Happy 2010!

We (Amy and Arthur) at Birdorable wish everyone a very happy new year. May 2010 bring you much happiness, lots of love, fine friendships and good health for you and your loved ones. Quiz for fun: In the following picture 95 different Birdorable birds make up the year "2010". Only one species is shown twice. Can you find it? Click the picture to embiggen.

Happy 2010 from Birdorable

This week's highlighted t-shirt features two of our Keel-billed Toucans, because Toucans Are Better Than One! Show your love for these beautiful and colorful birds with this cute Birdorable design, shown here on an ultra-soft EDUN LIVE Genesis t-shirt for men and women.

Toucans are better than one

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating today! Be safe and have fun. :)

Merry Christmas from Birdorable

This week’s highlighted t-shirt is our nine Birdorable backyard birds design featuring common European birds. They are: Great Tit, Goldfinch, Magpie, House Sparrow, European Robin, Chaffinch, Winter Wren, Jackdaw and Eurasian Nuthatch.

Nine European Backyard Birds

This week's highlighted t-shirt is this Plovers Love design featuring our Birdorable Piping Plover sitting on the word "PLOVERS" with "LOVE" in red. Plovers are found around the world and there are about 40 different species. Who doesn't love these adorable little wading birds?

Plovers Love

This week, we're thrilled to showcase our latest t-shirt offering: the "Owl Fan" design, a must-have for all owl enthusiasts out there! This unique t-shirt features an assembly of five of our charming Birdorable owls, each one capturing the essence of what makes these birds so captivating. The lineup includes the majestic Great Grey Owl, the ethereal Barn Owl, the striking Barred Owl, the endearing Burrowing Owl, and the petite Saw-whet Owl, all rendered in our adorable Birdorable style.

Whether you're looking to treat yourself or searching for the perfect Christmas gift for the owl aficionados in your life, this t-shirt is bound to impress. Its blend of style and whimsy makes it an ideal choice for casual outings, birdwatching trips, or simply cozying up at home. Each owl is depicted with attention to detail and personality, making this t-shirt a walking tribute to these magnificent creatures of the night.

So, embrace your love for owls and add a touch of bird-themed charm to your wardrobe, or give someone the joy of owl-themed fashion this Christmas with our "Owl Fan" t-shirt. It's not just a garment; it's a statement of admiration for one of nature's most fascinating avian wonders.

Owl Fan T-Shirts Gifts

Birdorable Northern Saw-whet Owl

Today, we're excited to introduce one of the most adorable avian species you're likely to encounter: the Northern Saw-whet Owl. With its big, captivating eyes and small stature, it measures just 7 to 8 inches (17.8 to 20.3 cm), making this the smallest owl in Eastern North America. 

The origins of its unique name stem from a charming mix-up. A member of the National Audubon Society once heard the call of a Barn Owl, which is reminiscent of a saw being sharpened on a whetting stone, and mistakenly thought it was the call of this smaller owl. Thus, the name "Saw-whet Owl" was born.

Since 1997, the Ned Smith Center in Pennsylvania has spearheaded crucial research into the movements and ecology of the Saw-whet Owl. Every autumn, a dedicated team comprising both researchers and volunteers engages in a remarkable project. They gently catch, band, and release hundreds of these owls across three banding stations in central Pennsylvania. This research effort has been incredibly successful; over the years, more than 5,000 owls have been banded, significantly enhancing our understanding of the migration patterns and behaviors of this elusive species.

The findings from this research have been instrumental in shedding light on the secretive life of the Saw-whet Owl, helping to map its movements and contribute to its conservation. To dive deeper into this fascinating project and learn more about these captivating creatures, be sure to visit the Saw-whet Owl Research Blog.

Photo of Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-Whet Owl by Andy Witchger (CC BY 2.0 DEED)

Northern saw-whet owl by Kristina Servant (CC BY 2.0 DEED)

Cute Saw-whet Owl Gifts

What owl is hiding in this tree?

Can you guess what bird species this is? Take a look at this image of a Birdorable bird peeking out from the cozy nook of a tree hole and see if you can guess the species! This new addition to our Birdorable family will be revealed on our site later this week.

Need a hint?

This charming bird is a native of North America and is known for its unique nesting habits. Rather than building its own nest, it often takes up residence in abandoned woodpecker holes. Keep your eyes peeled for the big reveal of this feathered friend and see if your guess is right!

Earlier this year, teacher Danielle asked us if we could provide her with images of our Birdorable birds to use in her classroom at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Of course we were happy to oblige! The class is using a Birdorable bird for each letter of the alphabet. The birds are used to decorate the "Brainy Birds" classroom. A Resplendent Quetzal welcomed the students to the class at the start of the school year.

Welcome to the Nest

Colorful Birdorable birds placed on the floor with contact paper help the students to stand together in a proper line.

Birdorable on the Floor

Here the students show the Scarlet Macaw representing the letter S.

S is for Scarlet Macaw

Thank you Danielle - for asking to use our birds in your classroom and for sharing these photos with us!

Birdorable Great Grey Owl

Birdorable Great Grey Owl

We've just added another owl to Birdorable. This time it's the Great Grey Owl, also known as Lapland Owl. It is America's tallest owl with the largest wingspan, although the Great Horned Owl and Snowy Owl are heavier. The bird lives across the Northern Hemisphere, in the taiga, boreal and mountainous forests of North America and Eurasia. Great Grey Owls can locate prey underneath two feet of snow and will plunge right in to catch a rodent they didn't even see. Pretty cool, he? Here's a nice video of a this amazing bird in action: