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: Products

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 MagnificentFrigatebird.com and at our sister site, Birdorable, for more about Warbler Neck over the next few weeks.

My birding bag

Posted on October 12th, 2009 in Products

When I went out birding I used to always carry a backpack with my field guide(s), hat, notebook, tissues, extra batteries, etc. I also transported my bins and camera in the pack but when out walking these remained around my neck. Last spring I was starting to get sick of the backpack. It’s especially annoying to have to dig into the pack (or ask a companion to dig) for a field guide while you’re actually looking at the bird you want to look up. By the time I’d get the book out the bird would be long gone. I looked around for something more convenient that I could use to carry my field guide. There are a few different things I see my birding buddies using: vests with huge pockets, fanny packs (vertically oriented) or book satchels. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to get until I came across a small messenger bag at a Columbia outlet store.

The Medium Azza Messenger Bag measures 10″ x 6″ x 2.5″ and fits everything I want to carry on a short outing.

The front flap of the messenger-style bag has a small pocket where I keep a pack of tissues.

Azza Medium Messenger

Lifting the flap accesses the main pouch for books plus a small zippered pocket where I keep extra batteries, memory cards, a pen and a small notebook.

Azza Medium Messenger

The back of the bag has another wide open pocket where I can fit my wide-brim floppy hat. This makes the bag a bit bulbous on the back but that’s just some extra padding between Sibley and my hip. 😉 This photo shows the empty bag with a few things I might bring with me on a walk. Everything fits inside.

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I can carry more books if I want to, too.

Azza Medium Messenger

Here’s the bag in action. I really love the long strap but it’s totally adjustable and can be worn much shorter.

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I looooove this bag! Do you have a favorite birding bag? How do you carry your field guide? Do you use a backpack, a fanny pack, a vest, or something else? Or do you go commando?

I give the Medium Azza Messenger Bag four and a half Goldfinches out of five.

Sale & new birds @ Birdorable

Posted on July 17th, 2009 in Birdorable, Products

Just a quick post to say that there’s a lot going on at our cute bird shop Birdorable.com this month. It’s a Birdorable Bonanza with a new bird being added to the site every day until the 31st of July, when our 200th Birdorable bird species will be introduced. So far the Scarlet Ibis, Andean Cock-of-the-rock and the Golden-winged Warbler have been added. There’s also a big sale with some items 20% to 50% off – so go check it out!

Singing bird misinformation clock

Posted on July 8th, 2009 in Birding Blooper, Funny, Products

This clock is sitting on the shelf at our local Walgreen’s drug store.

Singing Bird Clock

I’ve thought of buying them out just to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands, but I’m afraid that will just encourage them to stock more. You can click on the above photo to see it bigger at flickr or just look at the partial close-up below.

Singing Bird Clock

Of course I’d prefer a Birdorable clock anyway, if I’m looking for a bird-themed wall clock (even if they don’t sing).

Unique Novelty Socks For Bird Lovers

Posted on June 11th, 2009 in Products

I came across this site with cute bird socks a while back. Wheel House Designs carries a lot of different novelty socks over a broad range of topics, including a bunch of bird-themed socks.

My favorites are these called Birdwatchers.

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80% off: 50 Places to Go Birding

Posted on December 31st, 2008 in Products

Right now Amazon has Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die: Birding Experts Share The World’s Greatest Destinations
marked down to $4.99. That’s 80% off the regular price.

50 Places To Go Birding Book

The four reviews on Amazon are generally positive, but for a year-old book, four reviews aren’t a lot. One of the reviews includes the list of 50 locations, so you can check that out before buying.

Bird Tile Murals (2): Feeding the Peacocks

Posted on December 27th, 2008 in Products

The Tile Mural Shop has a great, unique collection of artwork made out of tiles. The bird tile murals are especially beautiful and are a great way for bird-lovers to decorate their office, kitchen, workshop or other room.

The bird murals are made up of 12 to 24 ceramic tiles. The tiles measure 4.25″ so the murals are big enough to fill a large space. There are ten different bird murals to choose from. In a series of blog posts I will share some of my favorites with you. This is the second post. Click here for the first.

I really like this image of a young woman feeding peacocks. We saw a lot of wild peacocks during our trip to India a few years ago. We were even lucky enough to see one male on full display! These birds sure are beautiful, but boy are they noisy!

This beautiful horizontal mural is made up of 24 tiles and measures 34″ x 12.75″ when completed.

For more unique tile murals, check out the The Tile Mural Shop.

Bird Tile Murals (1): Common Crane

Posted on December 18th, 2008 in Products

The Tile Mural Shop has a great, unique collection of artwork made out of tiles. The bird tile murals are especially beautiful and are a great way for bird-lovers to decorate their office, kitchen, workshop or other room.

The bird murals are made up of 12 to 24 ceramic tiles. The tiles measure 4.25″ so the murals are big enough to fill a large space. There are ten different bird murals to choose from. In a series of blog posts I will share some of my favorites with you. This is the first post.

One of my favorite murals is this image of a Common Crane. We were lucky to see these beautiful large birds a few times when we lived in Europe. They were a relatively rare sighting in the Netherlands and often when they were spotted, the exact whereabouts was under embargo on the local alert pages to protect the breeding birds. We only saw them once in Holland, from the train no less! We saw a few of them during one of our birding excursions in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

I love the big fluffy tail plumes on Common Cranes. The tail plumes are shown beautifully in this tile mural. The mural is made of 12 tiles and measures 12.75″ x 17″.

For more unique tile murals, check out the The Tile Mural Shop.