BirdsEye app, Haitian metalwork, grape jelly, and two feeders
A bird-finding app from Kenn Kaufman, beautiful bird-filled metalwork from Haiti, special grape jelly for birds, a customizable, and sparkling, hummingbird feeder, and a pole-mounted tube feeder that makes refilling a breeze.
Published: April 23, 2010
Bird Garden Beyond Borders Haitian Metal Work
Handmade from an old oil drum by a folk artisan in Haiti, this is a sculpture you can enjoy indoors or out. We like the carefree look of the birds, and we especially like that both the importer and the vendor, Oregon’s Northwest Nature Shop, promise to donate 100 percent of profits (about 70 percent of the total sale) directly to the artists, most of whom lost their homes and loved ones in the recent earthquake. 17x11"
Jelly made specifically for birds — what a great idea! BirdBerry contains no corn sweetener and no additives or preservatives, and it’s all natural. (Ingredients are grape juice, concord grapes, blackberries, and pure granular sugar.) Best of all, the grape-blackberry formula attracts catbirds, woodpeckers, and other birds as well as orioles. Comes in a squeezable 20.5-ounce container.
Hum Sweet Hum
This feeder is like no other. Each dishwasher-safe unit holds 16 ounces of nectar, has a built-in 4-ounce ant moat, and offers 54 raised hexagonal feeding ports that sparkle in the sunlight, attracting hummers. Slide one, two, or three units onto the 23.5-inch hanger, and you’ll be ready for any number of hungry birds. Also available: dangling perches, pole-mount ant moat.
One-tier $49.99, two-tier $83.99, three-tier $115.99
When we want to know what birds other birdwatchers are seeing and where, we simply pick up our iPhone, tap the icon for this new app, and voilà: an instant list of recent sightings. The app combines data from eBird with text from Contributing Editor Kenn Kaufman, who described habitats and behaviors for more than 800 species. Photos and sounds offer further ID help. Also runs on iPod touch.
The Effort-less Birdfeeder
This feeder is great for those of us who aren’t as tall as Chuck or Matt and don’t like climbing or reaching up to refill or clean a feeder. Simply remove the pin beneath the squirrel baffle, and the tube and feeding trays slide down. When finished, push the unit back up and replace the pin. What could be simpler? Feeder holds 10 cups of seed, and the 20" base holds 30 pounds of sand for stability. 80" high.
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