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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Unless otherwise stated, all books and other products reviewed on this blog were purchased or independently acquired by the reviewer. Readers who make a purchase by clicking on links in product reviews or featured t-shirt posts (T-Shirt Tuesday) may result in the blogger receiving a commission or referral fee.

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

Giveaway Alert: PUP eBooks

Posted on February 6th, 2014 in Books, Giveaway

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.

Contest Alert: Win a trip to BWIAB

Posted on February 5th, 2014 in Contest, Festivals & Events

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.

Official trailer for The Birder

Posted on February 2nd, 2014 in Movie, Video

The official trailer for the upcoming movie The Birder, starring Tom Cavanagh, Mark Rendall, and Jamie Spilchuk, was just released! Check it out below.

Kindle deal alert: The Snoring Bird

Posted on January 14th, 2014 in Books, Deals & Sales, Kindle

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!

Fill Your Kindle: Kindle MatchBook

Posted on January 11th, 2014 in Books, Deals & Sales, Kindle

Kindle Matchbook

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)

Giveaway Alert: Two-Fisted Birdwatcher mug

Posted on January 4th, 2014 in Giveaway

Two-Fisted Birdwatcher Mug

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.

Giveaway Alert: Birds of the Midwest Adventure Quick Guides

Posted on December 23rd, 2013 in Books, Giveaway

Blogger The Zen Birdfeeder is giving away a set of Quick Guides to Midwestern birds. The guides are Birds of the Midwest; Birds of Prey of the Midwest; and Water Birds of the Midwest

Enter by December 31, 2013 to be in the drawing. See Nancy’s review of the books and learn more about the giveaway via her post Book Review: Birds of the Midwest Adventure Quick Guide.