Christmas Presents for Birders 2011

7 12 2011

Rough-Legged Hawk - BBRR Adopt-a-Hawk

So, in previous years I have put together some cool ideas for holiday season gifts for birders. This year I thought I’d do the same.It seems like the usual temptation is to purchase the latest field guide for ones birding buddies but to my mind that is a risky proposal fraught with duplication possibilities, so for the birder who has everything, why not try something different? Some of my suggestions are highly biased, but they are still awesome 😉

1/ Adopt a hawk. OK it’s not quite as cool as taking home your own hawk (which one ‘adopter’ mistakenly initially believed) but you do get a cool print of the bird and get to help the educational work carried out by Braddock Bay Raptor Research. Yes I know I work for them for a portion of the year but it’s got to be a better idea than getting someone a 4th or 5th copy of Nat Geo 😉 Details can be found on their website (here) or on facebook (lots of adopt-a-hawk pictures here).

2/ Buy a t-shirt, mug or tote or cap from the Birdspot Printfection Store. Products range from cute, through classy to downright hilarious. Get a piece of art and a useful product all wrapped up in one item. Personal favorites are from the Iamahawkwatcher series of course (any likeness purely coincidental).

3/ Get a membership of a cool birding organization, it could be BBRR, HMANA, National Audubon (they currently have match funding so it’s a good time to donate), The American Birding Association or the Connecticut Audubon Society just pick one – you know it makes sense.

4/ Instead of the usual field guide why not impress your birding chums with something a little more artistic like Jean Luc Mylane’s book (i have it and it’s awesome – here) or if you want something a little less contemporary and a little pricier how about the Theodore Cross Waterbirds (I was lucky enough to be sent a copy by the publisher). If a field guide it must be, of the recently published guides I would recommend the amazing ‘Hawks at a Distance’ by Jerry Liguori – a real advancement in the field and Kaufman’s ‘Field Guide to Advanced Birding’, a nice look at some of birdings tougher identification challenges.

5/ I have to say if you know anyone looking for some reasonable but excellent new binoculars I have been checking out the new Pentax line at the store here at Audubon Greenwich and the Pentax DCF BC 9×32’s absolutely rock for the price. They have a sale on in the store at the moment so it’s a good time to look for bargains.