain. And it was elusive. Like it realized it stood out. It would pop in quickly for a seed and gone just as quickly leaving little opportunity for photos. I was hoping it would hang around for better light...
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    Would you report a MEGA in your own garden?

    Yes, after it's gone for documentation. :) The mobs that occur here around rare birds are my least favorite thing about birding. Too many seem to have no regard for the birds. I don't chase sightings, or "twitch" as you call it either.
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    Espanola, Ontario, Canada - Is this a juvenile Kestrel? Taken Sept. 17 2021

    The first bird is a Thrush, Swainsons? Second bird looks like a White-throated Sparrow. Wait for the Pros to weigh in for confirmation.
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    House sparrows dominate my yard...(Northern California)

    Thanks for that. I clipped the plastic perches off from my tube feeder, I fill it with sunflower seeds, and the chickadees & nuthatches are very happy! The house sparrows still manage to gain perch on occasion, with much struggle, but they don't sit there and empty the feeder as before.
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    Bushtits in Northern California?

    Put out a suet cake and they will love you!
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    Chipping Sparrow juvies?

    Thank you everyone for your help with these!
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    Cassin's Finches?

    Thanks all for your assistance!
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    Chipping Sparrow juvies?

    Thank you. I should know the White Crowned. I didn't see any adults. So many similar, little brown birds!