Blog Archive: Owls

Birdorable Barred Owl

T-Shirt Tuesday: Barred Owl

April 27th, 2010 in Owls, T-Shirt Tuesday 1 comment

This week's featured t-shirt design is our Birdorable Barred Owl shown here on a kids organic t-shirt. This will make a great gift for bird lovers, birdwatchers and owl fans.

Birdorable Barred Owl T-Shirt

You might know that Birdorable's very own Amy is a huge fan of Barred Owls. She was lucky enough to get to work with birds of prey by following a raptor course at a local rehabilitation center, Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, earlier this year. FCWR has one education Barred Owl in residence, Meepy, who was easily Amy's favorite. Isn't she gorgeous?

Meepy the Barred Owl

Meepy and me

Birdorable Barred Owl

Baby Birdorable: Barred Owl

April 16th, 2010 in Owls, Baby Birds 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) of the Barred Owl. Barred Owls incubate their eggs for 28 to 33 days. Chicks leave the nest at about four weeks but remain flightless until 35 to 40 days old. That allows for lots of cute brancher photos! Amy has a soft spot in her heart for Barred Owls, so there might be a slight overdose of cute baby photos below...

barred-owl-chick-6b by bmajoros
barred-owl-chick-in-rain by bmajoros
barred-owl-chicks by bmajoros
Fluffernutter by Minette Layne
barred-owl-chick-35 by bmajoros
barred-owl-chick-45 by bmajoros, on Flickr
barred-owl-chick-16tall by bmajoros
Hi There!
Hi There! by A. Drauglis Furnituremaker
barred-owl-adult-and-chick by bmajoros

Untitled by Minette Layne
Barred Owl Chick - Seward Park Seattle
Barred Owl Chick - Seward Park Seattle by 2thegalapagos
Barred Owl Chick - Seward Park Seattle
Barred Owl Chick - Seward Park Seattle by 2thegalapagos

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable Barred Owl gear!

Birdorable Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl coloring fun!

March 3rd, 2010 in Owls, Coloring Pages 4 comments

A few months ago we were asked by the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre if we could provide our Burrowing Owl coloring page to be included in their resource material kit. Naturally, we were very happy to oblige! The Centre kindly sent us this photo of a rather impressionistic coloring sheet making an appearance alongside some young visitors and a very special guest, George the Burrowing Owl.

Photo credit: Laurie Ewen

If you’ve colored in any of our Birdorable coloring pages, we’d love to see what you’ve done! For more Burrowing Owl fun, be sure to check out George's Blog!

Birdorable Northern Saw-whet Owl

Birdorable Saw-whet Owl

December 7th, 2009 in New Birds, Owls 7 comments
Birdorable Northern Saw-whet Owl

Today we've added one of the cutest birds I've ever seen: the Northern Saw-whet Owl. At 7 to 8 inches (17.8 to 20.3 cm) this is the smallest owl of Eastern North America. This cute little fellow got its name by accident when a member of the National Audubon Society heard the call of a Barn Owl, which is said to resemble a saw being sharpened, and mistakenly attributed it to the smaller owl. Since 1997, the Ned Smith Center in Pennsylvania has been leading research in the movements and ecology of the Saw-whet Owl. Each autumn, a team of trained researchers and volunteers harmlessly catch, band and release hundreds of these small birds at three banding stations in central Pennsylvania. Throughout the years they've banded more than 5,000 owls and helped map the movements of this secretive species. For more information about this great project check out the Saw-whet Owl Research Blog.

Photo by Steve Gilchrist (via Flickr)
Saw-Whet Owl
Photo by zhakora (via Flickr)

For more Birdorable owls see Meet the Birds: Owls.

Birdorable Great Grey Owl

Birdorable Great Grey Owl

December 3rd, 2009 in New Birds, Owls 3 comments
Birdorable Great Grey Owl

We've just added another owl to Birdorable. This time it's the Great Grey Owl, also known as Lapland Owl. It is America's tallest owl with the largest wingspan, although the Great Horned Owl and Snowy Owl are heavier. The bird lives across the Northern Hemisphere, in the taiga, boreal and mountainous forests of North America and Eurasia. Great Grey Owls can locate prey underneath two feet of snow and will plunge right in to catch a rodent they didn't even see. Pretty cool, he? Here's a nice video of a this amazing bird in action: