Blog Archive: April 2012

Birdorable Eastern Bluebird

Baby Birdorable: Eastern Bluebird

April 30th, 2012 in Thrushes, Baby Birds No comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (Creative Commons images shared via Flickr) of the Eastern Bluebird. Eastern Bluebirds are small thrushes that live across much of eastern North America. They are cavity nesters and will use nest boxes. Incubation lasts about two weeks, starting after the last egg is laid. Typical clutch size is 3 to 7 eggs. Fledging occurs about 18 days after hatching.

Bluebirds 5
Bluebirds 5 by OakleyOriginals
we're ready
we're ready by nosha
Baby Bluebird Mohawk
Baby Bluebird Mohawk by OakleyOriginals
Baby Bluebirds wk 3
Baby Bluebirds wk 3 by mullica
The Second Eastern Bluebird to leave the nest box.
The Second Eastern Bluebird to leave the nest box. by trista.rada
Third Eastern Bluebird to Fledge
Third Eastern Bluebird to Fledge by trista.rada
juvenile bluebird
juvenile bluebird by gerrybuckel

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Eastern Bluebird t-shirts and gifts!

Birdorable Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle & Eastern Bluebird Coloring Pages

April 16th, 2012 in Eagles, Coloring Pages 1 comment

Two new birds were recently added to our free coloring pages offering: Bald Eagle and Eastern Bluebird. Visit our free listing of Coloring Pages to download the PDF files for your own coloring fun.

Have you used our coloring pages at home, in your classroom, or at an event? We’d love to hear about it! Send us photos of the pages in action, or the final result – we may showcase them on our blog!

Birdorable Osprey

Cool Facts About Ospreys

April 10th, 2012 in Fun Facts, Ospreys 8 comments

Ospreys are one of the most common and well-known birds of prey in the world. They are cool, too! Here are some fun, interesting and cool facts about Ospreys.

Birdorable Osprey
  • Ospreys are found on every continent except Antarctica. They breed on all continents except Antarctica and South America.
  • Ospreys eat a diet which consists almost exclusively of fish. This earned them the nickname "sea hawk."
  • Ospreys hunt fish by hovering over water and then diving feet first to capture prey in their powerful talons.
  • An Osprey's outer toe is reversible, which means they can carry prey (slippery fish) with two toes in front and two toes behind.
  • While flying away with the freshly-caught prey, an Osprey will manipulate the fish so that it is parallel to the bird's body, and thus aerodynamic.
  • The oldest known North American Osprey lived to be 25 years old.
  • During the mid-20th century, North American Osprey populations suffered great losses (along with other birds of prey) due to widespread use of the pesticide DDT. After DDT and other contaminants were banned, the Osprey recovered fairly quickly.
  • Ospreys make large nests on the top of dead or live trees. They will also readily use nest platforms or other man-made structures like utility poles.

We've recently updated our Birdorable Osprey cartoon. Be sure to browse through our great collection of Osprey apparel and gifts.

Birdorable Brown Pelican

Baby Birdorable: Brown Pelican

April 4th, 2012 in Pelicans, 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 Brown Pelican. Brown Pelicans are social birds and communal nesters (check out that first photo!). Usually three eggs are laid. Incubation duties are shared by both parents; incubation lasts up to 32 days.

BretonPelicanHeads-1
BretonPelicanHeads-1 by USFWS/Southeast
BretonNewborns3-1
BretonNewborns3-1 by USFWS/Southeast
BretonNewborns7-1
BretonNewborns7-1 by USFWS/Southeast
BretonNewborns8-1
BretonNewborns8-1 by USFWS/Southeast
Baby brown pelican!
Baby brown pelican! by USFWS/Southeast
Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican by kevincole
Brown pelican juvenile
Brown pelican juvenile by Charles & Clint
Brown Pelican 3
Brown Pelican 3 by Bogeskov

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Brown Pelican t-shirts and gifts!