WORDS ON BIRDS
Gifts For Dads To Enjoy Birds More
June 10, 2017
June 18th, is Fatherís Day. If Dad is head-over-heels about birds,
or just has a passing interest, then I can suggest, again, a few
gift ideas that might help make his day special:
For any Dad who would like to see birds closer, whether it be in the
backyard or on Plum Island,, a pair of binoculars or a spotting
scope would make a great gift! Todayís binoculars are lighter,
brighter, and sharper, and they come in all price ranges. You donít
have to spend a lot of money to get a good pair of binoculars these
days. And most binoculars are versatile enough that if he gets tired
of birds, then they can to be helpful at the ball park, at a
concert, or on a boat.
scope will bring birds even closer than an eight or ten power pair
of binoculars. If Dad wants a better look at an owl or an eagle in a
nest, a shorebird on Joppa Flats, or an egret in the Great Marsh, a
scope will bring those birds twenty to sixty times closer! A
spotting scope used for birding can also double as an astronomical
scope whereby he can see the craters of the moon, the rings around
Saturn, or the moons around Jupiter.
If Dad is just curious about the names of birds in the yard or
around town, a field guide might be the perfect gift. There are many
field guides that are simple to use, even for the beginners. Some
guides just include feeder or yard birds while others include all of
Massachusetts. An Eastern US field guide will allow Dad to take it
with him on his next trip to Florida and it will include those
Southern specialty birds as well.
bird feeder is a safe gift for any Dad who has even a casual
interest in birds. Even if Dad has a bird feeder, he can always use
another. The most popular ones today are the Squirrel Busters. They
come in all sizes and price range, but they are the most effective
feeders on the market for keeping squirrels at bay. The squirrelís
weight shuts off the food supply, frustrating them to the point of
giving up. It will allow Dad to enjoy the tranquility of birds and
reduce his frustration with squirrels.
If yard work and maintenance is not Dadís thing, many of the latest
tube feeders have been redesigned for easier cleaning. Many feeders
now allow the bottom of the feeder to pop off with the simple push
of a button. Dad will enjoy the ease of cleaning the feeders and
thus making them healthier for the birds.
This time of year is a good time for Dad to try a hummingbird or
oriole feeder. Hummingbird feeders filled with sugar water attract
these fascinating little gems. An oriole feeder with oranges and
grape jelly might draw these colorful birds close for easy viewing.
In addition to orioles visiting our jelly here at the store, we also
see catbirds and house finches enjoying the jelly!
For those Dads who have enough feeders, a bird bath will draw more
birds to the yard. Even birds that donít normally come to seed
feeders will enjoy the availability of fresh water. If he has a bird
bath, a Water Wiggler or Waterfall Rock moves the water in an
existing bath and will helps to attract more birds.
If Dad is too lazy to fill a bird feeder or to put water in a bird
bath, a bird house might be the right gift for him. A bird house is
relatively maintenance free Ė though cleaning them out at the end or
beginning of the nesting season is advisable. Birds will also use
bird houses in the winter to keep warm and get out of the elements,
especially at night. Houses come in all shapes and sizes, from plain
cedar to painted with copper or Verdi-gris roofs. Matching a bird
house to Dadís personality could be fun.
If Dad is a true couch potato, perhaps he would just like to read
about birds and the joy of watching birds. Grovelandís Doug
Chickeringís Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler is a collection
of short stories and articles that will pull Dad into the birding
So no matter Dadís
level of interest in birds, there is a gift that just might help him
appreciate birds just little more!
Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift
Route 1 Traffic Circle
194 Route 1
Newburyport, MA 01950
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