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: January, 2010

T-Shirt Tuesday: Go Pelagic!

Posted on January 19th, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday

This week’s highlighted shirt is called Go Pelagic. The design is done in shades of sea blue and there is an ocean surf background to the word PELAGIC. This is great for birders that love looking for sea specialties from a boat.

Go Pelagic! T-Shirt

Book Review: Good Birders Don’t Wear White

Posted on January 15th, 2010 in Book Review, Books

Good Birders Don’t Wear White: 50 Tips From North America’s Top Birders edited by Pete Dunne. First published 2007.

I was reminded to write this short review from a recent Facebook meme, whereby one takes a certain line from a certain page from the nearest book and posts it as a status update. Mine was “Never go out with someone who has been looking for the Mangrove Cuckoo for twenty years with no success.” This line is from Don and Lillian Stokes’ hilarious essay Follow These Rules to See a Mangrove Cuckoo.

Good Birders Don’t Wear White is a fun collection of short essays on birding by some of the top names in the field. I’m still a new birder so I kind of expected to pick up some tips reading these essays, but many of the pieces are more humor oriented than practical. I should have realized – a blurb on the back reads “In these 50 light and fun original essays…” I found most of the more practical tips kind of obvious, but the essays are all very well written and in fact birding humor is great, too. I enjoyed this book as a very light, easy read.

The fifty essays are grouped into categories including backyard birding, listing, and identification. My favorite ones usually included a bit of practical advice told in an engaging way, like Bill Thompson III’s piece on keeping optics clean. Even if I couldn’t relate to or benefit from the advice in every article, it was still interesting to read what were very often personal birding anecdotes from well-known names in the birding community like Clay Sutton, Sheri Williamson, Ted Floyd, Lang Elliott, and Julie Zickefoose.

I give Good Birders Don’t Wear White 3 and a half Goldfinches out of five.

T-Shirt Tuesday: The Original Hummer

Posted on January 12th, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday

In honor of the excellent Nature program that ran this week, Hummingbirds: Magic In The Air, this week’s highlighted shirt is made for hummingbird fans. The Original Hummer has a cute small illustrated hummingbird drinking nectar from a red flower. You can watch the entire program here, and pick up these hummingbird shirts here.

Original Hummer T-Shirt

I love the 10,000 Birds Conservation Club

Posted on January 11th, 2010 in Books, Contest

10,000 Birds recently started up a Conservation Club. You should join! I love that the club is raising money for conservation causes. I love that the club only costs $25 to enter. I love to see all of the support it has seen from other bloggers in the bird-blogging community (you should really click that last link if you haven’t joined yet – it’s a chance to win membership, sponsored by blogger Wren). And I love that I won one of the club’s first competitions! My copy of the fabulous Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire (10th Anniversary Edition) arrived on Saturday and I love it! Corey published a fine review of this great book last month. I’m so glad I joined, and I’m looking forward to more great giveaways from the Conservation Club!

T-Shirt Tuesday: Birding Tag Cloud

Posted on January 5th, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday

This week’s highlighted t-shirt design is a listing of birding-related tags. A listing of keywords like this is sometimes called a tag cloud. Birding Tag Cloud is shown here on a Women’s Caribbean Blue T-Shirt. More styles to choose from here.

Birding Tag Cloud T-Shirt

Bird blog & online contests for January 2010

Posted on January 4th, 2010 in Contest

Here’s a list of current (as of January 4th) blog & online contests by birders, for birders, and/or offering birdy 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.


Duncraft is hosting a caption contest on Facebook. Post the winning caption and win at $10 Duncraft Gift Coupon. A winner will be picked on January 8th. New caption contests start each Monday.

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

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. There’s usually one or more giveaways going on at any one time. This is a fantastic initiative by 10,000 Birds and as a proud member of the Conservation Club I invite you to sign up too.

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. 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!)