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53 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

I don't want to sound discouraging but I doubt that a local electronics repair shop would have the skill or tools to service the lens portion of the camera. I don't know how it's done but I suspect that servicing a lens requires specialized skills and calibrating tools. If it's simply a power source problem in the camera body, the local shop may be able to help you out, but if the glitch in the system is part of the lens function, you may need an optical expert. Check it out, but don't get your hopes too high.

I strongly suspect that the only issues are the power source, and/or motor.  The camera simply refuses to turn on.  When it had been on, it was functioning without issues.  Need to temper the last sentence, as it had occasionally gotten sluggish, BUT only just before shutting off to prevent overheating, when I was out in the < 90 ° F heat.  The last month or so, when I turned on the camera, the motor sounded strained, as if it were about to fail.  I do wonder though whether some sand had gotten in the way of something.  

In any event, Nikonusa simply made an economic decision.  Odd thing is that I don't think the parts are too costly for them.  Pretty certain they just didn't want to spend the resources on labor.  

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Been stuck mostly at home due to a knee injury the past week and a half so I’ve been mostly stuck to yard birding and birds I see around school. 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S153209514
Yesterday : Finally got a nuthatch for the yard, been hearing them around occasionally but this is the first one I’ve had one in the yard.
 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S153267441

Today : I got to see what’s been cleaning up the aphids from my sunflowers! Two Orange-crowned Warblers which I’m pretty sure are a first for the yard. Also got to watch the local Titmouse fill up on  sunflower seeds straight from the flower heads and spent time photographing and videoing my favorite Bewicks Wren.

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One of our county's top birders suggested this spot for rarities today due to the weather conditions, so I gave it a shot.  

I couldn't risk breaking another camera, so I didn't go too far out on the jetty and risk water damage.  I did the best I could with my limited view and ended up with a good number of species for this hotspot, including a FOY Common Tern.  See the checklist notes for more details.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S153615959

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Two checklists today:

I hadn't been here in months.  OK checklist, but this place does have more to offer this time of year.  I'll have to go back in the early A.M., or late afternoon:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S153831500

Normal for this place but was getting boring until I spotted the flock of Black Scoters - FOY.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S153849701

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Two checklists today:

I spent $31.00 to get a county lifer Ruddy Duck.

Three individuals were recently reported (not captive - I checked) at the local zoo, so I ran down and found them.  Decent checklist for the location as well:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S153901006

I'll be at the inlet almost daily the rest of this month, as I don't want to miss any migrating rarities that could be hard-to-get lifers, especially in my county.  Nice to see all the Northern Gannets, but otherwise nothing new or special:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S153918171

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A reviewer emailed me about the first, Zoo checklist, not being comfortable with the nature of the birds there, so I went ahead and deleted it.  My argument for including the Ruddy Ducks and Ring-necked Ducks was that I assumed all birds with signs, such as native, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Redheads, and Wood Ducks, were captive, and all other birds I saw weren't captive.

Not a bid deal - Won't be an easy chase, but I'm comfortable I'll get a county lifer Ruddy Duck somewhere else this fall or winter.

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I took a day off from Seawatches, and had a nice, relaxing afternoon at the refuge.  Good checklist.  I would have normally uploaded some great OWL hoots, but one of the other birders on-site was calling them, and I can't confidentially pick out the actual calls from my recordings:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S154037685

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I wasn't planning on anything other than an incidental today, but I then saw a Wilson's Warbler on my needs list - also marked as rare, so I ran down to the refuge to chase it.  I was unable to locate the bird, but had a good checklist, nonetheless:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S154165516

I stopped this one 20-minutes after sunset to follow Ebird protocol and start a nocturnal checklist:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S154167037

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A quick hit at the inlet which was on the way to my main checklist.  Nothing special:
 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S154230025
 

Somebody suggested I take this path to get my Piping Plover lifer.  I couldn't find the bird.  I don't have any experience with these types of long beach walk checklists, but I was hoping for more species.  I'll take this path again:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S154246921

 

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Corn Creek was quite active this morning. Several rarities were reported. I managed great shots of a Varied Thrush (FOY), a Black-and-White Warbler (county first), and the Eastern Phoebe that is still hanging around. While I didn't get to see the Rufous-backed Robin, it hung around all winter two years ago, so I should still have a chance to see it later this year.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S154252698

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