We can't wait for the warblers to return this spring! While it's almost too cold to go birding here now, the warblers that breed here and north of us are spending the winter in warmer climes. They know what's good! ;) But in just a few months they'll be passing through here again and we'll be out looking for birds like the Northern Parula, Prothonotary Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Kirtland's Warbler and Nashville Warbler that are featured on today's highlighted t-shirt design. Warbler Fan is shown here on a Ladies Twofer Fitted T-Shirt.
Blog Archive: 2010
If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Anna's Hummingbird. Female Anna's Hummingbirds select the nesting site after a territory is established (often based on a nectar source). They build the cup-shaped nest alone. Two eggs are laid and incubation takes about 16 days. The baby hummingbirds fledge about three weeks after hatching.
Anna's hummingbird eggs in nest by Michael Layefsky
bird babies in Sean's back yard (11961) by ehoyer
Thanks, Rob! by iwasfixin2
Anna's Hummingbird babies about 1 week old. by Callahan, Tom
Anna's Hummingbird and kids by Callahan, Tom
Their eyes have opened by Michael Layefsky
Anna's Hummingbird by lselman
Feathers developing by Michael Layefsky
Hummingbird chicks by Michael Layefsky
Anna's Hummingbird by Victoria,BC. Birds
1. Black Skimmers use their elongated lower mandibles to feed by skimming it over the water.
2. Baby Black Skimmers are born with their upper and lower mandibles the same length. The longer lower mandible grows during fledging.
3. There are three species of skimmer in the world; the Black Skimmer is the only skimmer found in the Americas.
4. Black Skimmer pairs share parental duty. Males and females both incubate the eggs - in fact, male Black Skimmers even have brood patches. Both parents also brood the newborn chicks and feed the nestlings.
5. Folk names for the Black Skimmer include Seadog, Scissor-bill, and Cutwater.
6. Black Skimmers are active throughout the day, but are mainly crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk.
7. Black Skimmers have large vertically-oriented pupils like cats. Such pupils are unique in the bird world.
8. Although Black Skimmers spend most of their life near water, they do not swim.
9. Black Skimmers nest along the Gulf Coast and thus are one of the species directly threatened by the BP Oil Spill Disaster of 2010. Their unique feeding method - skimming the water - makes them uniquely vulnerable to the spilled oil. As of November 30th, 192 dead skimmers were noted by the FWS in the area of the spill.
10. The Black Skimmer is one of our cute Birdorable birds! The Black Skimmer was added to Birdorable on December 2nd, 2010.
Today's highlighted t-shirt, Colorful Toucan, features our Toco Toucan in a colorful design. The word TOUCAN is spelled out using bold letters of different bright colors arranged in a semicircle. The cute Birdorable toucan sits in the middle.
1. Although flighted, to escape danger, Pied-billed Grebes prefer to dive under water.
2. Migratory Pied-billed Grebes fly at night. They are strong fliers, but are thought to only take off from water, and they need a long "runway" prior to "take-off."
3. Male and female Pied-billed Grebes have similar plumage, but males are usually bigger and may have bigger, heavier bills than females.
4. The toes of Pied-billed Grebes are lobed rather than webbed.
Pied-billed Grebe-IMG_6053-Campbell-crop by gimlack
5. When the incubating female Pied-billed Grebe leaves the nest, she covers the eggs in order to conceal them from predators.
6. Chicks spend their first days after hatching on the back of a parent. The chicks leave the nest shortly after hatching, but are unskilled swimmers for the first week or so.
7. Baby Pied-billed Grebes have a wildly different plumage than their parents, especially on the face, which is striped in black, white, and reddish-brown.
Pied-billed Grebes by Adam R. Paul
8. Pied-billed Grebes are known to eat their own feathers as a digestive aid.
9. Pied-billed Grebes have several folk names, including "water witch" and "hell-diver."
10. The Pied-billed Grebe is one of our Birdorable cute birds! The species was added to Birdorable on December 3rd, 2010.
If you know owls are cool, wear it proud! This cute design from Birdorable features our original Barred Owl wearing a cool pair of shades. Text below reads "Owls are cool." This makes a great gift idea for anyone that loves owls! The design is shown here on a Kids Hooded Sweatshirt.
On the twelfth day of Birdorable, my true love gave to me… 12 Drumming Ruffed Grouse! Our 12 Days of Birdorable concludes today with a new bird: the Ruffed Grouse!
The line Twelve Drummers Drumming in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” refers to musicians playing drums. Since Ruffed Grouse perform an act called "drumming" as part of their courtship ritual, we thought they would be a suitable bird substitute for this final day of gifts. Ruffed Grouse beat their wings to make the noise, either on the ground or on a fallen log. The noise is part of what they do to attract a mate.
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This is the twelfth and final day of our 12 Days of Birdorable holiday event. Previously featured were:
On the eleventh day of Birdorable, my true love gave to me… 11 Piping Plovers! Our 12 Days of Birdorable continues today with our totally cute Piping Plover!
The line Eleven Pipers Piping in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” refers to musicians playing pipes. Our Birdorable Piping Plover seems a suitable bird substitute for this day's gift. Piping Plovers, appropriately enough, are named for their high-pitched flight call, which sounds like pipe-pipe-pipe-pipe.
This is the eleventh day of our 12 Days of Birdorable holiday event. Previously featured were:
On the tenth day of Birdorable, my true love gave to me… 9 Lord Howe Woodhens! Our 12 Days of Birdorable continues today with yet another brand new bird species, the endangered, unique Lord Howe Woodhen.
The line Ten Lords-a-leaping in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” of course refers to jumping men (a nice follow-up to the previous day's dancing ladies!). Here on Birdorable, a bird with a royal name substitutes for the leaping lords: the Lord Howe Woodhen. The bird, a member of the rail family, is endemic to Lord Howe Island, which lies off of Australia.
This is the tenth day of our 12 Days of Birdorable holiday event. Previously featured were: