Peter, I was looking at that gimbal head as well, but it looks shiny. I'll be interested to see what you think of it. I have the Opteka GH-1 and am really pleased with mine. I have heard some aren't smooth in panning but mine is like butter.
I would really be interested in a sidekick style, I think Induro makes a nice one. I really love my Vanguard SBH300 ballhead and I hate taking it off to install the gimbal and vice-versa.
Gabe, I always love your Juncos! That cute little bird never gets enough love in the birding world but I very much enjoy them visiting my feeders.