Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 21, 2017

Blomus Fuera feeder.

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For the birds

A handheld birdbrain

How many times have you been in the great outdoors – just soaking it all in – and heard a bird merrily sing its song and felt, well, blank? You had no clue what type of bird was tweeting. Now, this clever BIRD IDENTIFIER can help: it’s 16.5-centimetres long and weighs less than 170 grams (with its two AA batteries) and displays images and plays recordings of 120 North American songbirds. If you tire of birds, try your hand at identifying frogs; 10 species are featured. You can search by habitat, colour and region (the identifier covers Northeastern, Southern, Central and Western North America). $48.50. Lee Valley Tools. (800) 267-8767; leevalley.com.

Close Encounters

The New York Times called this wearable hummingbird feeder proof that American innovation is alive and thriving. It looks a bit like a hockey mask painted red with a built-in feeder tube between its eye holes, thus its official name EYE TO EYE. Pour sugared water into the tube, and, in theory, the hummingbirds will come. (Of course, before putting it on, you leave it out on its own so the hummingbirds discover it.) As soon as they know where to go, you can have the hummingbirds feed right in front of your face or in front of a hidden video camera. You’ll hear and feel their wings flutter. If you’re scratching your head wondering if this is some sort of Hannibal Lecter joke, go to the website and watch the amazing videos taken from inside and outside the mask. US$80. heatstick.com.

Party Platter

Make a Red Cardinal happy by putting the elegant FUERA BIRD FEEDER by Blomus in your yard. Made of stainless steel and wood, with an easy-on-the-claws rubber rim. The raised stainless cover helps keep the seeds dry in inclement weather. It can be used as a bird bath or feeder. It’s simple, beautiful and functional all at once. $165.60. modernkaribou.ca.

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