Great Gifts for Backyard Bird Watchers
Watching the birds at our feeders is great entertainment at any time of the year. The whole family can enjoy the antics of our feathered friends while they frolic and feed and sing. Of course, we need to provide the basics - food, water and shelter. The better the variety of seed, the more species will be encouraged to visit. Any avid backyard bird watcher will appreciate a thoughtful gift to enhance the experience. Here are a few unique ideas that are sure to please the birder on your gift list.
Bird Cam -
Want to see what the birds are doing while you're not home? This innovative bird camera put out by Audubon takes digital photos and videos of your backyard wildlife activity. A sensor detects motion and takes clear photos and videos so there are minimal empty frames. Sounds are included. The Bird Cam is weatherproof and easy-to-use. There are no wires. It records to an SD card or a 32MB internal memory so you'll have images in no time at all. There are several mounting options but the camera can be simply attached to a tree by stretch cords which are included. This gift has great revues by satisfied users.
Birdsong IdentiFlyer -
With this nifty gadget, you can learn all the songs that the birds sing. This portable identifier allows you to press a button until you find the song that matches what you hear. There are 25 different song cards available covering over 120 types of birds. You can select cards by habitat (forest, lakes and rivers, meadow) or by district (eastern or western). It comes with earphones (so you don't disturb the birds), guidebook and a carrying case. This is a great item to take with you while hiking or camping or just to identify the birds in your backyard.
Solar-Powered Birdbath -
Made of durable cast aluminum and iron, this grapevine-designed birdbath is perfect for any yard. It comes with a solar-powered light so it serves as both an interesting focal point at night as well as during the day. You will enjoy watching the birds bathe in their own elegant vineyard. It also comes with a base planter which is a perfect place for colorful flowers. Customer revues emphasize the quality and durability of this birdbath as well as their delight with the solar lights at night.
Birder's Journal -
National Geographic puts out a comprehensive journal for bird watchers. There is nothing better than being able to document your bird sightings with an easy-to-use checklist covering every species recorded in North America including the accidental visitor. Each entry is accompanied by illustrations by well-known bird artists. There are 960 birds identified by both their common and Latin names. You can record the place, time and date that the bird was spotted and there is more space allowed for additional notes.
Fruit and Jelly Bird Feeder -
Not your ordinary bird feeder, this well-constructed feeder has the avian sweet tooth in mind. Made of sculptured copper, a dish one one side is provided to fill up with jelly. On the other side you can twist in apples, pears or oranges onto the copper spirals. The hook design makes it easy to hang from a tree branch. This feeder is the creation of artisan John Hill whose work in copper is extraordinary. Revues for this item are all five star.
Clay Bird Whistle -
This handcrafted bird whistle is sculptured from terra cotta clay and is touted as a "finger flute". You can talk with the birds in style. With the combination of the finger hole and the hole at the flute end, you can create a variety of chirps, whistles and other bird sounds. Each whistle has been lovingly tuned and burnished and then fired for about ten hours. It comes with a cord lanyard so you can wear it around your neck. This is a great gift offered by the Oregon Flute Store.
Bird Watcher -
The Bird Watcher is a whimsical bird house and a perfect nesting spot for small birds like wrens and chickadees. The work of artisan Monte Spinker, the face-designed birdhouse will make you smile. The birds enter through the nose of the character called Chick-a-dee Chet who holds a bird in one hand and binoculars in the other. Spinker fashioned them after the old world belief in house spirits and having one is supposed to bring good luck to your home and keep all evil spirits away.
Birds & Bloom Magazine -
This is a gift that gives all year long and perfect for the backyard enthusiast. Around since 1995, this magazine is packed full with colorful photos of birds and butterflies and flowers. Readers share their own experiences and project tips like building a handmade birdhouse or attracting certain species to your yard. They offer contests and invite your input and questions. This great magazine is all about celebrating your own backyard and bird-lovers will thank you for it.
Suet To-Go Basket -
These great little baskets are packed with nutritious high-energy suet mix and seed. The birds will love to see these reed-woven baskets hanging among the trees. All you do is unwrap them and they are ready to go. This affordable gift is reusable too. Once the pre-packed suet is gone, you can refill them with more suet, fruit, peanuts or seeds. They are very popular in my own backyard and the birds are dining out in style. Comes in sets of three and sold by Duncraft.
Digital Camera Binoculars -
You can capture what you see and save any bird sighting you experience with these great compact camera binoculars. They are small enough to fit in your pocket yet the high magnification and advanced technology will provide clear images. The camera comes with 16 MB of internal memory and a flip-up LCD screen so you can view your camera images before you shoot. It comes with all the bells and whistles too including USB port and cable, neck strap, carrying case and lens cloth.