Monday, May 12, 2008

Birding With Mike

Working at Eagle Optics comes with a lot of perks. I get to handle an excellent variety of sport optics, talk to great customers, and work with a terrific staff. I am also lucky to have coworkers who are experienced birders. My resolution to go birding has finally been achieved this spring by joining Mike McDowell and his friends at the Pheasant Branch Conservancy in Middleton, Wisconsin. Mike's extensive knowledge and willingness to teach others creates the perfect climate for novice birders. Birding with Mike has been especially helpful when learning about bird songs.titmouse.jpg

An ability to listen for bird calls is fundamental to the birding experience. However, learning to differentiate their complex lyrics is anything but foolproof. My new awareness of bird sounds recently disrupted my hurried, farmer-like pace of spring gardening. This Saturday found me obeying a Tufted Titmouse (photo courtesy of Mike) as he ordered me out of the garden and away from the bird feeders with his piercing whistle of peter, peter, peter. A Baltimore Oriole was just as vociferous in his desire to guzzle the available grape jelly. If I keep dancing to the tune of these guys and the other regulars, I may never complete my gardening projects.

With all the activity in my yard, I rarely go outside without binoculars. The Eagle Optics email special this week has a great mid-sized binocular you will keep on hand everywhere you go. The very bright and sharp Zeiss Victory FL 8x32 T* is on sale at a great price. Call soon---they won't last long.


Eagle Optics Staff

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