Upside-Down Envy

Some birds feed by hanging upside down. There are "sock" style thistle seed feeders for goldfinches designed for the birds to be able to hang any which way. Nuthatches and some warblers also move around tree trunks and branches upside down as naturally as they do right side up. I came across these feeders on Amazon that feature images of birds eating upside down. Some are natural. Not all of them, though...

1 Perky-Pet 733 Metro 2-in-1 Bird Feeder

I ran across this Perky-Pet feeder. It looks pretty straightforward, but the Tufted Titmouse on the left side seems to be having trouble using the feeder. It's perched upside down with its beak nowhere near a food port. Maybe it's just playing?

2 No/No Bronze Original Bird Feeder

Found on Amazon

Like I said, there are birds that will naturally feed while hanging or standing upside down. Take, for instance, the clip art nuthatch on this feeder. This kind of feeder is mesh all around, giving complete access to the seed. Old-school, regular-perching birds can use the perches on the bottom, while nuthatches can swoop in an get a seed from wherever.

3 Perky-Pet Upside Down Goldfinch Feeder

Found on Amazon

Then there are bird feeders designed so the patrons have to hang upside down on them, like this feeder for finches. Rather than having a mesh surface like the feeder above, or using cloth sock-style material, this is a clear, solid cylinder feeder with ports for the nyger, or thistle, seed. The perches are arranged below the ports so any bird who wants to get at the seed is obliged to hang upside-down.

Repost of article first published 01/11/2012

T-Shirt Tuesday: Stylized Bird Illustrations

We have a collection of Stylized Bird Illustration designs. This week I'd like to highlight another group of three from the series: Stylized Stork; Stylized Horned Lark; and Stylized Swallow-tailed Flycatcher.

Each bird is drawn in simple black or white outlines. These are original, artistic bird designs that look great on a variety of our apparel styles.

Stylized Stork Women's V-Neck Dark T-Shirt Women's V-Neck T-Shirt – This stylish, stylized illustration of a stork makes a great gift idea for birders. This simple stork line drawing makes a great image for birth or pregnancy announcements too! View on CafePress
Stylized Lark Women's Light T-Shirt Women's Value T-Shirt – This stylish, stylized illustration of a Horned Lark makes a great gift idea for Lark fans. A simple line drawing of a Horned Lark for everyone that loves these beautiful birds! View on CafePress
Swallow-tailed Flycatcher Long Sleeve Dark T-Shirt Men's Long Sleeve T-Shirt – This simple line drawing represents a Swallow-tailed Flycatcher. View on CafePress

T-Shirt Tuesday: Alpha-code Ovals

This week's highlighted t-shirts feature bird alpha-codes in Euro oval sticker style. These were designed for oval bumper stickers, but the design works on t-shirts and apparel as well. There are 16 species to choose from, and your requests are welcome! Shown here are PIPL (Piping Plover); CALC (California Condor); FLSJ (Florida Scrub-Jay); MAFR (Magnificent Frigatebird); IBWO (Ivory-billed Woodpecker); KIWA (Kirtland's Warbler); WHCR (Whooping Crane); and OROR (Orchard Oriole).

PIPL Piping Plover Alpha Code Women's Dark T-Shirt Women's Value T-Shirt – This oval euro-style sticker design has the alpha code for the endangered Piping Plover: PIPL. Show you're a bird lover with this sticker. View on CafePress
CALC California Condor Alpha Code Sweatshirt Men's Crewneck Sweatshirt – This oval euro-style sticker design has the alpha code for the endangered California Condor: CALC. Show you're a bird lover with this sticker. View on CafePress
FLSJ Florida Scrub-Jay Alpha Code Jr. Spaghetti Ta Jr. Spaghetti Tank – This oval euro-style sticker design has the alpha code for the endangered Florida Scrub-Jay: FLSJ. Show you're a bird lover with this sticker. View on CafePress
MAFR Magnificent Frigatebird Alpha Code Baseball J Men's Baseball Shirt – This oval euro-style sticker design has the alpha code for the Magnificent Frigatebird: MAFR. Show you're a bird lover with this sticker. View on CafePress
IBWO Ivory-billed Woodpecker Alpha Code White T-Sh Men's Value T-Shirt – This oval euro-style sticker design has the alpha code for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker: IBWO. Show you're a bird lover with this sticker. View on CafePress
Girl's Tee Girls Classic T-Shirt – Girl's Tee 100% ringspun cotton Girls slim fit with contemporary longer length Machine wash cold, tumble dry low View on CafePress
OvalWHCR Women's Classic T-Shirt Women's Classic T-Shirt – This oval euro-style sticker design has the alpha code for the endangered Whooping Crane: WHCR. Show you're a bird lover with this sticker. View on CafePress
OROR Orchard Oriole Alpha Code Dark T-Shirt Men's Value T-Shirt – This oval euro-style sticker design has the alpha code for the Orchard Oriole: OROR. Show you're a bird lover with this unique sticker-style design. View on CafePress

T-Shirt Tuesday: 2x Property of (Birdy) Dept.

