ABOUT ME - My name is Amy and I'm a birder living in central Florida. On this blog I post book and birding product reviews as well as birder gift ideas and announcements related to my birder gift shop on this site. I also have a personal birding blog called Powered By Birds.

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Kindle FREEBIE alert! No Way Home

Posted on January 12th, 2015 in Books, Deals & Sales

Right now the Kindle version of the highly rated No Way Home: The Decline of the World’s Great Animal Migrations is discounted to FREE on Amazon. No Way Home has positive reviews from E.O. Wilson, David Sibley, The New York Times, and many more. This book has been on my own personal “to read” list for a while, so I’m happy to pick it up for my Kindle Fire for nada!

This book usually sells for $13.99 so this is a fantastic deal. Price cuts like this can end at any time, so be sure to act fast to get this great book for FREE!

Today Only: Lightning Deal on *MY* Binoculars!

Posted on December 3rd, 2014 in Deals & Sales, Optics

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!

Cyber Monday Amazon Lightning Deals for Birders

Posted on November 30th, 2014 in Deals & Sales

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.

The deal for this BARSKA X-Trail 8×42 Binocular begins at 5:40AM EST. The Amazon regular price for this, $35.73, is already 51% off list price.
The deal for this BARSKA Blackhawk 20-60×60 Angled Spotting Scope starts at 6:40AM EST. The scope comes with a soft case, a hard case, and a small tripod.
I’m totally excited for this deal! At 6:40AM EST this Swarovski Optik El Swarovision 10×42 Binoculars goes on sale. I wonder what the Lightning Deal will be on these premium binoculars?!
This Barska 10×40 Blackhawk Monocular is up at 9:40AM EST for Amazon Prime members, and a half hour later for everyone else. I carry around an emergency birding monocular in my purse when I’m not out birding (I know, I know) and it’s come in handy many times. This is a good stocking stuffer for birders.
Game cameras are fun to use to track wildlife in your yard or even in your favorite patch (with legal permission, of course). This deal for a Moultrie M-880i Game Camera begins at 9:40AM EST.
The Lighting Deal for this Perky-Pet Copper Finish Triple Tube Bird Feeder starts at 10:25AM EST. Amazon’s regular price is just 18% cheaper than the list price. I’m hoping for a deep discount on this one — it could sell out!
This deal for a BARSKA Blackhawk 20-60×60 Straight Spotting Scope starts at 3:40PM EST. The scope comes with a small tripod, soft carry case, and premium aluminum case.
This deal for Steiner 8×30 Binocular starts at 3:40PM EST. These are marketed as marine or military bins. They are rainproof and have fog-resistant construction with a wide field of view.
This pretty Perky-Pet Red Antique Bottle Hummingbird Feeder goes on sale at 5:35PM EST. The red glass attracts the hummers; don’t add any dye to your nectar. Sugar and water is the way to go!
The deal for this Primos Truth Cam ULTRA 35 Trail Camera with Early Detect Sensor starts at 5:40PM EST.

Kaytee Finch Feeder Crazy Savings

Posted on November 6th, 2014 in Backyard Birds, Deals & Sales

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.

Nyjer finch seeds

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?

Kaytee Crazy Savings

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!

Opticron Natura binocular giveaway

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.

Opticron Binoculars

Wingscapes BirdCam & AutoFeeder Giveaway

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.

Amazon optics deals TODAY ONLY!

Posted on September 14th, 2014 in Deals & Sales, Optics, Products

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!

Contest alert: Win Leica bins from BirdWatching magazine!

Posted on June 5th, 2014 in Contest, Giveaway

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.

Giveaway alert: New Sibley Guide!

Posted on June 4th, 2014 in Books, Giveaway

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.

Audubon Dream Trip Sweepstakes

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 in Contest, Festivals & Events, Giveaway

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.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird