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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.

Audubon BirdCam

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.

Solar Birdbath

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 -

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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.

Fruit and Jelly Feeder

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.

Clay Bird Whistle

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.

Bird Watcher

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.

Birds & Bloom Magazine

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.

Suet To-Go Basket

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.

Digital Camera Binoculars


suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on April 08, 2014:

Hi Suhail - I've learned to outsmart the squirrels but not the bears. Thanks for stopping by.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on April 07, 2014:

My wife gifted me with a bird feeder in 2005 that led to mice problem within a few months. That was the end of it.

Now I only put suet. It is cleaner and doesn't lead to mice or squirrel problem.

Thanks for sharing a very informative hub. I read it late, but then better late than never.

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on September 07, 2013:

Awesome ideas here! Thanks for sharing.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on July 20, 2013:

Thank you all.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on July 19, 2013:

Wow! What an awesome hub, Suziecat. I love birdwatching and these are great ideas. I especially love the bird cam and the song identifier ideas. Thanks for sharing! UP/U/I/A

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on December 16, 2012:

What wonderful gift ideas! I love watching the birds around my house. I currently have 2 bird feeders, (not including my hummingbird feeder), and 2 bird baths. There are so many good ideas here, I may have to give myself a gift too! :) Voting this up and useful!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 16, 2012:

Thanks for sharing these girl items for bird watchers. They can be appreciated by anyone. I love the bird cam! What fun that must be!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on December 16, 2012:

Merry Christmas to you too, Rusticliving. Glad you liked.

Liz Rayen from California on December 16, 2012:

I LOVE this hub suziecat! I am always looking for more ways to watch the birds. I have my typical hummingbird and wild bird feeders, but these ideas are great! Definitely bookmarking this one. Thumbs up and shared!!! Merry Christmas to you!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 21, 2012:

Thanks, WillStarr. Hummingbirds are great enough!

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on October 20, 2012:

We have mostly hummingbirds, and doves. Not too many songbirds in the city. Great photos!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 10, 2012:

Grandma - Thank you so much. I do love my suet-to-go baskets. Enjoy!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 10, 2012:

Hi Billybuc - You are welcome - thanks for reading.

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on October 08, 2012:

The suet-to-go baskets and the bird cam are definitely on my list of wishes for Christmas. Great ideas that I voted Up and Useful, also Pinned!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 07, 2012:

We are just starting to incorporate some of these ideas into our backyard as we change the shape of the yard. We love seeing the birds in the early morning. Thank you for the suggestions!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 06, 2012:

Avianvoice - I loved the little owls too but it was a YouTube find. I hope to get the cam for Christmas. Thanks so much for reading.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 06, 2012:

Definitely great ideas. I was very impressed with the little owls at the birdbath. I take it that you have the cam?

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 06, 2012:

Hi Phyllis - I hang those suet-to-go baskets in the trees here. Birds love them - like having a private table in a restaurant. Nice to live in a migratory zone - we only get the occasional stranger here. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on October 06, 2012:

Great hub, Suziecat -- I want to run out and find all those gifts, especially the bird bath/planter, the Chickadee Chet house, and the bird song identifier. Living in a migratory zone here in Nevada gives us a wonderful opportunity to see and hear all species of birds.

I had a subscription to Birds and Bloom -- it is a wonderful magazine and I so enjoyed it. Time to renew that.

Thank you so much for all your tips. With the bird gifts I will be getting, this will be a "flighty" year for gifting.

Kate McBride from Donegal Ireland on October 06, 2012:

Such a great variety of gifts for bird lovers. Feeding birds is so worthwhile especially in Winter. I really liked the videos and photos too. Thanks for sharing this hub.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on October 06, 2012:

I'll think positive thoughts--no wetland rats, no deer trying to jump the fence, no skunks....the list goes on but no black bears~ I'd probably do it just to get pictures--but my dogs might not think it was too cool probably. Good luck! Love birdwatching myself so these are definitely great ideas for that list~

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 06, 2012:

Akirchner - Nice to see you. Same problem here with the "other" critters including black bears. I didn't feed the birds all summer. But, like you, I'm going to try again. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on October 06, 2012:

Hi Suziecat--I think I need to have all of these so I can take more bird photos. No kidding on the bird cam and the digital camera binoculars. They are on my list that's for sure. I'm just getting ready to tentatively hang some suet and some thistle and see if we can get away with it this time~ We live on a wetlands which is great but there are so many "other" animals that we attract, it gets a little worrisome--and my malamutes go absolutely nuts over the "other" animals so we've given it up for a few years. With it being so cold already though it seems a worthwhile try to see if we can do it this time--I so miss them and the photo ops right in my backyard~ Great information! Passing it to my husband for Christmas~

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 06, 2012:

Thanks, Anupma.

Dr Anupma Srivastava from India on October 06, 2012:

Wow great pictures. Nice hub. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, interesting and beautiful.

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