Blog Archive: October 2010

Birdorable Yellow-eyed Penguin

Baby Birdorable: Yellow-eyed Penguin

October 29th, 2010 in Penguins, Baby Birds 1 comment

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 Yellow-eyed Penguin. Unlike other penguin species, the Yellow-eyed Penguin is relatively solitary. They do not breed in colonies. Both parents incubate the eggs for about 43 days and one of the adults will remain with the growing chicks constantly until they are about six weeks old.

chick of Yellow Eyed Penguin@Oamaru(2008-01-22)
chick of Yellow Eyed Penguin@Oamaru(2008-01-22) by take-m
Yellow-eyed Penguin
Yellow-eyed Penguin by Mike NZ
Hoiho or Yellow-Eyed Penguins
Hoiho or Yellow-Eyed Penguins by f0rbe5
Yellow-Eyed Penguin Chick Seeking Food
Yellow-Eyed Penguin Chick Seeking Food by f0rbe5
Yellow Eye Penguin And Chick, Dunedin, New Zealand
Yellow Eye Penguin And Chick, Dunedin, New Zealand by stephanieetstephane
Yellow-eyed Chicks
Yellow-eyed Chicks by Bonar C

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Yellow-eyed Penguin t-shirts and gifts!

Birdorable American Goldfinch

Strictly Veg American Goldfinch

October 25th, 2010 in Finches 2 comments

American Goldfinches are common backyard feeder birds across much of North America. These small birds will eat nyger seed and sunflower seeds when provided at feeding stations. They will, of course, also eat wild seeds like milkweed and thistle. In fact, American Goldfinches are strict vegetarians.

Birdorable American Goldfinch

Do American Goldfinches visit your yard? What do you see them eating? Be sure to check out our collection of Birdorable American Goldfinch t-shirts & gifts!

Birdorable Northern Saw-whet Owl

Baby Birdorable: Saw-whet Owl

October 22nd, 2010 in Owls, Baby Birds 6 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 Northern Saw-whet Owl. Northern Saw-whet Owls nest in old tree cavities. The females incubate the eggs and brood the chicks alone. Babies fledge at 28 to 32 days after hatching. Some populations of Northern Saw-whet Owls are migratory. During the fall migration, bird banders lure them into mist nets using recorded owl calls. Captured birds are examined, measured, and banded. We were extremely fortunate to be able to visit a Saw-whet Owl banding demonstration last week here in northern Illinois. Of course, the birds being banded were fully fledged adults. But aren't they cute as chicks, too?

Petite Nyctale / Northern Saw-whet Owl
Petite Nyctale / Northern Saw-whet Owl by s_miousse Notice the prey-items ready for when the babies hatch!
Blue-eyed Baby
Blue-eyed Baby by Dr. Hoo
 
Family portrait
Family portrait by Dr. Hoo
 
Baby Saw-whet
Baby Saw-whet by BrendanMcGarry
 
Fab 5
Fab 5 by Dr. Hoo
 
Northern Saw-whet owl
Northern Saw-whet owl by Mat and Amie

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Saw-whet Owl t-shirts & gifts!

Birdorable Hooded Merganser

Baby Birdorable: Hooded Merganser

October 15th, 2010 in Baby Birds 1 comment

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 Hooded Merganser. Hooded Mergansers breed in swamps or wooded ponds in the northern U.S. or southern Canada. They are cavity nesters, like Wood Ducks, and will use provided boxes if suitable natural cavities are unavailable. Nestlings leave the cavity just one day after hatching.

hooded merganser nest box
hooded merganser nest box by landslide virgo
Female Hooded Merganser & chicks-2
Female Hooded Merganser & chicks-2 by Hikerboy45
Little lost duckling
Little lost duckling by tsmzth
Larry, Moe, Curly, Shemp
Larry, Moe, Curly, Shemp by A. Drauglis Furnituremaker
Young hoods
Young hoods by A. Drauglis Furnituremaker
Hooded Merganser (female) w/ Ducklings
Hooded Merganser (female) w/ Ducklings by ~melanie~
Hooded Merganser 1st spring males
Hooded Merganser 1st spring males by Lee Rentz

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

Birdorable Black-capped Chickadee

How many

October 13th, 2010 in Tits 2 comments

Black-capped Chickadees are resident birds across their range, which spans much of the northern half of North America. In their range, they are common back yard feeder birds, often found in mixed flocks with other species like nuthatches, creepers, and woodpeckers. Black-capped Chickadees have a complex range of calls, including their alarm "chickadee-dee-dee" call. The more "dees" you hear, the more alarmed the bird is!

Birdorable Black-capped Chickadee

Those calls come pretty fast, though. Try to count the number of "dees" you hear, next time a Chickadee is near! Or give it a try with this recording:

And be sure to check out our great collection of Birdorable Black-capped Chickadee t-shirts and gifts!