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Great Gifts for Birdwatchers
Know someone who loves birds? Here are some great gift suggestions.
Do you know someone who is a birdwatcher? Or perhaps someone who feeds the birds year around in order to attract them to his or her backyard. Or is he or she a more active birder who hikes meadows and forests to see birds in their native habitat? Maybe your birding friend or family member is an avid birdwatcher who travels to Florida's Merritt Island or to the Gulf Coast to see birds during their migration or mating season. Or perhaps you yourself are the birdwatcher and are ready to treat yourself to that special camera or pair of binoculars to enhance your hobby.
Birdwatchers Love to Study and Feed Birds
Bird watchers of every level love to study the habits and watch the antics of our beautiful feathered friends. It does seem that bird watching is addictive. Most of us begin by putting out a little bit of seed in the winter in hopes of attracting some of the most colorful birds like cardinals, blue jays, finches or grosbeaks by supplementing their winter diets.
In the spring we might see hummingbirds hovering over our lilacs, so we hang a hummingbird feeder in our flower garden. Soon we can watch the miniature feathered dynamos swoop and dive each other before sipping nectar from our hummingbird feeder. Watching hummingbirds is addictive, as each one has its own personality. By watching closely, you will see them hide from bullies by perching under a leaf, or choosing a high lookout so that they can chase any intruders out of their territory. If you're anything like me, you might have started with one feeder and ended up with four or five so that you could accommodate the growing number of birds visiting your backyard feeders.
Best Gifts for the Birdwatchers In Your LIfe (or Yourself!)
Keep a bird guide on hand to identify birds at your feeder
A Good Field Guide to Birds Is a Necessity!
Beginning birdwatchers usually start out with a good bird guide like Sibley's or an Audubon Field Guide. It's such a thrill to be able to finally identify the beautiful visitors to our backyard bird feeders! These field guides have beautiful colored photographs, bird identification tips and loads of information about each species. You may want more than one!
Bird Figurines Are a Beautiful Addition to Home Décor
While these beautiful creatures are wonderful to study in real life, fine porcelain figurines of our favorite birds with naturalistic details and colors are also a lovely addition to indoor décor. Birds have always fascinated artists as these beautiful, graceful creatures display the whole range of colors and shapes. This is probably why birds are often favorite subjects, not only for study, but for artistic renderings in every medium from watercolor to oil, clay, porcelain and bronze. You certainly don't have to be a birdwatcher to appreciate the graceful lines or magical colors of birds in a painting or sculpture.
A strategically placed birdhouse will attract more birds to your backyard
Bird Houses, Nesting Boxes or a Bird House Kit
Putting up some bird houses and nesting boxes will attract even more birds and might give us the opportunity to see the babies as they learn to fly and beg their parents for food from a nearby branch.You can build a bird house from the many plans available for free on the internet, or order one prebuilt and ready for birds to occupy.
Binoculars designed especially for bird watchers
Binoculars or a Bird Spotting Scope
Once you become hooked on birdwatching, you will find yourself drawn to the outdoors at every time of day and night and in all kinds of weather just to see that special bird in its natural setting. While many other hobbies are definitely fair weather only, bird watchers are often willing to brave the cold and rain in order to spot their prey on camera or in their binoculars.
The birdwatcher in your life will love a pair of good binoculars or a spotting scope. They come in all price ranges to fit your budget.
Place A Birdcam Camera Inside a Nesting Box
Experienced birdwatchers will love a special gift like a birdcam which will allow them to peek into the everyday life of a bird family. This nesting box comes with a camera installed so that you can watch the eggs hatch and the parents care for their young right on your TV. Set up the bird cam before nesting season so that you can watch your favorite birds raise their family right from the first stages of nest building.
A bird feeder for seeds or nectar feeder for hummingbirds
Add one or two or more birdfeeders to your backyard to attract birds all year around. These attractive feeders are designed to be eye-appealing as well as useful. They'll had a beautiful touch to your backyard, and the birds will love the too!
Fill seed feeders with different kinds of seed to attract a variety of birds. You may even want one of the squirrel proof feeders for yourself!
Don't forget a hummingbird feeder - you'll love watching these bright little daredevils swoop and dive! Put feeders on your porch or close to your windows to get a close-up view of the hummers.
Great idea for photographers!
Bird watchers are often frustrated when they want to photograph that special bird because they must juggle unwieldy cameras and binoculars. The Vivitar Digicam Binoculars allow bird watchers to view their quarry and photograph with one piece of equipment.
Here is a selection of beautiful bird calendars
Bird Calendars are Beautiful and Inexpensive Gifts
Soon our fascination with birds expands to collecting bird books, calendars and art prints. A calendar with beautiful photographs of birds in their natural setting is a wonderful gift. Many of the calendar photographs will make beautiful framed pieces to decorate your home.
If you are not yet a birdwatcher, browsing through some of the beautiful calendars and bird guides on the market may just get you started on a wonderful new hobby. You may even be inspired to take up painting or photography in order to create your own bird artwork.
Copyright ©2010 Stephanie Henkel
These Are Great Links for More Information On Bird Watching
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology
For extensive information and on-line bird guides, check out Cornell University's award winning web site. Here you will find help in bird identification as well many photographs and bird watching tips.
- Bird Watching Habits, Learn About Backyard Birds
Bird watching Information about the nesting, feeding, and mating habits of North American backyard birds.