Blog Archive: May 2010

Birdorable American Robin

Baby Birdorable: American Robin

May 28th, 2010 in Backyard Birds, Baby Birds No comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Here at Chez Birdorable we were lucky to have a nesting family of American Robins in our front yard. The babies fledged earlier this week. American Robins will have two to three broods per season. Females choose the nesting site and build the nest themselves, using dead grass, mud, and other materials. Typically four eggs are laid, although the nest in our front yard had just three. You can learn more about American Robin nesting behavior at Cornell's NestWatch. Below are some baby photos of 'our' robin babies and some other baby American Robin pictures shared via Flickr.

Eggs
Three "Robin's Egg Blue" eggs were laid in our front yard nest.
American Robin nestlings
Two of the eggs hatched about two weeks later.
Three babies
Robin Chicks
American Robin babies
Here are 'our' babies at 6 days old.
Baby American Robin hours from fledging
This is one of the babies just over a week later, about to fledge.
Baby American Robin sleeping in tree
This baby branched out before finally leaving the nest at 2 weeks of age.
Gompers  Wetland Juvenile Robin 5-19-2010
A recently-fledged baby robin, taken by birdspazz who blogs here.
Gompers  Wetland Juvenile Robin 5-19-2010
A recently-fledged baby robin, taken by birdspazz who blogs here.

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable American Robin t-shirts & gifts!

Birdorable White-crowned Sparrow

Birdorable White-crowned Sparrow

May 24th, 2010 in New Birds, Sparrows 1 comment
Birdorable White-crowned Sparrow

The White-crowned Sparrow is a beautiful sparrow that can be found across most of North America, where it breeds roughly in Alaska and northern Canada and spends the winter in most parts of the USA. The birds that breed in Alaska will migrate about 2,600 miles to winter in southern California. They are easily recognized by their bold black-and-white stripes on the head and pale grey chest. They'll come to backyard feeders to eat sunflower and other seeds, although they often prefer to stay on the ground eating seeds dropped by other birds.

White-crowned Sparrow
Photo by Ananda Debnath (source: Flickr)
Birdorable Ostrich

Baby Birdorable: Ostrich

May 21st, 2010 in Ostriches, Baby Birds 2 comments

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 Ostrich. Everyone knows Ostriches are flightless. So why the 2-meter wingspan? Ostriches use their wings in mating rituals, but also to shade chicks! Pretty cute, right? Females lay their eggs in communal nest pits constructed by the males. Nests average about 20 eggs! Males and females work together to raise the chicks after they hatch.

Struthio camelus brood 2
Struthio camelus brood 2 by kibuyu
Ostrich Chicks
Ostrich Chicks by Artbandito
baby ostriches
baby ostriches by AIBakker
African Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
African Ostrich (Struthio camelus) by Lip Kee
African Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
African Ostrich (Struthio camelus) by Lip Kee
Baby Ostriches
Baby Ostriches by Timmy Toucan

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable Ostrich t-shirts & gear!

Birdorable Common Yellowthroat

Witchety, witchety, witchety!

May 20th, 2010 in New Birds, Warblers 3 comments
Birdorable Common Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat is one of our favorite warblers. They have been arriving here in northern Illinois these last few weeks and we see and hear them every time we go on a walk. This morning we saw several of them at the Magic Hedge in Chicago. These beautiful birds breed in large parts of the United States and southern Canada and they spend the winter in Mexico and Central America. Males stand out with their large black mask and you can often hear their musical "Witchety, witchety, witchety" song.

Common Yellowthroat Characteristics

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Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Photo by Frank Shufelt (source: Flickr)
Birdorable Dunlin

T-Shirt Tuesday: Birdorable Dunlin

May 18th, 2010 in Plovers, T-Shirt Tuesday No comments

This week's feature t-shirt design is our Birdorable Dunlin, a medium-sized sandpiper that lives across much of the northern hemisphere. They are common shorebirds for many birders around the world. Like many other wading birds, they display different plumage in breeding season versus winter. Our cute Birdorable Dunlin is shown here in full breeding plumage, including the conspicuous black belly patch.

Birdorable Dunlin