2013 and beyond

It's pretty simple: the most birds seen or heard from one's yard during 2013 will be the "winner". Want in? O.k....then do it despite that.

2013 promises to be a lot less mean but still a carbon-free birding competition, even if slightly less exciting than a MEGA x EPIC hybrid.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Oh yeah...

As Ben, I am in desperate need of some new birds as we enter the final doldrums of winter. Amazingly, as I stepped outside just now to look up into the snow storm I had an adult Herring Gull fly over. This species becomes difficult once April arrives and Ring-billed dominates our area.

It was also a notable sighting in that I currently do not have binoculars! I bought a pair of 10X42 ELs on eBay, which arrived slightly out of alignment. They are being fixed, and I sold my Leicas (to pay for the ELs), so as it stands I am trying to ID stuff by eye or using the $25 Kmart specials which have been sitting in our attic now for many years.


  1. Dude, that sucks. Shipping damage? But never get caught with out bins. I was impressed with a pair of 40 dollar Walmart Bushnells a student I met the other day was using. Really not bad at all, you should hit those up.

  2. Well honestly I'm amazed you identified it to genus Putnut. We all know you need all the help you can from expensive gadgets to figure out what kind of avian wonders are flying over your place!

  3. Thanks for letting me know I should never buy high end optics from eBay. Oh wait, I already knew that.

  4. Ben- I don't think they were damaged in shipping. But it won't matter either way b/c Swarovski's customer service is so good that it will be covered under the warranty which I also have b/c the seller provided the Eagle Optics (authorized dealer) receipt. So all in all if you do your homework I think it can be a good place to buy them.

  5. I was just teasing. Glad Swaro is hooking you up. They hooked me up with a new bino strap for free, and its not even covered by the warranty.


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.