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Archive: April, 2011

April Giveaway: Warbler Neck Awareness Swag

Posted on April 23rd, 2011 in Contest, Giveaway, Warbler Neck Awareness

May is Warbler Neck Awareness Month. Along with sister site Birdorable, this month we are highlighting the affliction with a series of blog posts and new WN Awareness merchandise. Other posts in this series: What is Warbler Neck? | Triggers for Warbler Neck and side-effects

I’m using this month’s giveaway to continue the Warbler Neck Awareness campaign. May is Warbler Neck Awareness Month and it will be here before you know it!

This month’s giveaway will be for a Warbler Awareness t-shirt of choice from the Magnificent Frigatebird birder gift shop, up to a $35 value. All of the example shirts shown below (and many others) are eligible for this giveaway!

For this contest, there are two simple steps to enter. First, become a fan of the birder apparel & gifts Facebook page. Then, leave a comment on this blog post. If you’re already a fan, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post. This t-shirt giveaway is open to everyone (global). Fan our Facebook page and leave your comment on this post before 11:59pm CDT on Saturday, April 30th. A random entry will be chosen and announced by May 4th.

Warbler Neck Awareness: Triggers for Warbler Neck and side-effects

Posted on April 15th, 2011 in Birdorable, Warbler Neck Awareness

May is Warbler Neck Awareness Month. Along with sister site Birdorable, this month we are highlighting the affliction with a series of blog posts and new WN Awareness merchandise. Earlier this week, the first post of the series appeared on the Birdorable Blog: What is Warbler Neck?

Simply put, Warbler Neck is the pain birders feel in the neck after time spent warbler-watching. Peering upwards into the tree canopy is a surefire way to guarantee a bout of WN in the immediate future. For many birders, just the thought of birding at certain warbler hotspots can trigger an ache in the neck.

Yellow-Rumped Warbler, April, PA
Yellow-Rumped Warbler, April, PA by Kelly Colgan Azar, Creative Commons on Flickr

Warbler Neck is often accompanied by painful side-effects. Backaches, foot pain, and even upper arm aches are often felt in conjunction with WN, especially early in migration. Headaches are most frequently reported after unsuccessful birdwatching excursions. There’s nothing worse than suffering from Warbler Neck and coming home with a long list of unidentified birds, or a list completely devoid of warblers.

Other side-effects may include tick infestation and mosquito-related welts, although these are not limited to warbler-specific birding.

Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler by hart_curt, Creative Commons on Flickr

Although I have not experienced Warbler Neck yet this year, I fully expect to suffer from WN pain sometime in the near future. More distressingly, I am still skunked for warblers so far this year, even though Yellow-rumped have been seen around here in good numbers for the last week or so, and other species such as Cerulean, Hooded and Yellow-throated have been seen in the area. Have you seen any warblers yet this year? Have you suffered from Warbler Neck recently, or ever?

Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler by mitchmcc, Creative Commons on Flickr

May is Warbler Neck Awareness Month

Posted on April 11th, 2011 in Funny, Products, Warbler Neck Awareness

This week we’re kicking off a campaign for Warbler Neck Awareness Month in May. Warbler Neck (WN) Awareness is symbolized by a cerulean blue awareness ribbon-feather.

What is warbler neck? Who suffers from Warbler Neck, and what are the symptoms? Is there a cure? We’ll discuss these topics and more over the next few weeks.

We’ll also be sharing our new line of Warbler Neck Awareness t-shirts and gifts. These products feature original designs with the cerulean blue awareness ribbon-feather and other illustrations and slogans promoting Warbler Neck Awareness.

Join us here at and at our sister site, Birdorable, for more about Warbler Neck over the next few weeks.

March 2011 Giveaway Winner

Posted on April 8th, 2011 in Books, Contest

Thank you to everyone who entered my March giveaway! I used a random name picker to select the winner. Congratulations to Wendy R on winning a copy of Wesley the Owl! Wendy, I’ll contact you via email to get your address details.

Bird blog & online contests for April 2011

Posted on April 4th, 2011 in Contest

Here’s a list of current (as of April 4th) 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, 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.


I’m giving away a copy of the book Wesley the Owl. See March 2011 Giveaway: Wesley the Owl for details; enter by April 7th.

Win a squirrel diversion package worth $200 in the Duncraft 4th Annual Squirrel Photo Contest. Enter by April 15th.

Two-Fisted Birdwatcher is giving away a blog-branded hoodie. Find this month’s hidden bird to be eligible for the drawing. This monthly giveaway usually ends by the end of the month, so submit your answer before March is over! See the contest page for details.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Celebrate Urban Birds program is sponsoring the Funky Nests in Funky Places 2011 challenge. Prizes include Kaytee bird feeders and nest boxes. Enter before June 1st.

ONGOING CONTESTS of interest to birders

BirdWatching Magazine runs a Photo of the Week Contest. Check out the Photo of the Week page to find out how to enter. Prizes include gear from Zeiss optics.

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 occasionally 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!)