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    The next door neighbor is feeding mystery meat to the “birds”[emoji15]. This visitor showed up on my deck today.
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    A telling pic:
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I was around Rt 40 west and 695 last week and there were five of them in the neighbors yard across the street picking at the ground. There was no carcass but there must have been some remains in the grass.
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    Haven’t got a good picture, but seeing quite a few blondish red tail hawks here in MD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I was around Rt 40 west and 695 last week and there were five of them in the neighbors yard across the street picking at the ground. There was no carcass but there must have been some remains in the grass.
    In the late 80s, I was driving on a remote, 2 lane mountain highway in AZ. Approaching a curve, I saw a group of vultures by the side of the road. When I got closer, they turned out to be feasting on a dog who apparently fell out of its owners vehicle.
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    My biologist friend spotted a red crossbill by driving with her window open and hearing it's call. She pulled her car over to search for them and found them at the top of a spruce tree. Man, I wish I had those skills.

    I should also mention that it's been hovering around 10F this week. A bit cold for driving with your windows down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn View Post
    My biologist friend spotted a red crossbill by driving with her window open and hearing it's call. She pulled her car over to search for them and found them at the top of a spruce tree. Man, I wish I had those skills.

    I should also mention that it's been hovering around 10F this week. A bit cold for driving with your windows down.
    Crossbills are pretty loud and chatty. If you know what you're listening for, they're pretty easy. I still want to find one in Chester County, PA
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    I think my wife and I are going to take the plunge and get a "real" camera for our bird-watching activities. Looking for recommendations for a beginner's camera that would be a bridge between the iphone and something perhaps more serious down the road. Budget? Under $1000 for sure, would rather something around $500 or less if the quality is good enough. Thanks in advance!
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    I'm not sure what kind of camera you're looking for, but I bought this one a couple of years ago and am pretty pleased with it, as long as your subject is in good light. It's not very good in low light.

    It's pretty adjustable for a point-and-shoot. It's got a 30X optical zoom, which is good for birding. In order to get the Zoom in this price range, you sacrifice the size and quality of the sensor. Hence the grainy photos in low light. For outdoor shooting I'd recommend it. For indoor shooting, not so much.

    I LOVE the electronic view finder. You can adjust the focus of it so that you can view it without reading glasses.

    https://www.panasonic.com/ca/consume.../dmc-zs60.html

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    Something like this would give you the ease of a point and shoot, with the quality of a DSLR. Nikon is known for their optics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    Something like this would give you the ease of a point and shoot, with the quality of a DSLR. Nikon is known for their optics.
    I got the Nikon Z6 which is a mirror less camera, not DSLR. I find it purely amazing at capturing birds in flight.
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    On the verge of indecision
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