This week's highlighted shirts are inspired by traditional collegiate sweatshirts and tees. We've got something for you, whether birding is your passion or your ornithology is your profession: Property of Birding Dept and Property of Ornithology Dept. The two designs are shown below on a small selection of what we've got available for purchase:

Property of Ornithology Department Baseball Jersey Men's Baseball Shirt – This Property of Ornithology Department collegiate-style logo is a great design for any ornithologist or future ornithologist. Ornithology is the study of birds. A great gift idea for ornithologists! View on CafePress
Property of Birding Dept. Women's Dark T-Shirt Women's Value T-Shirt – This Property of Birding Department collegiate-style logo is a great design for birders everywhere. Birdwatching is a fun and popular hobby for anyone! Here's a great gift idea for any birder. View on CafePress
Property of Birding Department Sweatshirt Men's Crewneck Sweatshirt – This Property of Birding Department collegiate-style logo is a great design for birders everywhere. Birdwatching is a fun and popular hobby for anyone! Here's a great gift idea for any birder. View on CafePress
Prop. of Ornithology Dep Women's Hooded Sweatshirt Women's Hooded Sweatshirt – Women's Hooded Sweatshirt 100% cotton Charcoal Heather has black drawstrings Double lined hood Kangaroo style pocket Contemporary fit View on CafePress

T-Shirt Tuesday: 3x for Twitchers

Have you ever gone twitching? Lots of birders do - they hear of a rare bird sighting not too far from where they are, or maybe very far away, and go out and try to find that bird. For serious twitchers, like birders doing a big year, the rare bird doesn't even have to be close at all. It just has to be rare, or otherwise missing from their life list. This week's highlighted shirts are all devoted twitchers.

 

Twitch Twitch Again Classic White Women's T-Shirt

Found on CafePress

First up is this t-shirt with twitch-ified proverb: If at first you don't succeed, twitch twitch again. Sometimes you can't get that wanted bird on the first try, but that doesn't mean you have to give up! The text phrase is shown here on a classic fit women's white t-shirt.

Funny Twitched and Lost Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Found on CafePress

This design inspired by Shakespeare reads 'Tis better to have Twitched and lost Than never to have Twitched at all. Even an unsuccessful birding outing is better than a day sitting around indoors, right? You'll get your target bird next time! The design is shown here on a men's or unisex navy long sleeve tee.

 

Twitchy Woman Dark Red V-Neck T-Shirt

Found on CafePress

This one is just for the ladies. Twitchy Woman is shown here on a dark red / garnet v-neck t-shirt.

T-Shirt Tuesday: Stylized Bird Illustrations (2)

We have a collection of Stylized Bird Illustration designs. This week I'd like to highlight another group of three from the series: Stylized Owl; Stylized Swan; and Stylized Wren. Each bird is drawn in simple black or white outlines. These are original, artistic bird designs that look especially fine on the colored shirts shown below.

Stylized Swan Kids Dark T-Shirt Kids T-Shirt – A stylish image of a swan swimming on water made up of simple black and white lines. This original swan design is perfect for bird lovers and swan fans. View on CafePress
Stylized Owl Jr. Spaghetti Tank Jr. Spaghetti Tank – This stylish, stylized illustration of an owl makes a great gift idea for owl fans. A simple line drawing of a Great Horned Owl or a... View on CafePress
Stylized Wren Dark T-Shirt Men's Value T-Shirt – This stylish, stylized illustration of a Wren makes a great gift idea for Wren fans. A simple line drawing of a Wren for everyone that loves these beautiful birds! View on CafePress
Stylized Swan Girl's Tee Girls Classic T-Shirt – Girl's Tee 100% ringspun cotton Girls slim fit with contemporary longer length Machine wash cold, tumble dry low View on CafePress