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December 7, 2013

Some gift tips for your favorite birdwatchers

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A bird feeder makes a great gift and can provide hours of entertainment for young and old alike. There are many types of feeders in all shapes and sizes. A simple tube feeder that holds sunflower or mixed seed is the most versatile. A tray can be added for cardinals or larger birds and the newest tube feeders have removable bases for easy cleaning. New hopper-type feeders and trays now come in recycled materials that are eco-friendly and outlast wood. For more specific feeding, a thistle feeder or suet feeder can add a diversity of birds to most yards.

If squirrels are a problem, the Squirrel Buster line of feeders is still the best because they really work to keep squirrels at bay! Though the Squirrel Buster Plus is still the most popular because of its capacity and its effectiveness, the new Squirrel Buster Standard is a smaller, but still adjustable, version of a great feeder. Though we are months away from spring, a bird house is a welcome gift any time of year. They require little maintenance, and they come large or small, fancy (hand-painted, some with copper roofs!) or plain. They can be put up in winter as the birds will use houses to roost at night to get out of the elements. There are also specific winter roost houses that have the entrance hold near the bottom to retain heat and multiple perches inside for the birds to huddle together!

For those who already have enough feeders and houses (if that is possible), perhaps a heated bird bath or a heater/de-icer for an existing bird bath might make a welcome gift. It would be welcomed by the birds as well when fresh water supplies are all frozen. For the nature lover that doesn't have a yard for a feeder, house or bird bath, there are bird motifs on all kinds of gift items.

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