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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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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!

Bird Like a Girl

Posted on June 12th, 2013 in Behavior, Products, Websites & Blogs

An “open mic” post on the ABA Blog made some waves in the online birding community today. The Field Glass Ceiling by Brooke McDonald discusses disparities among male and female birders in different parts of the birding community. The post is a must-read for all thoughtful birders, as is the lively discussion taking place in the comment thread.

Not-so-coincidentally, today we have added two new designs to our gift shop. Bird Like a Girl and Bird Like a Girl … Keep Up! are both available on a variety of girly-style tops as well as other fun swag.

Bird Like a Girl T-Shirts

Awesome art gifts from Wisdom book artist

Posted on March 22nd, 2013 in Art, Books, Products

A little while ago I reviewed Wisdom by Darcy Pattinson and Kitty Harvill. I recently learned that Kitty Harvill has an online shop with Zazzle and she has some of her fabulous art reproduced on a great selection of products. If you liked the art in Wisdom, you should definitely check out her shop! Here are some of my favorites that I found while browsing through her selection.

Heron Pillow
Little Blue Heron Fine Art Pillow

Hummingbird Clock
Saw-billed Hermit Hummingbird Clock

Valentine Card
Albatrosses in Love Valentine Card

What’s a nird? Funny Amazon.com typo

Posted on February 16th, 2013 in Birding Blooper, Books, Funny, Products

A while back I came across a funny typo on Amazon.com. The title of the book RSPB British Birdfinder was instead indicated to be a Nirdfinder. The error has since been corrected.

Nirdfinder_S
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If you see an error in a product description or title on Amazon, it’s easy to submit editing suggestions. Just scroll down to the bottom of the product page to the blue Feedback box and click on the appropriate link to either update product information or provide feedback on images or price.

Contest Alert: Bird Photo Booth

Posted on February 9th, 2013 in Contest, Giveaway, Products

The Bird Photo Booth Facebook page is having a caption contest. The prize is a Bird Photo Booth; enter your best caption for this photo by February 24th. The top three “like”-getters will be entered in a bird-driven random drawing.

Promo Video: The New Birders

Posted on January 30th, 2013 in Birding App, Products, Video

This short promotional video does a good job of explaining how some birders use birding smartphone apps in the field.

The New Birder from Mitchell Waite on Vimeo.

Share your Wingscapes photos!

Posted on January 8th, 2013 in Backyard Birds, Funny, Products

Did you get a new Wingscapes BirdCam for Christmas? Consider sharing your photos with the Wingscapes BirdCam Flickr group. The group is fun to browse, with BirdCammers located all over the world. Your photos can contribute! At one time the creators of the camera kept a life list of all species captured via their product; I’m not sure they still do this, but you never know. Your cam might just capture something that’s never been BirdCammed before!

Common Grackles
Common Grackles enjoying suet balls in Florida: Caught on a Wingscapes BirdCam!

Awesome birder earrings

Posted on January 7th, 2013 in Products

I saw this display of earrings at the Merritt Island NWR visitor center and fell in love. They are designed and produced by a small company called Jabebo.

Jabebo

In each pair of earrings, two different images complement each other. I enlarged a few of them below so you can see what I mean. My pictures don’t really do these intricate designs justice; you can see them all (including other science-themed sets besides birds) at the Jabebo website. My favorites are the American Robin & nest, Mockingbird (seen below), Osprey (seen below), Saw-whet Owl, and the Northern Flicker (yellow-shafted). I would love to see a Barred Owl in their offering!

The earrings are minature images pressed onto a double layer of post-consumer cereal box cardboard. The display cards are made of the same material. You can read more about the process on the Jabebo website.

The earrings are mostly sold at nature centers and wildlife preserves; you can find out where to buy them in your area here.

Contest alert: Bird Photo Booth

Posted on December 29th, 2012 in Contest, Products

Win a Bird Photo Booth with your clever caption. The caption for this photo with the most “likes” will win. Enter by January 4, 2013; the sooner you post your caption the more time you have for “likes”. See the Bird Photo Booth page for details on this interesting product.

Awesome New Bird Tees @ Threadless

Posted on November 24th, 2012 in Pop Culture, Products

If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for cool and unique bird t-shirts. Threadless usually has a bunch of great bird designs in their collection, and right now they have a Black Friday sale going all weekend with shirts as low as $9.99 and hoodies from $29.99. I am going to pick up this new one, on sale for $9.99. Sweet:


You’re a Hoot from Threadless

This next one caught my eye, and I like the concept, but I’m not sure I’d wear it. I guess flamingos aren’t exactly my favorite bird. The design is clever, though. This one isn’t on sale right now; shirts are $19.50. It’s called Bird Brain:


Bird Brain from Threadless

Here is an all-over (front and back) print design based on a photograph, part of a design challenge called Threadless Loves Photography. The designer says the photo was taken in Paris; my guess is the birds are European Starlings. What do you think? I like it and I might pick up this one, too. Shirts are on sale for $9.99. You can also pick up this design on phone cases or wall art.


I from Threadless

Below is another great owl design. Owls are so popular right now and Threadless usually has a great collection of different owl designs with both realistic illustrations and clever cartoon-like art. I am thinking of picking up this one, too – it looks great on a hoodie and it’s on sale for $29.99.


Vanishing in the Night from Threadless

This last one cracks me up. It was created using clipart from CSA Images in another Threadless challenge. It’s called Oh My, How Delightful! and it’s wickedly funny, don’t you think? This one isn’t on sale right now, so t-shirts are priced at $19.50 for now.


Oh My, How Delightful! from Threadless

The Black Friday weekend sale ends on Cyber Monday, November 26, at 11:50PM CT.