18 comments on “An Autumn Birding Date – The Double Barred Finch

  1. Hello Ash (and Mrs Ash!),
    What a wonderful birding date! Given the current (unfortunately worsening) situation in my country, my husband and I have not been able to get out and about nearly as much as we would like. I am in agreement, the Double-Barred Finch is beautiful and we look forward to learning more about finches when we receive your next book. (We continue to check our post each day!) Rainbow Lorikeets never cease to bring a smile to our faces, and as today is quite rainy and dreary in our town, their bright color is a ray of sunshine to our hearts.

    During my time away from the computer (and despite the ongoing pandemic) my husband and I were able to have 2 special bird trips. I look forward to telling you more about in more detail very soon. May you have a blessed evening ahead.

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    • Thanks Takami, due to reduced flights to Japan, I am not sure that the books have left the country yet, as they say they are waiting for a flight. I am keeping track for you and will let you know when I know it is in your country. Yes the Rainbows are a delight to see and hear their excited chatter each day as they feed on the flowers in trees and gardens around us. We are both delighted you both have had time away from the monitor to enjoy a birding date out together, sounds exciting and look forward to your report. Enjoy your weekend my friend !

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  2. That’s a lovely way to spend a day. Bird watching is a fascinating way to detach from daily life and get close to nature. How lovely these birds are and how peculiar the way they call out. It is wonderful.

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    • Thanks so much Monica for your kind comments it is greatly appreciated. Our birds continue to surprise and entertain us with their antics and I love sharing them with those from other countries as they share their birds with me. Thank you for coming along on our walk, and I hope visit again and Follow. Enjoy your week and stay safe 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, we do enjoy our times out together it is a special bond we share, and we are blessed when we see different birds. The Covid has prevented us travelling these last two years so we are getting a bit overdue for a holiday and our next lifer.

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  3. I think it’s wonderful that you continue to have your birding dates, spending quality time together and knowing you are doing something you both enjoy makes these moments special, and the sighting of your regular visitors and even a new bird sighting makes these occasions a special memory to share. And the new book idea sounds great too! 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, yes we do enjoy our days out, especially when we can mingle it with a meal and a look in the markets. The new book is doing well and many booksellers have taken it on board, as it is very unique similar to the previous but with more depth and self help counselling info for life outside the Nest.

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  4. I’m so glad Willy made it into your blog post!! What a very lovely outing you and your wife had…I love you birding dates that you share with the rest of us to enjoy! I look forward to reading about the pub as well. The green on the pacific black duck is truly stunning, I have never seen that color on any of our birds. I need to look into getting your latest book and I really like the title of your upcoming one! God bless and enjoy your beautiful autumn weather…just the word autumn brings happy thoughts.:)

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    • Thanks Jen, for your encouraging words. So glad you enjoy our birding dates. Your Green-winged Teal over there has a bright green speculum apparently, which is how it gets its name, as its wing is not green, only the speculum. Yes this book is more for teens and young adults, and help them navigate life using the birds and some of the latest scientific research to do so. While again I steer clear of God talk, it holds the heart of God for in its message, similar to the last, and deals with issues like faith hope and love in a non confronting manner. Identity and relationships as well as navigating the pitfalls and difficult seasons of life are important areas our youngsters need to be equipped to handle so as to make good choices and develop healthy attitudes to move forward for success in life. I have had one young adults already give me very positive feed back. It is a unique personal counseling book in a nutshell. So glad to have you back online again, you are always very encouraging and you are missed. It certainly has been most extraordinary two years for us all. Blessings and favour to you and your family, enjoy your weekend my friend 🙂

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  5. A great way to spend time with your special person. Simple things like a lunch together in a new location always seems to bring a special feel to the moment

    Double-barred are wonderful photos. We have to drive for hours to see them, and then its more luck than dependability.

    Keep enjoying those times of ‘stress-relief’.

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    • Thanks David, yes we do love our birding dates, especially when we do it impromptu, on a beautiful crisp clear Autumn day. Finches are amazing birds with a tight flock organisation, I admire their ability to survive and multiply, and their faithfulness to the flock. Ours thankfully have stayed put despite the drought, smoke and rain of the last two years whereas many other species have not returned to this reserve. Thanks again, and so glad you and your good lady are also enjoying being out and about again. Praying your wife has her knees repaired soon as it must be difficult for her. Enjoy your weekend my friend 🙂

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  6. What a wonderful idea, a birding date. My husband is getting into birds a lot more and will here one singing and stop and ask me what it is. Most of the time I know the answer. A wonderful way to get him out into the woods and watch for birds as well. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sandra, yes making it a date makes it all that more special when there is other activities your hubby might like inter-meshed in the outing, especially a nice lunch and an ice-cream. That a good beginning for him that he is starting to recognize birds, some of our friends have started doing the same, and are now keen to come out with us when they can. This why my first book sold so well as it identified the birds but shared interesting characteristics about each bird. Most locals know very little and have no interest about their birds till they meet us or other birders, I would imagine it is the same for you also. 🙂

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  7. Thank you brother, for sharing your inspiring date with us! Your photos and videos are beautiful. I’m playing them while sitting with my kitten Starry Night – he’s anxiously looking for the birds all around!
    Your message on meditation moved my heart, it cannot be overstated at all. The wisdom of God speaks through our meditation upon His precious word and creation.
    Thank you Ashley for drawing our hearts to the Lord. I thank your wife too – surely such a helpmate and partner adds to your heart’s wealth!

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, I am delighted you enjoyed my post, and also for Starry Night 🙂 Thankfully these birds are safe from him. Yes we need to stop regularly and meditate on our Lord, his wonderful personal and character as well as his marvelous deeds which his Word amplifies. Yes my wife is a great encourager and supporter, and we are so blessed we share our love of birds together. I just arrived home to find she left me a note telling me she loves me and a picture she drew of her face with a big kiss. 🙂 Enjoy your week, richest blessings to you both dear sister.

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