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July 1, 2010 9:52 AM Subscribe
Bird-watching books and gadgets for a bird-loving (but novice) 70 year old man?
posted by raztaj to sports, hobbies, & recreation (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to get my dad something related to birds for his upcoming 70th birthday. He doesn't know much about birds, except that he loves them and is fascinated by them, and wishes he had an aviary in our old house. I'm kind of glad he didn't because I kind have an (ir)rational fear of birds, but he loves them, so I'd like to get him something that makes him happy.
We recently visited a nature center in NY, where enjoyed looking at identifying posters of birds, listened to sample songs of their calls, and had a bazillion and one questions for the staff members about their migratory habits, feeding, etc.
He has a nice backyard that is woodsy, and loves to sit outside and look at the birds, but that's about the extent of his knowledge. What can I get him that can make this evolve into more of a hobby for him? Books? CD's? Binoculars? A bird feeder? He lives in the Washington DC area, if that will help as far as types of birds and bird activity. What do you recommend that would be good for a man of his age (he's pretty active for 70), and for someone with little to no knowledge (but infinite love) of birds? Price range, max $150ish?