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Old Saturday 4th May 2019, 10:51   #126
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Yellowhammer in a late spring snowfall this morning... And a Red Kite hovering over my home in the afternoon sun.

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Old Monday 6th May 2019, 02:20   #127
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Black-throated blue, black-throated Green, yellow-throated, yellow-rumped, hooded, and Nashville warblers. Veery, wood, and Swainson's thrush. Scarlet Tanager. Ruby crowned kinglet. Warbling and red-eyed vireos. Spring migrants are here, particularly the earlier arriving ones.
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Old Wednesday 9th October 2019, 16:10   #128
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I thought this was a good idea for a new thread on the binocular forum. Jerry
Still a good idea ... bump.

A day on the marsh today, too many to list, lots of nice Brent geese on the grazing, and waders in the margins. Weaver SS 8.5x45 today, so easy to handle and with a little extra reach.
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Old Thursday 13th February 2020, 18:49   #129
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A first sighting for me today of a long-tailed bushtit (Aegithalos caudatus):
http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/0Av...audatus_DT.jpg

I watched it with my Zeiss 10x42 as it was briefly feeding on a suet ball.

After a few months of seeing birds in my garden that I already knew - like great tits, blue tits, coal tits, greenfinch, chaffinch, robin, dunnock, wren, and several larger birds that interest me less - this little bird with the strikingly long tail and its rose-coloured side and shoulder plumage was quite an exciting discovery for me.
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Old Thursday 13th February 2020, 19:12   #130
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Egad, that is a sweet little bird.
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Old Thursday 13th February 2020, 22:56   #131
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Do beavers count? I've been watching a lodge for the last six months and it's interesting seeing how they alter the environment around them. They can be hard to spot because they spend so much time sitting in one place. My favourite moment all year was when I saw a blue heron grab something out of the water and immediately drop it, followed by a very indignant beaver surfacing a few feet away! At the moment I am mostly seeing mergansers and Canada geese, with occasional red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, and belted kingfishers.
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Old Saturday 15th February 2020, 02:34   #132
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For Binastro: Mercury seen from my office window, looking towards San Francisco. Clear night with lovely color gradients towards the horizon. I used a Swarovski 8x30b companion to verify, and then could spot it readily naked eye. About 8 above the horizon. Elusive little rascal.

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Old Saturday 15th February 2020, 07:49   #133
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A first sighting for me today of a long-tailed bushtit (Aegithalos caudatus):
http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/0Av...audatus_DT.jpg

I watched it with my Zeiss 10x42 as it was briefly feeding on a suet ball.

After a few months of seeing birds in my garden that I already knew - like great tits, blue tits, coal tits, greenfinch, chaffinch, robin, dunnock, wren, and several larger birds that interest me less - this little bird with the strikingly long tail and its rose-coloured side and shoulder plumage was quite an exciting discovery for me.
These are daily visitors to our feeders, often 4 together, sometimes as many as 8, and they are the most delightful birds.

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Old Saturday 15th February 2020, 07:51   #134
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For Binastro: Mercury seen from my office window, looking towards San Francisco. Clear night with lovely color gradients towards the horizon. I used a Swarovski 8x30b companion to verify, and then could spot it readily naked eye. About 8 above the horizon. Elusive little rascal.

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Two nights ago and several nights before that: Venus as bright as a diamond in the west. Just stunning in the early evening.


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Old Saturday 15th February 2020, 14:28   #135
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A great spotted woodpecker. Flew away before I could bring my camera to bear,
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A gGreat spotted woodpecker. Flew away before I could bring my camera to bear,
Spotted? Where are the spots? ;-)
Seriously, sometimes I am puzzled by the names given to creatures.
I still can't get over the Ring-necked duck. Show me the ring! Its about as evident as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The white-collared duck, ok, but not the ring-neck.

Here's what I would call a properly spotted bird. Naturally it's name does not include that adjective. These are common around our neck of the woods. The Northern Flicker. Lots of red-shafted, but there are yellow-shafted intergrades to be seen as well.

Shot last weekend, with my 'mini digital spotting scope' the Nikon p-610. I was also carrying a real spotting scope, and used the tripod, with scope locked down to rest my camera on.. Stability and high magnification are co-equal partners in a lot of endeavors, despite Rico's distant, echoing admonishments otherwise.

Off to bird!

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Old Saturday 15th February 2020, 15:59   #137
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Great Spotted Woodpecker:

Spotted? Where are the spots? ;-)
Seriously, sometimes I am puzzled sometimes by the names given to creatures.


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And its Great.
When you Spot one.

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As I was walking the dogs in the middle of nowhere (Worcestershire countryside) these 2 Peacocks nonchalantly appeared from the bushes and made a right racket when they spotted my dogs. Goodness knows where they had come from as there were no farms or houses near by.
Needless to say they weren't bothered and just strolled off into the undergrowth.
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Old Saturday 15th February 2020, 16:33   #139
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Its a Woodpecker.
And its Great.
When you Spot one.

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Old Saturday 15th February 2020, 22:43   #141
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Spotted? Where are the spots? ;-)
Seriously, sometimes I am puzzled sometimes by the names given to creatures.
I still can't get over the Ring-necked duck. Show me the ring! Its about as evident as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The white-collared duck, ok, but not the ring-neck.

Here's what I would call a properly spotted bird. Naturally it's name does not include that adjective. These are common around our neck of the woods. The Northern Flicker. Lots of red-shafted, but there are yellow-shafted intergrades to be seen as well.

Shot last weekend, with my 'mini digital spotting scope' the Nikon p-610. I was also carrying a real spotting scope, and used the tripod, with scope locked down to rest my camera on.. Stability and high magnification are co-equal partners in a lot of endeavors, despite Rico's distant, echoing admonishments otherwise.

Off to bird!

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That's an intergrade.
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That's an intergrade.
You are correct! I didn't even look for it. I went and looked it up here:

https://ebird.org/pnw/news/northern-...h-do-you-have/

Thanks for pointing that out.

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You are correct! I didn't even look for it. I went and looked it up here:

https://ebird.org/pnw/news/northern-...h-do-you-have/

Thanks for pointing that out.

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Bill,

We have plenty of yellow-shafted flickers in our PA backyard forest. In Alberta, we've encountered numerous red-shafted flickers but no intergrades. Thanks for the photo! We'll be in Aberta in June and I'll be looking for an intergrade.

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Bill,

We have plenty of yellow-shafted flickers in our PA backyard forest. In Alberta, we've encountered numerous red-shafted flickers but no intergrades. Thanks for the photo! We'll be in Aberta in June and I'll be looking for an intergrade.

John

After looking closer at a lot of the Flickers I've been seeing, I venture to say that many of them are intergrades. Here's another example.

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After looking closer at a lot of the Flickers I've been seeing, I venture to say that many of them are intergrades. Here's another example.

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Bill,
Where's the red nape?
https://www.10000birds.com/northern-...california.htm

We're on the wrong forum but...
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Where's the red nape?
https://www.10000birds.com/northern-...california.htm

We're on the wrong forum but...
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Hi John,

Yellow shafts, but no red crescent on the nape says intergrade to me, but I could very well be wrong. I've actually seen a fair amount of flickers with the red crescent on the nape in the last month. The message I'm hearing from local birders is simply that there are likely NO pure yellow shafted Flickers in the bay area. Just a lot of intergrades.

Its nice to have a little window of actual bird talk in the bino forum... But I can look elsewhere as well.

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And it is nice to see a bird here and to learn a new kind of bird exists: an Intergrade!

Meanwhile back in the world of binoculars......

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