Blog Archive: Owls

Birdorable Eastern Screech-Owl

Bonanza Bird #1: Eastern Screech Owl

November 18th, 2011 in Owls, Birdorable Bonanza 2011 2 comments
Birdorable Eastern Screech Owl

Today we're starting our third Birdorable Bonanza! For the next 19 days we'll be adding a new Birdorable bird species every day, counting up to our 350th species! See our Meet the Birds page to see all Birdorable birds. The first bird to kick off Birdorable Bonanza 2011 is the Eastern Screech Owl!

The Eastern Screech Owl is a small species of nocturnal owl that lives across parts of Eastern North America. All birds have prominent ear tufts (laid back flat in the photo above) and a mottled and cryptic plumage, which comes in two distinct color morphs: red-phase (or rufous-phase) and gray-phase. Eastern Screech Owls are nocturnal and will roost in tree trunks or cavities during the day. Despite their name, their call is a descending, soft whinny.

Birdorable Screech Owl T-Shirts & Gifts

Every day of the Bonanza we'll give you a hint for the next day's bird and you can guess what it will be. We'll start easy: tomorrow's bird lives in Africa and has a bill the shape of a shoe. Can you guess what it will be?

Birdorable Bonanza Preview
Birdorable Barred Owl

T-Shirt Tuesday: Owls Are Cool

December 14th, 2010 in Owls, T-Shirt Tuesday 1 comment

If you know owls are cool, wear it proud! This cute design from Birdorable features our original Barred Owl wearing a cool pair of shades. Text below reads "Owls are cool." This makes a great gift idea for anyone that loves owls! The design is shown here on a Kids Hooded Sweatshirt.

Birdorable Owls Are Cool Sweatshirt
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 Barn Owl

Barn Owl Trust

September 13th, 2010 in Owls 2 comments

We are so proud that our cute Birdorable Barn Owl was included in the spring issue of The Flyer, published by the Barn Owl Trust for "junior" friends of the Trust. The spring issue included Barn Owl facts, owl jokes and poems. The Birdorable Barn Owl coloring page was on the back page of the leaflet.

You can learn more about the UK-based Barn Owl Trust here. Junior friends of the Trust are called Owlets and receive the Flyer, an ID badge, a Barn Owl pin badge, and other goodies for young owl-lovers.

Birdorable Snowy Owl

Baby Birdorable: Snowy Owl

July 30th, 2010 in Owls, Baby Birds 11 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 Snowy Owl. Snowy Owl females work on nest construction alone. The nesting site is actually a scrape the bird scratches out of the bare ground or tundra turf. Snowy Owls lay between three and eleven eggs, and incubation lasts 31 to 33 days.

SnowyOwlChik by Arctic Dancer
SnowyOwlChk2 by Arctic Dancer
Snowy Owl Chicks
Snowy Owl Chicks by prettylileskimo
Snowy Owl Chick
Snowy Owl Chick by Stevie-B
snowy owl chick
snowy owl chick by smdp (aka Creative-Depictions)
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl by ahisgett
Hedwig by felt_tip_felon®
Birds of Prey (12)
Birds of Prey (12) by mycatesplace
Birds of Prey (6)
Birds of Prey (6) by mycatesplace

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