Today was Banding Day at the Rochester Falconcam. All five of Mariah & Kaver's eyases were removed from the scrape temporarily in order to band them and take vital statistics. The eyases were also sexed and named. This year's offspring have been named: Seneca (f); Diamante (m); Quest (f); Zephyr (m); and Susan B (f). Read all about it on the Falconcam's Banding Day 2008 page. Birdorable congratulates the team on a successful banding day!

Now this is a Birdorable story: a lost parrot in Japan was brought back to his home by reciting his name and address to strangers, exactly as the bird's owner had taught him to do. When cops brought the lost African Grey Parrot to a veterinary hospital, it began chatting after a few days. "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, followed by his full home address. The Nakamura family later told police they had been teaching the bird his name and address for about two years. How cute is that?

Lost Birdorable African Grey Parrot

We've started a new series of Birdorable designs for our shop featuring state birds in the Birdorable style. So far we've done the Northern Mockingbird of Florida and Texas, Common Loon of Minnesota, Chickadee of Maine and many more. Each cute bird will have the state flag behind it. If you'd like to see your state bird on an original Birdorable product or if you have any other fun design ideas please don't hesitate to contact us.

View all our state bird designs here.

This week we've added the Emperor Penguin to the site. Did you know that Emperor Penguins are the largest of all penguins and can grow up to 48 inches in height? They are also the deepest divers of any birds, reaching depths of 1,755 feet and holding their breath for up to 18 minutes! They are most famous for the incredible journeys they make each year in order to mate and to feed their offspring. They trek 31 to 75 miles through the harsh Antarctic winter to breeding colonies with thousands of other individuals. You should really see the March of the Penguins (2005), if you haven't already. It's an incredible movie.

Birdorable Emperor Penguin

We have added the Common Loon (a.k.a. Great Northern Diver) to Birdorable, which has recently been one of the most requested birds. These amazing birds with a wingspan of up to 5 feet can dive as deep as 200 feet when hunting for fish. They breed in Canada, parts of the northern United States, Greenland and there is a small population on Iceland. It is the state bird of Minnesota and appears on the back of a Canadian one dollar coin, which is known as a "loonie".

Birdorable Common Loon

We're so happy to see that all five of Mariah and Kaver's eggs have now hatched, just in time for Mother's Day! The fifth egg hatched yesterday afternoon. This is an exciting time to watch the Rochester Falconcam - the five fluffy eyases need to grow so Mariah and Kaver will be busy feeding five hungry beaks.

The first Peregrine Falcon chicks have hatched over at the Rochester Falconcam! Parents Mariah and Kaver are going to be busy during the next weeks feeding their chicks, which will be full-grown falcons in just six weeks. Head on over to the Falconcam's blog, Imprints, to see the first photos of the eyases. (Remember, Birdorable supports the Falconcam with 30% of the sales from our Mariah & Kaver section going to the Genesee Valley Audubon Society)

In the last few weeks we've been seeing a Rose-ringed Parakeet in our backyard here in the Netherlands. These birds are originally from tropical Africa and India but have established feral populations in a number of cities around the world, including London and some big Dutch cities. We hear them fly by our house quite often and sometimes we see them sitting high up in trees in our neighborhood. This was the best view we had of one since we saw them in India:

Backyard Rose-ringed Parakeet
Backyard Rose-ringed Parakeet
Backyard Rose-ringed Parakeet

Here’s a picture of a young one that we saw behind the Taj Mahal in Agra when we visited India in 2006. It was so small it still had to grow into its ring:

Rose-ringed Parakeet in India

The Rose-ringed Parakeet was one of the first parakeets we made into a Birdorable, because we had seen them on our holiday in India. Here's the Birdorable version of this adorable bird:

Birdorable Rose-ringed Parakeet in India

And this is us at the Taj Mahal. One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited:

Arthur and Amy at the Taj Mahal