Blog Archive: Baby Birds

Birdorable Barn Swallow

Baby Birdorable: Barn Swallow

September 18th, 2015 in Baby Birds, Swallows 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 Creative Commons) of the Barn Swallow. Barn Swallows build a nest of mud, often on a man-made structure. Both the male and female build the nest, which is fortified with blades of grass. The nest is then lined with softer material, like grass and feathers. The baby birds hatch after about two weeks of incubation, and fledge from the nest after another three weeks or so.

Barn Swallow nest Colorado Springs 11 July 2010
Barn swallow nest (CC BY 2.0)
Barn Swallow in the Nest
Barn swallow in the nest (CC BY 2.0)
Baby Barn Swallows
Baby barn swallos (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Pointy-haired boss
Barn swallow fledling (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Mama barn swallow feeds her little ones
Mama barn swallow feeds her little ones (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Barn Swallows
Barn swallows (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Barn-Swallow Rauchschwalbe (Hirundo rustica) I
Barn swallow nest (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Barn Swallows 1
Barn swallows (CC BY 2.0)
Baby Barn Swallows
Baby barn swallows (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Young Barn Swalllows
Young barn swallows (CC BY 2.0)
Barn Swallow
Barn swallow (CC BY 2.0)
Birdorable Black-crowned Night Heron

Baby Birdorable: Black-crowned Night-Heron

July 29th, 2015 in Baby Birds, Herons No comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos of the Black-crowned Night-Heron. Black-crowned Night-Herons are colonial nesters, building their nests in trees in close proximity to other herons, egrets, and ibises. Incubation takes about 25 days and the chicks leave the nest at about 30 days of age.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Photo by Andy Morffew (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Lake Martin-7636 Black crowned night heron

Photo by Michael McCarthy (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Black-crowned Night Herons feeding chicks

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (CC BY 2.0)

Black-crowned night heron nest

Photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Black-crowned Night Heron Chicks

Photo by Mike's Birds (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Stately Black-crowned Night Heron chick

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (CC BY 2.0)

Black-crowned Night Heron - Juvenile

Photo by Ingrid Taylar photography (CC BY 2.0)

Birdorable Black Stork

Baby Birdorable: Black Stork

November 7th, 2014 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 Black Stork. Black Storks build large nests, typically in a very tall forest trees. Clutch size is usually 3-4 eggs; incubation lasts up to 38 days.

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Eastern Ardennes, Belgium
Black Stork, Eastern Ardennes, Belgium by Frank.Vassen [CC BY 2.0]
Junge Schwarzstörche (Ciconia nigra), Rocherath, Ostbelgien
Junge Schwarzstörche, Ostbelgien by Frank.Vassen [CC BY 2.0]
Junge Scharzstörche im Nest, Ostbelgien
Junge Scharzstörche im Nest, Ostbelgien by Frank.Vassen [CC BY 2.0]
Junge Schwarzstörche, Ostbelgien
Junge Schwarzstörche, Ostbelgien by Frank.Vassen [CC BY 2.0]
Junge Schwarzstörche, Ostbelgien
Junge Schwarzstörche, Ostbelgien by Frank.Vassen [CC BY 2.0]

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

Birdorable Barn Owl

Baby Birdorable: Barn Owl

March 12th, 2014 in Baby Birds, Owls 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 Creative Commons) of the Barn Owl. Barn Owls are cavity nesters. They use a variety of structures, including natural sites like tree cavities, cliffs, rocky outcrops, as well as a huge range of man-made structures. Barn Owls will use nest boxes, too. There are some popular nestcams set up in established Barn Owl nests, including Owl Channel, Mel & Sydney, and Audubon Starr Ranch Barn Owls. With their heart-shaped faces and their super-fluffy appearance, baby Barn Owls may look a bit goofy, but we think they are cute, too! What do you think?

