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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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.

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: Birdwatcher Mug

Posted on January 5th, 2013 in Contest, Giveaway

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

Contest alert: Swarovski Binoculars

Posted on December 29th, 2012 in Contest

Use this Facebook form to enter for a chance to win Swarovski EL binoculars. Entries must be submitted by 15 February 2013. Via the Swarovski Optik Facebook page.

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.

HD video: Endangered Hawaii

Posted on September 18th, 2012 in Endangered, Extinct, Video

Did you know that Hawaii “can rightly be called the bird extinction capital of the world”? 32 endemic bird species are federally listed as endangered. Please watch this excellent video produced by the American Bird Conservancy to learn more about bird life on Hawaii. The first third is a bit depressing, but stick with it to learn about what is being done and what work still needs to be done. The HD video looks great full screen, so be sure to click the expand icon in the lower right corner.

Video: Gull Steals Sunset

Posted on September 17th, 2012 in Funny, Video

A gull nabbed a running GoPro camera in San Francisco and took it for a joyride. 59 seconds of laridae laughs:

Bird Book Hour

Posted on September 8th, 2012 in Books, Video

Bill Thompson III of Bird Watcher’s Digest discusses a few bird titles in this cute little video, including the “Hamburger Helper for your field guide.” To see what book he’s talking about, watch below!

SALE: Latest Bird T-Shirts @ Threadless

Posted on August 30th, 2012 in Pop Culture, Products

Threadless has a super sale going on right now with shirts as low as $9.95. There are always some awesome bird t-shirts in the mix. Here are a few that I haven’t highlighted before.

Tweet is on sale for $9.99. Twitter has naturally always been associated with birds; this cute design has two tweetin’ birds hanging out on a branch together.

Raven ($9.99 on sale) is my favorite of this bunch. Got Ravens on my mind lately… you’ll see why soon. đŸ˜‰

Those Damn Birds is available on sale shirts ($9.99) and iPhone cases (from $37.50). I like this clever Alfred Hitchcock “The Birds” tribute gag design.

Them Birds ($9.99 on sale) is an awesome Alfred Hitchcock / Angry Birds mashup.

Flamenco (from $9.95 on sale; also iPhone cases) is a lovely artistic watercolor-style design. The super-pink flamingos look great on the lighter pink background.

A few of the Threadless bird shirts I mentioned in previous posts [Favorite Owl T-Shirts and Bird Tees @ Threadless] are available in this sale, too.

Owl Nebula: $12.95 Girly Boat Neck Tee only
Bird Nests: $9.95 Guys Organic Jersey Tee only
Owls Ask Too Many Questions: $9.95 Guys Tee
Field Study 01: from $9.99; several styles
The Incredible Hawk: Threadless Zip Hoody @$24.95
Song Bird: $9.95 Girly styles
The Northern Black-capped Gumchewer: $9.99; Guys & Girly styles
Bird Brain: $9.95 Girly Open Neck Tee only

The sale ends on August 31st at 10AM Central, but since quantities are limited these styles might sell out before the sale is over. If you see something you like, better not wait!