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: July, 2012

Upcoming movie: Birdemic II

Posted on July 30th, 2012 in Movie

Ok everyone, get ready for a fall theatrical release of Birdemic II, the followup to 2010’s Birdemic: Shock & Terror. The sequel, subtitled The Resurrection, is being filmed in 3D. A fun teaser trailer spoofing an Avengers post-credits scene was recently posted:

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Event Alert: Dixon Waterfowl Refuge Ramar Dedication

Posted on July 29th, 2012 in Festivals & Events, Illinois

The Ramsar Convention of 1971 established a treaty between international governments to

maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the “wise use”, or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.

As of today, there are 2,040 recognized sites designated by the treaty as Wetlands of International Importance. 34 of these are in the United States, including the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes.

Dixon Waterfowl Refuge
Entrance to Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, March 2011

The deserved designation was bestowed in February of this year, and a special dedication ceremony will take place on August 8th.

The public is invited to attend the event, which is free. Attendees should RSVP to organizers; contact information and other details may be found here: Upcoming Events Ramsar Site Dedication.

Giveaway alert: Zeiss binoculars

Posted on July 11th, 2012 in Giveaway

This July, Eagle Optics is giving away two pairs of Zeiss binoculars to subscribers of their Weekly Specials email list. See this blog post for details.

Dinner Bell & Bark Butter Revisited

Posted on July 7th, 2012 in Backyard Birds, Products

It’s been over six months since I first reviewed the EcoClean Dinner Bell bird feeder. While I was super happy with the feeder and the bag of Bark Butter that came with it, it took a while for the back yard birds to catch on. It seems in the rule of 2s game, this feeder and food fell into the “2 weeks” category.

I’m happy to say that both the feeder and the suet bits got a lot more action following my initial review. With the help of my WingScapes BirdCam I can report that at least nine species visited and used the feeder during the winter months. The Bark Butter was especially popular with Yellow-rumped Warblers; I must have hundreds of photos from the BirdCam just like this one.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Oink!

When there was a spike in visits from Common Grackles, I lowered the upper dome, to mixed success. While hopping down from the feeder pole is impossible for them with the dome lowered, the large birds figured out they could access the feeder when approaching laterally, by flying in. This photo shows the dome before I lowered it.

Common Grackles
Scoundrels!

Here are few more happy visitors.

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

After several months of use, the feeder is holding up very well and I’m still quite pleased with it. The large upper dome, which continues to keep the food dry and fresh, may not keep out every last grackle, but I don’t mind at all.

Giveaway alert: Kindle Fire w/ birding apps

Posted on July 7th, 2012 in Books, Giveaway

Bird Watcher’s Digest is giving away a Kindle Fire loaded with two birding apps (including the Bird Watcher’s Digest app). Enter before the August 1, 2012 drawing date for your chance to win; see BWD’s Contest Central page for details.

American birder

Posted on July 2nd, 2012 in Video

Enjoy beautiful birds and lovely banjo work in this new short film by Daniel Roca.

American birder from Daniel Roca on Vimeo.

Contest alert: BirdWatching Magazine’s Leica giveaway begins tomorrow

Posted on July 1st, 2012 in Contest, Giveaway

UPDATE: A recent newsletter from BirdWatching Magazine indicated this contest has been postponed for an unknown amount of time.

BirdWatching Magazine is hosting weekly contest on their website BirdWatchingDaily.com. Each Monday, beginning July 2nd, until the end of the year, participants will have the chance to win a pair of Leica binoculars. Three pairs of binoculars will be given away. Details should be posted on BirdWatchingDaily.com soon.