Day old hatchling with peeping eggs
Day old hatchling with peeping eggs by rebonnett
Protecting angel, we all have one.
Protecting angel, we all have one. by rebonnett
Owl Hatchlings and Eggs in Attic of Abandoned House (1981)
Barn Owl Nest with Young in Abandoned House (1981) by Hunter-Desportes
Young Barn Owls in Attic of House (1981)
Young Barn Owls in Attic of House (1981) by Hunter-Desportes
Young Barn Owls in Tree Nest (1981)
Young Barn Owls in Tree Nest (1981) by Hunter-Desportes
Young Barn Owls in Tree Nest (1981)
Young Barn Owls in Tree Nest (1981) by Hunter-Desportes
Owlets
Owlets by chdwckvnstrsslhm
Barn Owl
Barn Owl by USFWS Mountain Prairie
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Barn Owl Chick by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Baby Barn Owl
Baby Barn Owl by sanangeloinsurance

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

Birdorable Great Egret

Baby Birdorable: Great Egret

November 8th, 2013 in Baby Birds, Egrets No 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 Creative Commons) of the Great Egret. Great Egrets nest in a large colony group, which is known as a rookery or a heronry. In North America, the average clutch size (number of eggs laid) is about three. Incubation takes 23-27 days. Young chicks have a sort of prehistoric look to them, but they get progressively cuter as they age:

Great Egret (Ardea alba) nest with three chicks at the in the Morro Bay Heron Rookery 21 May 2009
Great Egret (Ardea alba) nest with three chicks at the in the Morro Bay Heron Rookery 21 May 2009 by mikebaird
Great Egret Chick
Great Egret Chick by Andrea Westmoreland
(4 of 9) Great Egret Chicks in Nest w/ Parent
(4 of 9) Great Egret Chicks in Nest w/ Parent by mikebaird
great egret chick pair woody
great egret chick pair woody by JKD Atlanta
2 of 3 Great Egret Nest with Adult and Two Chicks, Heron Rookery, Morro Bay, CA 27 May 2010
2 of 3 Great Egret Nest with Adult and Two Chicks, Heron Rookery, Morro Bay, CA 27 May 2010 by mikebaird
5 of 6 Great Egret (Ardea alba) nest with three chicks at the Morro Bay Heron Rookery
5 of 6 Great Egret (Ardea alba) nest with three chicks at the Morro Bay Heron Rookery by mikebaird
2 of 6 Great Egret (Ardea alba) nest with three chicks at the Morro Bay Heron Rookery
2 of 6 Great Egret (Ardea alba) nest with three chicks at the Morro Bay Heron Rookery by mikebaird
great egret chicks woody nest
great egret chicks woody nest by JKD Atlanta

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

Birdorable Great Horned Owl

Baby Birdorable: Great Horned Owl

September 30th, 2013 in Baby Birds, Owls 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 Creative Commons) of the Great Horned Owl. Great Horned Owls don't make their own nests. They will use old nests from squirrels, hawks, or other species. They will also nest in tree stumps, abandoned buildings, nest platforms, or other structures. Often two eggs are laid, but the clutch size may be up to 4 or 5 eggs. As chicks grow, they begin to branch out from the nest. This happens about 40 days after hatching; true flight may not occur until 5-10 days after branching.

Untitled
Untitled by Kansas City District
Seeing the World for the First Time
Seeing the World for the First Time by kretyen
Hope & Faith
Hope & Faith by kretyen
Baby Great Horned Owl
Baby Great Horned Owl by wackybadger
April 21 Family Portrait
April 21 Family Portrait by kretyen
So what if my brother is napping
So what if my brother is napping by kretyen
Baby Horned Owl
Baby Horned Owl by minds-eye
I Wuv Woo
I Wuv Woo by kretyen
The devil you say
The devil you say by kretyen
Baby Great Horned Owls
Baby Great Horned Owls by a200/a77Wells
Great Horned Owl Family-Explore #73 5/26/10
Great Horned Owl Family-Explore #73 5/26/10 by goingslo
Raptor Chick
Raptor Chick by Bistrosavage

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Great Horned Owl t-shirts and gifts!