Seems like a lot of my complaining was for not... This morning, armed with all your advise, I decided to try it again.
After inspecting my lens it seems the front element had some smudge marks on it from either my 4 or 2 year old that I did not notice. After a good cleaning with my microfiber cloth and zeiss wipes I went for it again.
Today I bundled up and sat a chair in my yard and just kind of kept still till my friends arrived and it seems my shots are much clearer now. I took shots at many different apertures to see if there was my difference, and there was.
This shot is a 100% crop with a little sharpening.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me... when spring rolls around I will really get into this bird shots and put some great stuff up I hope.