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.
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.
Life List: A Woman’s Quest for the World’s Most Amazing Birds is the story of Phoebe Snetsinger, the record holder for largest life list at over 8500 species. This best-seller was written by acclaimed author Olivia Gentile. This unique biography of a birding obsession received tons of positive reviews from birders and literary critics alike.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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!
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:
The BirdsEye bird-finding apps also appear to be on sale, with deep discounts similar to the BirdLog apps. I have never really gotten into using BirdsEye but word is that the app has recently been completely redone so I am definitely going to give it a try at this great sale price.