Shopping season is here! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gifts for bird lovers, and I’ve also asked the members of the Birds & Blooms Bird-Watchers Community Forum for their ideas too.
Monthly Birdseed Deliveries: Backyard birders know that keeping the feeders full can be a full-time job! Save your favorite birder at least one trip to the store each month by arranging to have bird seed delivered regularly to their door. I recently set up regular delivery of black oil sunflower seed every month for only about $16, so it’s really surprisingly affordable. Check out this option from Amazon.com, or do a web search for “bird seed delivery”.
Audubon Calendar: This calendar will help a bird-lover keep track of the date while learning more about the birds in their own backyard! This gift well-within just about anyone’s price range too. (Amazon.com, approx. $9)
The Warbler Guide: Warblers are common sights in backyards and out in the wild, but telling them apart can be a frustrating experience. This new book by Tom Stephensen and Scott Whittle can help. It’s available in both a paperbound and digital edition, so you can choose the reading experience best for your recipient. Learn much more about the book by clicking here. (Amazon.com, approx. $18)
Logitech “Tweet-Tweet’ Wireless Mouse: One of our Community members received this as a gift recently, and as soon as she shared a photo of it, I knew it was going to make it on my Bird Lovers list this year. Works for PC and Mac. (Approx. $23 at Amazon.com)
Deluxe Feeding Station: Turns out I’m not the only one who’s had my eye on this feeding station for a great gift! Birds & Blooms Community member CatsBirds has this on her wish list too, noting “everything would be all together”. This station doesn’t come with the hanging feeders, but it includes four large hooks for your own feeders, a four-pronged hanger for suet balls, a mesh tray for mealworms, and a removable water dish, and is all mounted on a 7.5 foot pole. (Duncraft.com, approx $60)
More Community Recommendations:
Double Woodpecker Suet Feeder, recommended by CatsBirds: “I have really liked this feeder… it gives the woodpeckers a place to put their tail while feeding.” (Duncraft.com, approx $40)
Birdbath Heater, recommended by steve232__nc: “I would strongly recommend a heater for a bird bath. I got mine [shown below on left] several years ago… and on cold winter mornings the bird bath gets a lot of bird traffic looking for a water source.” A great option is the one shown on the right below, which looks like a rock and turns on only when the water temperature drops below 35°F. (DrsFosterSmith.com, approx $35)
Duncraft Gift Certificate, recommended by Posynut_NY_zone4: “Most everyone likes the Duncraft products so a gift certificate to their store would be appreciated. They have a multitude of items for the birdwatcher/feeder to choose from.” Duncraft is a well-known for quality birding supplies, and their certificates are available in both standard Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates for last-minute gifting.
What additional items do you recommend for birders? Give us your suggestions here, or join our Bird-Watching community and exchange ideas with other birders from around the globe!