Amy
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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Archive: March, 2010

T-Shirt Tuesday: I See Birds

Posted on March 30th, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday

This week’s highlighted shirt design looks like an eyechart you might find at your eye doctor’s office. The text here actually means something, though. It reads “I See Birds Everywhere I Go.” I See Birds is shown here on a kid’s sweatshirt.

T-Shirt Tuesday: Ride a Birder

Posted on March 23rd, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday

This week’s highlighted t-shirt design spoofs the popular “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” theme. Here the cowboy is the one being saved — ride a birder instead. The accompanying illustration is of a birder who just happens to be wearing a cowboy hat. Either way, this guy’s hoping to get lucky, I guess!

Book Review: Birding Babylon

Posted on March 21st, 2010 in Book Review, Books

Birding Babylon: A Soldier’s Journal from Iraq by Jonathan Trouern-Trend. First published 2006.

Subtitled A Soldier’s Journal from Iraq, Birding Babylon began life as a natural history and birding blog by a deployed National Guardsman in Iraq. The book is formatted as journal, from the faux handmade paper cover to the short, dated entries of no more than two pages for each date. At just under 80 pages this is a quick read. A year of birding and observing wildlife in various spots in Iraq is covered, beginning in February 2004.

While the observations are interesting and the surroundings are at times riveting, I found the writing a bit dry and would hope for a bit more fluid text when the online journal was turned into a book. Trouern-Trend’s blog, birdingbabylon.blogspot.com, is still active, and it seems he has recently returned to the Middle East once again. I will be following the blog to see what other interesting Mideast specialties are found in his day to day routine. Meanwhile I give Birding Babylon 3 Goldfinches out of 5.

T-Shirt Tuesday: Major League Birder

Posted on March 16th, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday

This week’s highlighted shirt is called Major League Birder, and is done in the style of professional major league sports logos. A birder is shown in white silhouette against a red and blue background.

T-Shirt Tuesday: got scope? got bins?

Posted on March 9th, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday

This week’s highlighted shirts are based on the popular “got milk?” campaign. We have already highlighted got birds?; now we’ve added got scope? and got bins?.

Bird blog & online contests for March 2010

Posted on March 1st, 2010 in Contest

Here’s a list of current (as of March 1st) blog & online contests by birders, for birders, and/or offering bird- or birder-themed prizes. Click on the links to learn more, check eligibility, and enter to win! If you are running a contest or know of something that should be added to this list, please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me an email. This is a monthly post appearing on the first Monday of every month. I will add any updates I find during the month as a comment on this post. If you’d like to stay updated, you can subscribe to the comment RSS feed for this post.

CONTESTS WITH DEADLINES near and far

Miss Chevious Musings is giving away three Song Bird Necklaces. The winner will be chosen on March 2nd. See contest page for details.

You can win a signed copy of Bird Watching For Dummies by providing the funniest caption over at Bill of the Birds’ Caption Contest #12. Submit your funny caption before March 3.

Enter to win a $250 Duncraft shopping spree. Submit your entry by 30 April 2010. Details at Duncraft’s Backyard Birding Blog.

Ornithologist and author Glen Chilton is offering a $10,000 reward for finding a previously unknown sample of a Labrador Duck. See Dr. Chilton’s website for all the details. Ends September 1st 2010. Send your claim to IFoundADuck@glenchilton.com.

ONGOING CONTESTS of interest to birders

10,000 Birds has recently introduced their Conservation Club, a great way to raise money for bird conservation causes. Members of the club are eligible to enter giveaways offering prizes from Conservation Club sponsors. Have a look at the current and past giveaways, and then sign up!

Each month WildBird on the Fly runs a First Friday fiction contest. If your 500-word story is chosen, you’ll win a recently-published bird book. Submissions are due before 5 p.m. PST on the first Thursday of the month. See WildBird on the Fly for all the details.

Duncraft hosts a caption contest on Facebook every week. Become a fan of Duncraft to see each contest posting. Enter to win a $10.00 Duncraft Gift Coupon. New caption contests start each Monday.

WildBird on the Fly periodically gives away books and other prizes with fun, short-notice contests. Follow her blog and her Twitter account @WBeditor to get in on the prize giveaways.

Each month the Birds & Blooms website runs the Where’s Webster? contest. Find Webster the duck on the website and enter to win. Prizes vary and the contest runs month to month.

The Eagle Optics Email Contest is ongoing for anyone subscribed to their newsletter. A new winner is chosen every month and prizes vary. Click here for details.

Birder’s Lounge runs a monthly ID Challenge. Contestants play for their favorite bird/nature/conservation charity. The prize is a $10 donation to the winning charity, in the winner’s name. (Thanks to Amber for the details!)