Saturday, October 16, 2021

Backyard Birding - Sparrowfest? + New Binoculars


On Friday Oct 15th I had gotten home from work and spent a few minutes 20-30 just setting at my dinner table, looking out at my back yard through my patio door. It seems particularly "birdy" and having a new pair of binoculars* I was geeked to check out what was in my back yard. Today, Saturday Oct 16th, I think I had some other noteworthy sightings, --- I think Clay Coloured Sparrows!

Amazingly I had some pretty good birds!

There was a very active Eastern Phoebe. 

White Crowned, White throated Sparrows, + a single FOS Dark eyed Junco

Field Sparrow, Chipping, Song, House as well a first ever (yard bird!) Vesper Sparrow!!?!?!?

For Warblers, I had Palm, Yellow rumped and Palm Warblers

I also noted a Hermit Thrush!

Unless I'm mistaken, I think I've found two new yard birds - Vesper Sparrow and Clay colored Sparrow. Both new yard birds!

Quick note on Binoculars - 

* With great sadness, I realized recently that I have lost/misplaced or was a victim of theft for my recent pair of Vortex Diamondback Binoculars. I sometimes park my car in my driveway and either forget to lock my door, or leave my windows open.

So I had bought another pair of Vortex Diamondback Binos (8x42). Shortly after buying those, I noticed that BestBuy had an open box Nikon Monarch 5's for ~$200 so... I couldn't help but pick those up as well. Then as I was clearning my garage out last week, I had found an old pair of Nikon Monarch 5's that had fallen under my garage landing steps. So I went from having 0 binoculars over the last 1-2 months to having 3 pairs at the time of me typing this. I had explained to my wife that even though 3 pairs may be excessive, ... I can bring my two boys out with me and they will have their own pretty awesome binoculars. 

Which of the two binocular brands do I like better???  --- I cant really say. They are both quite amazing. I know everyone has their own budgets and preferences for binoculars, but I am quite happy with $300 binoculars. I tend to lose them alot anyway...


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