Are you looking for useful and unique presents to give this holiday season? Here are a few gift ideas for the birders on your gift list.
Such Good Birds is a New Jersey-based stationery shop run by owner/artist Julia Hutchinson. She sells bird-themed products, including fun pencil pouches, notebooks, notepads, pens, stickers, enamel pins, letter sets, and more.
Wendy Barnes of Florida-based Wendy Barnes Design sells reusable accessories inspired by wildlife featuring original pen and ink artwork. One of the many items on her website is the hummingbird-themed Utility Towel at left ($16), a combination of a dishcloth and paper towel so you can do necessary kitchen cleanup and also reduce waste.
Christopher W. Leahy’s new book Birdpedia is a whimsical look at birds and birding featuring bird terms and taxonomies, ornithological folklore, and famous birders. Featuring nearly 200 entries — on topics ranging from plumage and migration to birds in art, literature, and folklore — this enticing collection is brimming with wisdom and wit about all things avian.
It’s important to stay hydrated while birding, and this portable pocket water purifier can help you do so safely. The pen comes with a rechargeable battery that will purify about 25 liters per charge.
Naturalized Parrots of the World: Distribution, Ecology, and Impacts of the World’s Most Colorful Colonizers, Edited by Stephen Pruett-Jones, Princeton University Press, 2021, hardcover, 304 pages, $45.
Due to the caged pet trade, many species of parrots have established breeding populations in countries they were introduced to. Naturalized Parrots of the World is the first book to look at that group of birds. The book takes a serious look at the issue with 19 chapters written by leading researchers in parrot studies. The experts discuss the global distribution of parrots, their genetics, conservation implications, and human responses to the birds. They also consider debates surrounding management issues and the lack of consensus around non-native species in the wild.
Shalana Frisby and her husband, Stephen, produce a wide range of spiral notebooks for different hobbies, including birding. Made with premium quality paper and plastic, water-resistant front and back covers, the Birder Journal can go out in the field with you.
Attach the Gem Window Hummingbird Feeder to the window by your favorite spot and get a close look at hummingbirds visiting the feeder. It holds four ounces of nectar and provides plenty of perching space for the birds.
100 Flying Birds: Photographing the Mechanics of Flight, By Peter Cavanagh, Firefly Books, 2021, hardcover, 320 pages, $49.95.
Photographer Peter Cavanagh shares 100 photos of different birds in flight and shares his thoughts on the challenges of each shoot, information about the destination, and more.
The HummZinger HighView feeder comes with four feeding ports and a bright red cover to help attract birds. The high perch also allows for unobstructed views of visiting birds.
This stunning book celebrates birds in art, culture, fashion, history, and ornithology across the globe in more than 300 images. The first thing you notice, aside from its beautiful cover, is its size. It measures about 10x12x1.5 inches and weighs a hefty 5.6 lbs. After an introduction from acclaimed science writer, illustrator, and fine artist Katrina van Grouw, the book is arranged with two images per spread (in most cases) along with text about each photo or artwork. The images complement one another, revealing how artists, illustrators, ornithologists, and photographers — from ancient Egypt to the present — have captured the spirit, likeness, character, and symbolism of birds.
Keep the water in your birdbath from freezing with the Gesail Bird Bath Heater. It’s designed to fit and work safely with most birdbaths, and it won’t heat the water, just melt ice.
Several of these products were featured in the “On The Wire” section of the November/December 2021 issue of BirdWatching Magazine.