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.
Birds & Blooms Magazine is giving away a trip to the Biggest Week in American Birding, an awesome birding festival on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. Show Birds & Blooms that you are their biggest fan to win! Enter by March 1, 2014; details on the contest page.
The official trailer for the upcoming movie The Birder, starring Tom Cavanagh, Mark Rendall, and Jamie Spilchuk, was just released! Check it out below.
Besides using MatchBook to fill your Kindle, another great way to find titles for your eReader is to keep an eye on Kindle sales and discounts. Here is a great example: best-selling author and naturalist Bernd Heinrich’s acclaimed memoir The Snoring Bird is deeply discounted in the Kindle Store right now. The title is on sale for just $1.99, down from the regular Amazon price of $8.99. Act fast, the price can go up at any time!
Did you receive a Kindle for Christmas? Then you should know about MatchBook, an Amazon program where you can purchase Kindle versions of books for a discounted price, if you have the print book in your library already. You can see if you already qualify for discounted purchases by checking on the Kindle Matchbook landing page. Just click on the Find your Kindle MatchBook titles to see a list of prior book purchases that are available at a discounted price for Kindle.
The program also works for future purchases. Bird books available in the program include:
Birds in Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly for $2.99 (current Kindle price $13.99)
Mind of the Raven for $2.99 (current Kindle price $9.78)
Flyaway: How A Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings for $2.99 (current Kindle price $8.00)
A Big Manhattan Year for $1.99 (current Kindle price $5.49)
Why We Bird for $1.99 (current Kindle price $4.99)
Two-Fisted Birdwatcher is once again giving away a blog-branded mug. Find this month’s hidden bird (any three jays) to be eligible for the drawing. This regular giveaway usually ends by the end of the month, so HURRY and submit your answer before January is over! See the contest page for details.