Gifts for the Birder on Your List
Nature Gifts for Bird Lovers at Christmas or Any Special Occasion
Are you looking for a holiday gift for the bird watchers on your list? If so, then you've come to the right place. We are nature lovers and have searched the web to find great gifts that we, birders, would like to receive.
We have featured the best guide books, binoculars, cameras, apparel, feeders, nest boxes and more. As well as Christmas ornaments and cards. There are also links to other pages with more great gifts for nature lovers that would be just right for your favorite birder for Christmas or any holiday or special occasion.
Prothonotary Warbler in Birdbath photo by Y.L. Bordelon, All Rights Reserved
Protonotary Warbler Bath Card
Prothonotary warbler bath card and postage and many other nature photographic prints, calendars and ornaments by naturegirl7 are available on Zazzle, a print-on-demand site.
We Love Birding
We have been birders for over 30 years, probably longer. Since we were both children we spent most of our free time outdoors observing nature's fantastic creatures. I would tromp around the hills and dales on our ranch in north Louisiana and Al would spend the day in Audubon Park at the zoo, the lagoon and the hatchery.
Birds are such fascinating creatures that they soon became our favorite animal to observe. When we married and bought our first house, we put up bird feeders and baths and began to plant trees, shrubs and flowers that would provide food and nesting sites for the songbirds in our area. Before we knew it, we had created a backyard wildlife habitat that attracted a variety of permanent residents and migrants. Our life list grew and many of the more unusual sightings were in our own backyard.
Most birders feed the birds and many like to garden for them as we do. Birding is a hobby that you can enjoy during all stages of your life, from childhood on through your elder years.
Solar Birdbath Fountain
Fountains that are powered by the sun are more earth friendly and energy efficient. The sound of running water attracts birds to the source. This attractive birdbath can be used by small and large birds alike.
What can you get for the Birder on your list?
Hummingbirds of Louisiana Calendar
Nature Calendars - Beautiful and Useful
Beautiful nature calendars are a gift that can be appreciated throughout the year. I've found, what I feel, are some of the most beautiful and unique on Zazzle. These calendars can be customized and personalized in every way - the year, special dates, styles, even the photos.
The Best Binoculars
Any birder would be thrilled with this pair of binoculars. They are the best on Amazon, however I prefer straight line ones that are much less expensive. My bird watching is in the forests and from the windows. Since I watch hummingbirds and birds at the feeder, I prefer binoculars that perform well from 4 or 5 feet away as well as at a distance. My old Bushnell SLC 8x42 have served me well.
Binocular Harness Strap
This is a great design. I love how it holds the binoculars close to the body so they are at the ready. The harness allows you to bend over and move around without having to grasp them with one hand. You can even garden while wearing your binoculars.
Bird Christmas Ornaments - Cardinal
Cardinals and Holly symbolize Christmas. The bright red males stand out in the winter. Cardinals begin to pair up in late winter and the males are beautiful at this time.
Bluebird Holly Ornament
Bluebirds are permanent residents. During winter they gather in groups and feed on holly and other native berries. In late January, here in the south, the males begin to search for a nesting cavity. In the north, groups of bluebirds will seek shelter in nest boxes.
Birders Love Books About Birds
Birders Need a Good Bird Guide
I have two favorite bird guides. Sibley is one of them. I like it for the descriptions and also the accurate drawings. This one covers the birds in the United States. There are also smaller guides that cover the east or the west.
Take it from me, birders can't have too many different guide books. Each one is unique. The Kaufman guide is another of my most favorite.
Many people create wildlife gardens. Gardening for birds will bring the birds to you. Creating a habitat for birds and other wildlife adds another layer of enjoyment to your yard. Stokes Bird Gardening is one of the many books available that will help you plant the things that birds need to thrive.
See how you do on the video quiz below. Not a birder? Well give it a try. The photos are lovely.
Bird Quiz Video - Birds and Blooms
Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
This Brome feeder is squirrel proof and also has a special perch for Cardinals. We have had one of the tube style for many years. It withstood attacks by squirrels and even chewing raccoons and still operates well. One trick we learned is to use safflower seeds instead of sunflower. The birds love them, but the squirrels and raccoons don't.
What gift would you like to receive?
Spring Eastern Bluebird Poster
Bluebird Nest Boxes on eBay
When buying bluebird boxes it is important that the dimensions and the hole size follow the specifications of the North American Bluebird Society. The house should also have a monitoring and clean-out door. The front should have no perch and the roof should overhang the front to provide shade and to act as a predator guard.
Hummingbird Lovers Look Here
Don't forget about the hummingbirds. In the Southern U.S. species such as Rufous, Black chinned and broad-tailed spend the winter. We leave our hummingbird feeders up year-round. I have twice as many Perky Pet feeders so that I can just exchange a batch to clean them.
Many people specialize in a certain kind of bird, such as hummingbirds so there are many guides and other books written just about these winged jewels. Wildlife gardeners may enjoy Nancy Newfield's Hummingbird Garden book.
Peterson Hummingbirds of North America
Sheri Williamson has written an excellent guide to North American hummingbirds. Descriptions are accurate and thorough and the photos detail several points of identification for each species of bird.
Regal Ruby-throat Poster
Many Birders Like to Photograph Nature
For bird photography, you need a camera with a minimum of 12x optical zoom and higher is better. We used a Canon PowerShot S5IS to take most of the photographs on this page. We upgraded to the 12MP PowerShot SX50 with a 50X optical zoom and just love it.
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