Can you guess what Birdorable bird this is? This small shorebird is found along coastal beaches in North America. Check the Meet the Birds page to see if you can find it and post your answer in the comments below!
This new t-shirt design is great for those who live up north and love to observe Common Loons or anyone who conducts loon surveys or runs annual looney birding trips. This cute cartoon design features our Birdorable Common Loon with the funny spoof text "LOON RANGER". The design is shown here on a women's American Apparel t-shirt and is available on many different t-shirt styles and colors. Check out our other Loon Ranger products to find the perfect gift for the loon (lover) in your family.
Crane fans in Wisconsin are talking about a unique chick being raised by a mixed pair of cranes in Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. The chick appears to be the offspring of a male Whooping Crane (identified as DAR 16-11) and a female Sandhill Crane.
The chick, who has earned the nickname "Whoopsie" from crane fans, may be the first of its kind. It is certainly the first documented offspring from a mixed Whooping-Sandhill pairing in the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes.
In the 1940s there were just 21 Whooping Cranes left. Since then, groups have been working to save the species and bolster the various flock populations. As of 2011, there were almost 600 birds, including both wild and captive birds.
Whooping Crane DAR 16-11, given the nickname "Grasshopper", was hatched on June 15, 2011. He was costume-reared by International Crane Foundation handlers. At about five months of age, he and his 2011 DAR (Direct Autumn Release) cohorts were released at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in the presence of wild Whooping Cranes. The wild birds show the DAR birds the migration route from their northern breeding grounds to their winter home in Florida.
Red-tailed Hawks are abundant across the United States, and have adapted well to developed areas. Pale Male, New York City's famous hawk, is an example of the large raptor thriving in an urban environment (he and his mate have three young that are about to fledge from their famous nest).
The appearance of a predator on the White House grounds is a good sign for visiting birders, but not so good for any resident rodents living on the property. Red-tailed Hawks prey upon mice, rats, voles, rabbits, and other mammals, as well as other birds, reptiles, and amphibians. This raptor might just earn a spot as a groundskeeper 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Fun Fact: Did you know that the Red-tailed Hawk makes a raspy call that is almost always used in popular media as the voice of our national bird, the Bald Eagle? How appropriate would it be to hear the majestic cry of the Red-tailed Hawk while visiting the White House?
The Saker Falcon is one of our newest additions to Birdorable. The falcon, which is almost as large as the Gyrfalcon, breeds across parts of eastern Europe and much of central Asia. They prefer open plains and desert-type habitats and hunt by horizontal pursuit unlike the Peregrine Falcon that hovers and stoops down from great heights.
Saker Falcons are beautiful birds, with brown upperparts and contrasting grey flight feathers. The head and underparts are paler brown, with streaking from the breast down. The birds are excellent hunters and often take on prey that is larger than itself. Because they are so swift and powerful they are a popular falconry bird and have been used by humans in hunting for thousands of years.
In the Arabian Peninsula falconry is an integral part of desert life and Saker Falcons are the favorite bird of many Arab falconers. The birds are trapped in Arab countries on their migration to the Middle East or caught throughout Asia and sold to the Middle Eastern falcon market. Unfortunately this is one of the reasons the bird has been put on the endangered species list. Thousands of falcons are caught every year and sold illegally on the black market. In addition the species is facing pressure from habitat loss and destruction.
In contrast, the bird is strongly protected in Hungary, where it is the national bird. Even though Saker Falcons are relatively abundant in Hungary, numbers are still low; the estimated total European population in 2010 was just 450 pairs, with 40% of these in Hungary and Slovakia. The Middle East Falcon Research Group has a nice table with estimated breeding populations in each country.
Check out these websites for more information about the Saker Falcon:
- Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network
- Conservation of Falco Cherrug in NE Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia
- RSPB Project: Saving the Saker Falcon in Bulgaria
- Saker Falcon at Birdlife.org
- Arkive Saker Falcon Profile
Sakervalk by Tim Strater
Halcón Sacre by Ferran Pestaña
A Birdorable Cockatiel face is repeated in a four-square pattern on this women's American Apparel T-Shirt. The cartoon cockatiels are rotated through the design - mimicking the acrobatic stylings of this charismatic species! This original graphic tee makes a great gift for anyone that loves Cockatiels! Check out our other products with this design and fine more designs with our Birdorable Cockatiel.
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Previous blog posts
- Spot the Birdorable #102: Do you know this Bird? (6/10/2015)
- T-Shirt Tuesday: Loon Ranger (6/9)
- Cutest Nickname Ever: Whoopsie the Hybrid Crane Chick (6/8)
- Red-tailed Hawk: New White House Groundskeeper? (6/4)
- The Saker Falcon — a Falconer's Bird in Peril (5/27)
- T-Shirt Tuesday: Four Color Cockatiel (5/19)
- Our 600th Birdorable: The Tawny Owl (5/14)
- T-Shirt Tuesday: Swallow-tailed Kite in Flight (5/12)
- Spot the Birdorable #101: Guess the bird (5/11)
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