Blog Archive: January 2010

Birdorable Great Blue Heron

Cute Big Cranky

January 29th, 2010 in New Birds, Herons 3 comments
Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is our 227th cute Birdorable and the answer to yesterday's Spot the Birdorable. If you live in North America you've probably seen these around near water as they are quite common. It has several nicknames, including Big Cranky, Blue Crane, Long John and Poor Joe. Did you know that all Herons have two or more patches of powder-down feathers on their breasts? The feathers break up into a fine power when crushed. The birds apply this powder to areas of blood, mud or slime to absorb the mess. Once it has clumped up they can just scrape it off with their feet. They also sprinkle the powder on fish that they just caught to more easily clean off the slime and oil before eating it.

Photo by Gary Woodburn (via Flickr)

If you like this bird see our other egrets and waders. We've also added the grey equivalent of this bird: the Grey Heron, which can be found across temperate Europe, Asia and parts of Africa.

Birdorable Black-chinned Hummingbird

Geeking out with Penn Jillette

January 20th, 2010 in Woodpeckers, Videos No comments

Today friend-of-Birdorable Sharon - Birdchick herself - posted a neat celebrity birding video on her blog. In the clip, she talks with Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller) about the birds in his Las Vegas back yard, including a Black-chinned Hummingbird. It's a fun interview and includes some tips on using binoculars with glasses and on identifying your local Columbiformes. Sharon's wearing a Pecker Checker shirt from Birdorable in the interview, which means we join her in geeking out - Penn Jillette saw one of our shirts, OMG!

Birdorable Northern Cardinal

T-Shirt Tuesday: I Love Birds

January 19th, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday No comments

This week's featured t-shirt is our I Love Birds design with our Birdorable Cardinal instead of a heart. This is a perfect gift for birdwatchers, birders, and Cardinal fans. The design is shown here on a pink/raspberry ladies twofer sheer t-shirt, which is just one of many different apparel styles to choose from.

Birdorable I Love Birds
Birdorable Northern Saw-whet Owl

New Coloring Pages: Barred Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl

January 12th, 2010 in Free Downloads, Fun Stuff, Coloring Pages 6 comments

Here are two new Birdorable coloring pages for some cute coloring fun: the Barred Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl. Go to Coloring Pages to download these two new PDFs and check the Meet the Birds page to check the colors.

Birdorable Barred Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl Coloring Pages

These downloads will be available until 28 February 2010. Check here for more coloring pages. Subscribe to the Birdorable Blog by RSS feed or by email to get notified when new downloads like this are added.