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.
Pick up a baseball-style cap for your dad this Father's Day. The holiday is coming up on June 21, 2020 and with the current global pandemic, it will be one to remember. As the hobby of birdwatching has gained popularity during stay-at-home and safer-at-home orders, more dads than ever consider themselves birdwatchers. Get your bird-loving dad a fun birder themed hat for his special day.
This baseball hat features an embroidered image of a Baltimore Oriole. This colorful bird delights birders across their migratory and breeding range. They are known to visit backyard feeding stations that include oranges and grape jelly, two of their favorite treats. The bird design is shown here on a basic wool cap in royal blue. This design can be purchase on three different hat styles, all available in variety of colors.
This is a printed hat in an athletic style with a funny sentiment for birdwatchers. They say the early bird gets the worm, and most birders know that the early birder gets the good birds. That means getting up at a very early hour: BI:RD O'Clock. Get this lightweight white hat in a knit or woven style.
This baseball hat features an embroidered image of a Black-capped (or Carolina) Chickadee. This popular, energenic and cheerful bird is a common feeder visitor in many parts of the United States. The hat is distressed for a vintage look. You can pick up this design on two other cap styles and in a variety of different colors.
This baseball cap for birders has embroidered text that reads "I LOVE MY BACKYARD BIRDS". The text surrounds a simple illustration of a birdhouse. This is a fun gift idea for backyard bird lovers, especially those who are new to the hobby. Get this on a wool cap, as shown, or pick a distressed or basic design, all available in different colors.
Purple Martins are large swallows that live in the New World. These migrant birds winter in South America and breed across North America.
The species is known for its near-reliance on manmade structures for their nesting. This is especially true for Purple Martins that nest across eastern portions of North America, where they nest almost exclusively in houses erected and maintained by enthusiasts, sometimes known as Purple Martin Landlords.
This embroidered hat was made for anyone who keeps Purple Martin (banding code PUMA) nest boxes and maintains a PUMA colony. The design is shown here on a distressed-style baseball hat. Text reading PURPLE MARTIN LANDLORD flanks a row of three birdhouses.
If you're going out where you might not be able to keep your physical distance, it's a good idea to wear a face mask. The CDC recommends the use of face coverings in addition to social distancing and other measures to fight the spread of COVID-19. These bird-themed masks share your love of birding without you having to say a word.
Keep your distance when you can, and wear a mask when you can't. This funny design has a little black cartoon bird saying "Six Feet Please".
This face maks features a photograph of a huge flock of Snow Geese in the skies over Bosque del Apache, New Mexico.
This mask features a delicate watercolor illustration of warblers perched among leaves.
Flying male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are arranged against a perfect blue background. Share the joy of these little winged jewels with this reusable mask.
The warblers are coming! The warblers are coming! That means it's almost time for Warbler Neck Awareness Month, which takes place each year in May. Find your awareness swag in our Warbler Neck Awareness section. Choose from five different designs, featuring cartoon birders looking up and the cerulean blue feather awareness ribbon.
Sure, a lot of us miss birding with our buddies. But in the time of Covid-19, quarantine, and social distancing, it's time to bird on our own. For those who never liked birding with others anyway, it's your time to shine. This funny birder slogan shirt reads Does not bird well with others. The design uses a grunge-style font and the text is accompanied by a skull and crossbones.
As we birders face this unprecedented global pandemic, many of us are turning to our local patch -- our own backyards, often -- to satisfy our need to see birds.
Patch birding is the best. You can get a real feel about trends and the movement of birds from the repeated study in one location. I've been enjoying the birds in our yard. Our feeders are still attracting Painted Buntings (they'll leave soon). The Indigo Buntings are gone, but loud and gregarious Great Crested Flycatchers have moved in, hunting for insects all over the lawn between perching on the feeder poles. A trio of Red-bellied Woodpeckers are regulars, loudly swooping in each time I refill the peanut feeders. Titmice, parulas, and gnatcatchers are feeding young, and the Northern Cardinals will be soon, too. It's all good fun.
However, when you're obligated to bird your patch (or yard) and only your patch (or yard), it can drive a birder just a little bit crazy. This funny text slogan for birders likens patch birding to insanity. The full quote, shown here on a quarantine-appropriate adult beverage flask, reads:
Visiting the same spot
over and over
hoping to find new birds.
Also known as
This text slogan design is also available on t-shirts and other gifts for birders.
It's spring in the northern hemisphere, and birds are on the move! While our winged friends head north to their breeding grounds, some birders plan to maximize their time out in the field looking for them. There's a lot to love about migration!
But this magical time has its problems. The frustration of missed targets. Poor looks because of leafed-out trees. Crazy weather. Warbler neck.
The bad definitely does NOT outweigh the good, but sometimes its nice to be able to vent frustrations. This funny birder shirt alternates text reading I LOVE MIGRATION with I HATE MIGRATION. Of course the love wins out in the end. Enjoy this time, birders!