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 Black-capped Chickadee. Black-capped Chickadees nest in tree cavities. They will also use nest boxes to raise their young, which occurs during nesting season typically from May through June. While both parents will excavate the nest cavity, only the female constructs the nest, where she alone will eventually incubate typically 6-8 eggs for 12-13 days. The babies leave the nest after about 16 days. Check out these cuties!
Help! MAMA! by Mean and Pinchy, on Flickr
Chickadee Nest by barefoot soul, on Flickr
Baby chickadees #1 by jacksonpe, on Flickr
Baby Black-capped Chickadees in nest box by Dunbar Gardens, on Flickr
Baby Picture by akahodag, on Flickr
Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable Black-capped Chickadee gear!
We recently added the Hooded Merganser to Birdorable. These little ducks are named for their large head crests. In breeding males, the crest has a large white patch. Females are quite drab overall (a recurring theme with many birds, especially ducks), but they do have the 'hood' for which the species is named. Hooded Mergansers have elongated, serrated bills which are useful when hunting and feeding on slippery fish. They will also eat frogs, crayfish, and other small aquatic animals. With legs set back on the body, Hooded Mergansers are agile underwater swimmers but awkward on land. To defend her helpless young, a female Hooded Merganser might try to distract predators by pretending to have a broken wing and leading the predator away from her ducklings.
Hooded Mergansers are one of our favorite species of duck. Depending on the time of year, Hooded Mergansers can be found across much of North America; they do not range in the American southwest or the farthest northern reaches of Canada. Do you have Hooded Mergansers where you live? Have you seen one lately? Have you seen our cute Birdorable Hooded Merganser gifts? :) * HOME is the four-letter code bird banders (and birders) use when referring to Hooded Mergansers.
We recently added the Harlequin Macaw to Birdorable. The Harlequin Macaw is a relatively common hybrid macaw, a cross between a Green-winged (Red-and-green) Macaw and a Blue-and-yellow Macaw. Like other hybrid macaws, male Harlequins tend to take the coloring of the mother bird, while female Harlequins take the coloring of the father. The word Harlequin has several meanings; one refers to a comic servant character in Italian literature (similar to the court jester). Owners of these gregarious birds might find this meaning fits their avian friend. Harlequin is also a color, described as being between green and yellow. This fits well with the beautiful hybrid coloring of the Harlequin Macaw.
Harlequin Macaw by Dave Womach (source: Flickr
Check out our Harlequin Macaw t-shirts and gifts. Besides the usual array of apparel, don't forget that Birdorable also offers goodies like magnets, keychains and postage!
This week's featured t-shirt design is our Birdorable Barred Owl shown here on a kids organic t-shirt. This will make a great gift for bird lovers, birdwatchers and owl fans.
You might know that Birdorable's very own Amy is a huge fan of Barred Owls. She was lucky enough to get to work with birds of prey by following a raptor course at a local rehabilitation center, Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, earlier this year. FCWR has one education Barred Owl in residence, Meepy, who was easily Amy's favorite. Isn't she gorgeous?
We recently added the Indigo Bunting to Birdorable. These birds are named for the striking bright blue plumage found in breeding males.
Indigo bunting by Henry McLin, on Flickr
Like many passerine birds, for safety the Indigo Bunting often migrates overnight. They use the stars as a directional tool in their travels. In captivity, since they cannot migrate, Indigo Buntings may experience disorientation in April and May and in September and October if they cannot see the stars from their cages.
Indigo Bunting by drivebybiscuits1, on Flickr
We can expect Indigo Buntings to return here to northern Illinois very soon. They will visit back yard feeders and the males especially are hard to miss.
American Goldfinch and Indigo Bunting by jackanapes, on Flickr
You can also listen for their song, which some birders describe as sounding like "fire! fire! where? where? here! here! see it? see it?"
Calling For Love by Chad Horwedel, on Flickr
Indigo Buntings summer across much of the eastern part of the United States. Do you have Indigo Buntings where you live? Have they already returned? While you wait, be sure to check out our cute Birdorable Indigo Bunting t-shirts & gifts! :)
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 Rock Pigeon. Rock Pigeons breed any time of the year. Their natural preferred nesting sites were coastal cliff faces; these birds have adapted well to city life by using buildings and other constructions in place of cliffs. Incubation lasts 17 to 19 days and is shared by both parents. Babies fledge at about 30 days.
baldy by joysaphine
Pigeon Parenting by incurable_hippie
Pigeon Babies by marc.benton
growing up... by Just me....
Baby pigeons by sfllaw
Bridge Pigeon! by Isthmene
Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable Rock Pigeon t-shirts & gifts!