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  1. @Bird Brain et.al.  Probably won't be seeing much of me for a while either - just had to make the hardest decision of my life and check my dear wife into a hopefully short term stay at a mental institution. Lifelong chronic pain, plus some rough things/grief in life recently and add on top a case of postpartum that turned really scary pretty quickly. Not sleeping well for over a month eventually turned into 3 hours total sleep in the past 7 days and took her mind with it. 😢 Not sure how anyone could keep going as long as she did. Anyhow I've got plenty of good help around but still trying to give 3 little kids 4 mo - 4 yrs as normal of a life as possible and also catch up on some things that have been neglected far too long at home while trying to fight this. 

    Plenty of prayers appreciated - God definitely has had his hand in all of this even down to a last minute bed opening up in the facility 10 min from home just a couple hours before they were planning to transport her to the next nearest available place that would have been a 4-6 hr drive round trip.

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  2. birdie 🦅 #183: 🟥🟥🟥🟥🟥🟩


    First two were just guesses with a bunch of common words to hopefully get a strike and get a couple more pictures. Next 3 were all in range but not quite there. Finally decided to go looking in Merlin since I had run out of family names to guess.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Bird Brain said:

    Hi, Kevin. Thanks for checking in on me!

    I'm hanging in there, going through some not so pleasant times. Two years ago my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, unfortunately. That has pretty much ended my birding days. I haven't been birding but a few times since then, none at all in over a year. I spend almost all my time at home taking care of her. I want to keep her home as long as possible. I'm not complaining, that's just the hand that life has dealt. We had many good years together, and that's what I want to remember.

    I'm on here every day (automatic login), and read what's going on and enjoy the site. I just don't have much to contribute but I keep up with it as time permits.

    Thanks again for asking!! 🙂


    Make sure you at least take the time to enjoy the ones out the window - it's one of the ways I help deal with caregiver fatigue. ❤️

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  4. On 11/1/2022 at 3:01 PM, IKLland said:

    Do you still use these? I’m probably going to get a pair. 

    That's what carry with me in the truck every day. I also have a pair of the crossfire that I won in a contest - I don't like them as well. Not necessarily the image quality but just the fit and feel - honestly might just be simply because they're different and I've used the D-backs so long they are like a bionic extention of me.

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  5. I saw a lifer today - I just don't know which one 😄     I was out at the Oregon Coast for a couple of hours with my wife today. A really nasty rainy, blustery day but we had one of the most popular beaches in the state to ourselves for a few minutes and only saw a very few people.  Saw a couple of scoter sp. (all 3 of which would have been lifers) out in the surf but wasn't able to get good enough looks to decide which one and I didn't have my camera with me 

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  6. Guess what showed up in my mailbox a couple of days ago 😎   First time I ever received mail officially addressed to 'Birder' - quite the important sounding title 😄

    The book looks great!  Haven't had a chance to color but I flipped through it. I know what I'm taking to the MO cousins at the end of the year. 🎁

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