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.
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
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.