Blog Archive: Ducks

Birdorable Redhead

T-Shirt Tuesday: Are Redheads Better?

March 9th, 2010 in Ducks, T-Shirt Tuesday No comments

The Redhead is a medium-sized duck that lives in western North America. Mallards have a much larger range and live across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. This design asks the eternal question: Are Redheads Better? Than Mallards, that is ... Cute gifts here for birdwatchers, duck fans and redheaded bird lovers.

Birdorable Redhead

T-Shirt Tuesday: I Love Redheads

January 5th, 2010 in Ducks, T-Shirt Tuesday 1 comment

Don't you love Redheads? This week's featured t-shirt is this I Love Redheads design with our Birdorable Redhead! This medium-sized diving duck breeds in western North America and spends the winter in southern and north-eastern United States, the Great Lakes area, Mexico and the Caribbean. We saw a couple of Redheads the other day while birding along Lake Michigan here in Illinois.

I Love Redheads

Shown here is our Basic American Apparel T-Shirt which is made in the USA.

Birdorable Northern Pintail

Birdorable 198: Northern Pintail

Cute Birdorable Northern Pintail

The 198th bird in our Birdorable Bonanza is this cute little Northern Pintail. This dabbling duck has a widespread range in the Northern Hemisphere. It breeds across northern areas of North America, Europe and Asia and in winter migrates as far south as Hawaii, Central America, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Its global population is estimated at 6.1 to 7.7 million birds. Have you ever seen a Pintail?

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Photo by Frank Shufelt (Source: Flickr)

Until the 31st of July we'll be adding a new bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza until we reach the 200th at the end of this month. Here's a preview of tomorrow's bird:

Preview of Birdorable 199
Birdorable Common Eider

The Birdorable Common Eider

January 9th, 2009 in New Birds, Ducks No comments
Birdorable Common Eider

The Common Eider is the first new species that we're adding to Birdorable in 2009. It is a beautiful bird with some striking features. The male is unmistakable with its black and white plumage and green nape. You can find this cutie on the northern coasts of Europe and North America.

Did you know that this bird was involved in one of the first ever bird protection laws? The colony of eiders living on the Farne Islands in Northumberland in England has been protected since the year 676, when Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, patron saint of Northumberland, chose the bird as the county's emblem bird. Eider ducks are still called Cuddy Ducks in modern Northumbrian dialects, "Cuddy" being the familiar form of "Cuthbert".

Birdorable Ruddy Duck

New Birdorable bird: Ruddy Duck

October 7th, 2008 in New Birds, Ducks 2 comments
Birdorable Ruddy Duck

This week we've added the Ruddy Duck as a new Birdorable bird. These ducks live throughout North America. As a result of escapes from wildfowl collections they are now also established in Great Britain from where they have spread widely into Europe. When we lived in the Netherlands we sometimes saw these birds with their beautiful blue bills and cute spiky tail. We saw this couple at Starrevaart, a bird lake north of the Hague:

Birdorable Ruddy Duck
Male and female Ruddy Duck at Starrevaart in the Netherlands