Today at 7:50PM EST Amazon has a Lightning Deal on these highly-rated MINOX BV II 62029 10×42 BR Binoculars. The sale price will be revealed when the deal starts at 7:50PM EST. Amazon regularly sells these at 15% off list price but Lightning Deals can offer 50% or even 75% off list prices for a limited time.
An earlier version of this very model was my personal daily binoculars for several years and they took a beating! I’d toss them in my bike’s basket several times a week where they’d bounce around with my camera, keys, and other basket stuff. I’d carry them in a tote with other equipment. And I used them in all kinds of weather conditions, from frozen winter days back in Illinois to oppressive hot and humid summer days down here in Florida.
I did have a couple of small problems with them after a few years of use. The eyepieces were somewhat mis-aligned and the rubber on one of the eyepieces was starting to crack. The body hinge was very loose. They were still very usable but after a friendly email exchange with Minox I ended up sending in my bins for cleaning and repairs. To my shock and utter delight I received a brand new replacement pair back in the mail within two weeks. That’s the kind of customer service you want in your binoculars. I highly recommend Minox and this particular model for avid birders. Be sure to check out the Amazon Lightning Deal later today on this great pair of binoculars!
Amazon has some interesting Lightning Deals coming up for Cyber Monday that will be of interest to birders. These are limited time sales with deep discounts. The deal prices will be revealed when the Lightning Deal starts. These super sale price items can sell out — and fast! Be sure to check out the deals right when they start to get yours! The starting times are listed below; for some deals, Amazon Prime members get a head start.
Here in central Florida we are awaiting the arrival of our winter finches. American Goldfinches usually arrive in the area around the second or third week of November. That means it’s time to stock up on Nyjer seed. We’ve used socks like this Kaytee Finch Feeder Twin Pack in the past.
Multiple finches can feed at the same time and the feed is available all around the sock. Now you have to check out what a fabulous deal this twin-pack is from Kaytee. See what Amazon has as the list price?
At just $10.59 delivered (with Prime), that’s a savings of 99% over the listed $862!! Now that’s what I call a deal!
Posted on November 3rd, 2014 in Giveaway
Enter to win a pair of Opticron Natura binoculars from BirdWatching magazine. The giveaway ends on December 24, 2014. Visit the contest page for more details.
Posted on October 28th, 2014 in Giveaway
Enter to win a Bird Watcher prize package from Wingscapes. The prize package includes an AutoFeeder bird feeder and a BirdCam Pro game camera. Enter by November 4th to be entered in the drawing. See the Giveaway Rules for details.
Today Amazon has two great deals that may be of interest to birders! These daily deals are good through the end of today ONLY, so ACT FAST!
Vanguard Endeavor ED Binocular (8×42)
This highly rated pair of binoculars is on sale today for just $199. The list price is $429 and Amazon usually sells it for around $349 — so this is a great deal! The binoculars have over 190 reviews and an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars. These ED glasses would make a great gift for new birders. The quality glass makes this product a solid purchase for any birder — great for your primary pair or affordable enough as a fine back-up, car bins, or a handy loaner pair for recruiting new birders!
BARSKA 20-60×60 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope with Tripod
This is another highly rated optics product. Today’s price on Amazon is just $59.18, a 69% savings off the $189 list price. Amazon typically sells this for $80 or more, so today’s price is really great! The scope has a 20x-60x zoom to help you get really close views of your subjects. The spotting scope comes with a lightweight tripod so for regular birding use you might look to get a more heavy-duty tripod. Check out the 248 customer reviews, which average out to 4 out of 5 stars, and decide for yourself! At this price, the scope is a steal! Keep this one for getting great looks at your backyard birds or stow it in your car as an always-ready spare!
BirdWatching magazine and Leica Sport Optics are giving away a pair of Leica Trinovid binoculars! The contest is to celebrate young birders and mentors of young birders. Young birders as well as their mentors can enter this contest by writing a short essay. See the contest page for more details and to enter. Submit your essay via email by June 30th.
BirdWatching magazine is giving away a copy of the second edition of the Sibley Guide to Birds. Enter before the contest ends on June 13th; see the contest page for more details and to enter.
Enter soon, this contest closes June 6th! The National Audubon Society has a giveaway for a “Birder’s Dream Trip for Two” to the Strawberry Plains Hummingbird Migration Celebration festival. Enter here; membership is NOT a requirement even though the contest is to promote the “May is for Membership” campaign.
Princeton University Press is giving away a collection of six electronic versions of popular bird books. The books are The Crossley ID Guide, The Warbler Guide, The World’s Rarest Birds, Hawks at a Distance, The Birds of Peru, and The Unfeathered Bird. Hurry, entry ends tomorrow at 12PM Eastern. Visit the contest blog page for details.