The Great Blue Heron is our 227th cute Birdorable and the answer to yesterday's Spot the Birdorable. If you live in North America you've probably seen these around near water as they are quite common. It has several nicknames, including Big Cranky, Blue Crane, Long John and Poor Joe. Did you know that all Herons have two or more patches of powder-down feathers on their breasts? The feathers break up into a fine power when crushed. The birds apply this powder to areas of blood, mud or slime to absorb the mess. Once it has clumped up they can just scrape it off with their feet. They also sprinkle the powder on fish that they just caught to more easily clean off the slime and oil before eating it.
Warbler Neck Awareness Month begins in just over two weeks. You may be wondering, "What exactly is Warbler Neck?" Here is some background information on this unfortunate affliction. Gorgeous
Since we moved to our new home (in northern Illinois) we've been trying to attract birds to our backyard. The first few weeks we didn't see a single bird at our feeders. The first bird to visit was an American Goldfinch at the end of February. In...
We're adding new birds each day until we reach our 500th Birdorable species! Today's Bonanza bird is the Superb Starling. Superb Starlings have striking plumage. You might even call the combination of metallic blue and green with contrasting burnt orange superb!
Red-fronted Macaws are endemic to a small semi-desert mountainous area in Bolivia, between the cities of Santa Crus and Cochabamba, where they can be found in groups. They were thought to be a simple hybrid between a