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About asque2000

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    Dr. Sethie D.
  • Birthday 01/08/1985

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    Biddeford, ME
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  1. New lens from Nikon

    Holy smokes, that’s an awful lot for what you get! The f/4 is nice and all, but when you switch to the teleconverter, you’ve essentially got the 200-500mm going for $1,300. Further you could also get the 80-400mm for an additional $2K and you’re still at a third of the cost of this one! Is the convenience of not having to switch lenses worth and addition $8K?
  2. Major dips in 2018

    I (and many others) dipped on a Varied Thrush spotted near the Maine/NH border. It's a tale as old as time, a non-birder posted a picture of a "robin" which in fact was the VT. There was a mad rush to get down the next day, and sure enough, nothing. There was an overwintering Hermit Thrush which was nice, but no VT.
  3. What is your favorite bird?

    Magnolia Warbler Magnolia Warbler by Seth Davis, on Flickr
  4. #ABArare

    Many people and the ABA would be very disappointed if that were the case.
  5. First Bird of 2018

    I wanted to make an effort to get something slightly unusual (a Snowy Owl) as my first of 2018, but I totally forgot about the plan in the morning, and I grabbed a cup of coffee and saw the American Goldfinches outside my window
  6. Attracting birds

    It usually takes 2-4 weeks for a feeder to get established, I'm not sure how long you've had your feeders up but if it's within that threshold, give it more time. If not, you may need to consider what food you are offering. Plain ol' black oil sunflower seeds tends to be the best. Also consider your feeder set up. Usually platform feeders get the most variety of birds, but they require more maintenance.
  7. Angina or Cormorant?

    My heart hurts...
  8. Headlamp for owling

    It's not optimal to shine light on owls at night. I won't claim to be an expert on the subject, but it should seem obvious that an organism that has eyes specially developed for nocturnal vision, sudden bursts of light are going to disrupt that. It likely won't be permanent, but it will disrupt normal function (ABA listing snobs may claim a temporarily blinded owl isn't countable). There are two options that I feel would be better than lighting up owls, one is check out a night vision monocular. I know the National Geographic store has them, but you can find them around on the internet, they're not too terribly expensive. They're pretty neat, they don't blind the owl and the resolution is good enough for ID. If that won't suffice, consider a headlamp that has a red light. The longer wavelength is better suited for preserving night vision in people, and I assume it would function well with owls.
  9. Not yet, but I think a few of them are going to be my X-mas gift this year!
  10. This is a good question, but hard to answer, and it really comes down to how much effort are you willing to put into feeding birds and maintaining feeders. First and foremost, if you are going to feed birds you need to be responsible. This means you need to regularly clean your feeders and ensure that your station is safe and healthy. It's just not fair to attract birds to food only to have them get a disease or be easy targets for outdoor cats etc. There are a lot of options that will attract the birds you are looking for and a tube feeder is a good start, however as mentioned above cheap plastic feeders are hard to clean and will break very quickly with exposure to the elements. If I were you I would invest in a really nice tube feeder like a Brome Squirrel Buster (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=12394&cmpid=10cseYY&ref=XXXX&subref=AA&gclid=CjwKCAiAvMPRBRBIEiwABuO6qYGXtY5gbPBHSOdG2QrcQXajDkBwrKL_IoM5s-KdQEnl_oraKS52VxoC0JMQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds). I would recommend the optional plastic rain guard to help make your seed last long even through rain storms. Avoid using seed mixes as a lot of times they are junk, just plain black oil sunflower seeds work great, and if you're concerned about your lawn and shells get the hulled sunflower seeds. With this feeder I find it is pretty easy to clean and only requires it roughly every time it is depleted which it can go for 2-4 weeks on a fill up. The best way to attract the greatest variety of birds would be to use a platform feeder like (http://www.birdschoice.com/our-products/bird-feeders/green-solutions-large-hanging-tray-feeder). The only downsides are A. you go through more seed and you probably need to fill it daily (it's ok to use mixes in these) and B. it really needs to be cleaned often. When birds are chowing down, they poop, and the poop doesn't fall to the ground like on a tube feeder it stays there and mixes with the food thus if gone unchecked, disease can spread quickly. A good hose down in the morning is usually good, but an actual soap/water wash is necessary every 1-2 weeks. This may be more information than you needed, but it's always good to invest in good high quality feeders.
  11. #ABArare

    Pretty sure this is the ABA rarest bird I've ever seen! Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick Canada! Mistle Thrush! First N. American record!!! by Seth Davis, on Flickr
  12. Warbler?

    It could be a YRWA that lacks yellow pigment. There's a name for that in some book I have somewhere, but this bird is definitely interesting looking.
  13. It depends on your definition of cheap-ish. For the money the Nikon Prostaff 5 20-60x82 is the best scope per dollar. Above 40x the image really degrades as it doesn't have ED glass or anything, but it's the best sub-$1000 scope in my opinion. https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Prostaff-5-20-60x82-Fieldscope/dp/B00P6LZKSA Alternatively, I have no experience with it, but I've heard good things about the Celestron Hummingbird. It doesn't really give you much over a pair of binoculars but it's super compact and does have decent glass in it. https://www.opticsplanet.com/reviews/reviews-celestron-hummingbird-9-27x56mm-angled-ed-micro-spotting-scopes.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAgZTRBRDmARIsAJvVWAuzS19O7ga6G4a23K7EVQTRElM2Gzm7nZ85wDVFzNegpHgfkSOuZSEaAp-jEALw_wcB
  14. Fall Issue of The Wrong-eared Owl is out!

    A colleague sent this to me and I was SUPER impressed with everything. Fantastic work!