I've been listening to my backyard since I've started feeding birds years ago. No matter what season it is I always try to pay attention to what's going on back there. Last weekend we almost hit 70 degrees on Sunday and I've been hearing a whole lot more of the calling you hear in the spring when males are looking for mates. I guess I technically mean more songs than calls … [Read more...] about Are Your Birds Warming Up For Spring?
Archives for February 2010
First Look You’re out in the woods, enjoying the first sparkling rays of sunshine hitting the tree tops and adding color to the landscape when you hear the stiletto, tailing call of the Hairy Woodpecker. You know their habit is to move rapidly from tree to tree, looking for choice morsels at each stop, so you are glad you brought a set of binoculars that feature the ability to … [Read more...] about Bushnell Excursion EX 10×42 Binoculars Review
First Look Many of the birds we head out to hunt with our binoculars are small, shy creatures that keep their distance. When viewing Warblers and other varieties with these characteristics, it helps to have very high magnification, which is also great for watching hawks circle overhead or swans drift in the lake. Finding the target is a bit more difficult with the Bushnell … [Read more...] about Bushnell Powerview 20×50 Binoculars Review
Every winter, I get an interesting mixture of wintering and migrating species to my backyard. Every year, Yellow Rumped Warblers are among these. I'll see them but not think much about it because they have been generally non-aggressive and somewhat passive feeder customers. They pick around the ground for tidbits here and there and don't really make much a fuss about … [Read more...] about Yellow Rumped Warbler Feeder Sentry
First Look Birdwatchers usually love all aspects of nature, not just our feathered friends. In pursuit of our hobby we take pleasure in hiking wooded or mountainous trails, negotiating our way over the occasional stream, and getting out onto the lake in a boat or canoe. A great pair of compact binoculars helps us get where we want to go, while taking in all the views and … [Read more...] about Leica Trinovid 10×25 Binoculars Review
First Look Since our bird watching often takes place around water, many of our friends prefer to have a pair of binoculars that is waterproof. We’ve seen broken or slipped straps, or binoculars dropped out of packs while retrieving a jacket, produce a wet end to an otherwise good – and expensive -- pair. Plus, some waterfowl fans even like to snorkel down and try to capture … [Read more...] about Bushnell H2O 10×42 Waterproof Binoculars Review
First Look Some of our bird watching friends have spent large sums of money for high end field glasses that cost well over a grand. As a result, they treat these binoculars with extreme care. They won’t carry them bring them whenever the route to the viewing spot features any climbing, tight squeezes, or rock-hopping across a stream. And when the first sign of inclement … [Read more...] about Steiner 8×30 Military Marine Binoculars Review