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The Hairy Woodpecker


New Products

Into the Nest:  Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds
by Laura Ericsson

The intimate lives of familiar birds as never before seen! Spectacular, stunning, and beautiful close-up photography documents the family lives of more than 30 birds, from the first song of the courting male to the first flight of the fledglings. You’ll find images of the male and female, nest construction, the eggs, the parents on the nest, nestlings, feeding time, fledglings taking their first leap, and more. The featured birds include songbirds, urban birds such as raptors and pigeons, water birds, and owls, all of them common to North America.    
MRSP: $16.95

Droll Yankees relaunches the A6-F feeder
Retired in 2010, Droll Yankees has just relaunched one of their most popular feeders, the A6-F.  Made with a UV stabilized polycarbonate tube and metal parts that allow for complete disassembly, the A6-F sold over 10 million units in its initial run. With a capacity of 1 lb of seed and six ports, the feeder comes with a lifetime warranty against squirrel damage, and may be hung or pole-mounted. Seed tray optional.
MRSP: $37.99

Chili Peppers from Carruth
Spice up your home or garden with this happy group of chili peppers from the Carruth Studio. Hot or mild weather, this stone-cast sculpture is easy to mount indoors or out, and comes in Natural Stone, Aged Stone, Green, Terra Cotta, or White finish, and comes individually gift boxed. Made in the USA.
www.carruthstudio.com | $6.95

Free App and eBooks from Bird Watchers Digest!
Bird Watchers Digest has relaunched with a new website! The new look is mobile-friendly, and makes it easy to find all compiled information and articles, encompassing decades of birding information on just about every topic. In addition, BWD is giving away free eBooks on topics such as Hummingbirds, Southwest birding, and the BWD Optics annuals from 2013 and 2014. They’ve also released a mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows, available free (with in-app purchases for digital subscriptions or issues) www.birdwatchersdigest.comwww.PhoneSkope.com/bwdsite/

PhoneSkope releases wide-raging line of Digiscoping Adapters
More and more, birders are using their smartphones to take nature photography, often combined with their binoculars and spotting scopes. For these digiscopers, PhoneSkope has a wide line of combination phone case/lens adapters, available online and in stores in a modular system. Working with many iPhone, Blackberry, and Android models and over 30 types of optics (including a universal adaptor), these allow phones to fit firmly over the eyepiece with less shaking, allowing for more beautiful photos.    
www.PhoneSkope.com |  $28-$80

Bird Food with a Twist
At one time Global Harvest Foods was pretty much a mid-west to west coast packer and distributor of bird food.  But the acquisition of Scotts Miracle Gro bird food division last year gave the company an immediate nation-wide footprint with production and distribution centers located near key transportation hubs throughout the country.

The company’s best known label, ‘Audubon Park’ is introducing a new mix with a block-long moniker “Audubon Park Songbird Selection NutriThrive.”  We’ll just call it NutriThrive for short.  It’s a mix of songbirds’ favorite seeds that are coated with an oil-based, nutrient rich material which contains all the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids they need, but are becoming tougher to find in the real world.  It contains no filler seeds and is touted as the most nutritionally balanced mix on the market.

As our own needs are changing due to climate change, pollution and other influences, so are songbirds’ needs. Ed Mills, co-founder and principal of Global Harvest says “that’s why we’re excited to add Nutrithrive to our Audubon Park brand. It will help bring the health of our backyard birds back to what it should be.”

Birds respond to quality, and the premium nutrient-packed seeds in this new mix will attract the most wanted songbirds to backyard feeders and have a significant impact on the overall health of our wildlife as a result.  

Pondlife: a Swimmer’s Journal (Paperback)
The ponds of Hampstead Heath are small oases; fragments of wild nature nestled in the heart of north-west London. For the best part of his life Al Alvarez--poet, critic, novelist, rock-climber and poker player--has swum in them almost daily.

An athlete in his youth, Alvarez, now in his eighties, chronicles what it is to grow old with humor and fierce honesty. The journal, originally published in 2013, is now available as a paperback.
Publisher: Bloomsbury | $17.00