Along with the boom in birdwatching in 2020, the sometimes accompanying hobby of digiscoping also saw new enthusiasts join in during our pandemic year. Digiscoping is the use of a spotting scope along with a digital photographic device (camera or smartphone) to take pictures.
This funny text was made for digiscopers. The design uses distressed letters for a vintage look. The full phrase is shown here on a coffee mug: Old Digiscopers Never Die, They Just Lose Their Focus. You can easily choose a different mug style if you'd like something more colorful than this classic 11 oz mug. And if you like this design but would like to see it on a different product entirely, like a t-shirt or a tote bag, that's possible with Zazzle's easy tools. Get started here: Old Digiscopers Never Die -- Choose a Product.
Do you know someone who got into birding in 2020? The year of avoiding crowds and staying safer at home drove a lot of people to find new ways to keep entertained, and birdwatching was that bright spot for so many. There was a boom in backyard birdwatching and increased interest in the natural world from those seeking fresh air and a new view in nature at local parks.
From new birders to anyone else similarly obsessed with studying our feathered friends, this funny graphic text design is a great choice. Bold blue letters read "talk birdy to me" with cute cut-outs in the shapes of birds found throughout the text. The design is shown here on a dark blue t-shirt, but you can easily choose a different apparel style or color. If you like this design but would like to see it on a different product entirely, like a visor or a phone case, that's possible with Zazzle's easy tools. Get started here: Talk Birdy To Me -- Choose a Product.
In this highly unusual year, backyard birdwatching was a positive highlight for many people who faced quarantine, working from home, and forgoing familiar social activities. Discovery of wildlife at home has recruited many into the fantastic hobby of birdwatching and lots of folks who were already turned on to birds got to know their neighborhood and back yard birds more intimately. Here are some fun gift ideas for backyard birdwatchers.
This is a cheeky design that uses a vintage-style illustration of a young boy feeding some wild birds. The text uses an old-school font to say "I Put Out For Birds".
Shown here on a unisex Ringer T-Shirt, this "I Put Out For Birds" design with muted warm colors looks great on white or light apparel styles.
A flock of common North American birds comes together in this design made for backyard birders. Species include Blue Jay, Red-winged Blackbird, Indigo Bunting, Black-capped or Carolina Chickadee, and American Robin. These familiar birds often visit feeding stations or residential areas.
Get this unique "I Love My Backyard Birds" design on a "combo" mug as shown, or pick from other drinkware options, including beer steins and frosted glass mugs.
If providing housing for your feathered friends is part of your backyard birding enjoyment, a hoodie with an embroidered birdhouse is a fun choice. This cute hoodie is great to wear as you monitor breeding success or watch the comings and goings of birdhouse residents.
Shown here on a brown unisex hoodie, you can get this embroidered birdhouse design on a variety of other apparel colors or styles.
Eastern Grey Squirrels are known to be cute, voracious, and, sometimes, bird feeder pests. This funny design features a fluffy squirrel sitting within a "no" symbol of a red circle with a diagonal cross line. The graphic image is a simple message for bird lovers -- squirrels are not welcome! If you know someone who struggles to keep squirrels off of their bird feeders, this would make a funny gift.
Get this funny design on a trucker hat as shown here or find "Anti-Squirrel" on t-shirts, mugs, stickers, and more.
This spoof design for birders is done in red, white, and blue graphic style of the Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association logos. In each of those logos, a player is featured in white silhouette against a red and blue two-tone background.
In this design made for birdwatchers, the silhouette figure is a person in a baseball cap looking through a spotting scope. The red and blue background is split in part by one of the legs of the scope tripod. This fun logo style design is available on apparel and several other gift and novelty items: Major League Birder.
You can let everyone know you're a birder when you place this decorative aluminum license plate on the front of your birdmobile. The standard sized license plate can be used on the front of your vehicle in states that don't require two plates or as wall decoration in your study.
The design on this birdwatcher's license plate is simple light text against a black background. It reads BI:RD O'CLOCK, referring to the extremely early wake-up call required for some of the best birding outings. This funny birder license plate is makes a perfect complement to back plates that support conservation causes and other wild or natural charities and causes.
This cute design was made for bird banders (or bird ringers) -- those who put metal or other identification bands on the legs of birds for scientific purposes.
The text on this mug design is a spoof of the phrase "I'm with the Band". Here the bold black text reads "I'm with the Banders". The text is accompanied by an illustration of one of the tools of the trade: a 5-hole set of bird banding pliers.
The bird bander mug design is shown here on a maroon and white combo mug. Choose from different mug styles, colors, and sizes to make this mug your own!
This funny cartoon design does not have a typo. An illustrated Bald Eagle bows down and appears to be moving its face. The image has the caption: EAGLE FEAK.
Feaking refers to the act of a bird cleaning its beak by rubbing it against a hard surface, such as on a branch or other perch. Birds typically do this after eating and sometimes after or during preening. The term is often used in falconry to describe the action taken by a bird of prey, but songbirds feak, too.
Find this funny eagle lover design on t-shirts like the one shown here.
Mnemonics are memory aids. To help remember bird songs and calls, sometimes birdwatchers use mnemoics, or phrases that sound like the bird sounds. Often these phrases are funny made up sayings that help jog the memory while also tickling the funny bone. Here are some funny t-shirts for birders featuring memorable bird song mnemonics.
The Northern Cardinal has a cheerful-sounding song, so it makes sense that the common mnemonic exudes cheer. Do you hear them singning, "What cheer, what cheer, cheer cheer cheer?!" If you hear such cheer, this funny bird-lover quote t-shirt was made for you.
Ah, warbler song! Those beautiful notes we need to recall each spring as the migrants make their way through our territory once more. Remember the song of the Chestnut-sided Warbler with this fun bird song quote t-shirt that uses the CSWA mnemonic: "Pleased pleased pleased to meet ya!"
The quote on this shirt is big and bold. The mnemonic for the Warbling Vireo's complicated song is long and funny. Only fellow birders will understand the saying on this shirt: "If I see you I will seize you and I'll squeeze you till you squirt!"
Add "phile" to the end of a word or word stem to indicate love. A Larophile is someone who loves birds in the Laridae family -- gulls and allies.
Gulls can be a challenging family of avian species to study and understand. Different plumages for different age birds adds to the challenge of gull identification.
This hat was made for anyone who loves to study and observe gulls. Gull foot yellow text reads "LAROPHILE" while an adult gull soars by. Can you ID this bird? Help shade your eyes from blinding sun glare with this gull lover hat.
Peregrine Falcons are the fastest animal on earth. When diving, or stooping, for prey, they can travel at speeds over 200mph. This amazing species made a spectacular comeback from the brink of extinction and we are lucky to share our planet with them.
This original design for birders and bird lovers spoofs these high speed birds with a cheeky message. The text reads "Peregrines Like It Fast" in a grunge-style font. A silhouette of a Peregrine Falcon in a high-speed stoop accompanies the text. Overall the design is distressed for a vintage look.