Recently, my pooch and I had a close encounter of the hovering kind. While out walking on a lovely Indian Summer day, Lily stopped to sniff the low branches of a lemon tree and came nose to nose with a curious (and intrepid) hummingbird! It stayed well out of snout's reach but flitted close enough that we could clearly see its rosy head and hear the characteristic hum of its wings that gives the tiny avian its name. Today happens to be National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day, so in appreciation of these itty-bitty pollinators, I've put together a quiz that will get your mind . . . well, a-hummin' about these amazing birds!Take the Quiz
Today is Pink Flamingo Day, so since we gave turtles a chance to shine, we thought we'd give these bright avians their moment in the spotlight. These long-legged and long-necked fellas are a curiosity of the bird world, causing us to wonder: where did they get their rosy color and why the heck do they stand on one leg!? If you want to know more about flamingos, you first have to test your knowledge on the wonderfully pink birds. Good luck!Take the Quiz
January is Adopt a Rescued Bird Month, dedicated to educating potential bird owners and finding homes for displaced birds. If you think a birdie would be the right new addition to your home, adopting a bird saves a fine-feathered friend, making them a really special pet. Click through for helpful tips and information to consider before selecting and bringing home your new bird.
You might be surprised to learn the official bird of Thanksgiving has some unique characteristics. Did you know wild turkeys can blush, love to fly, and enjoy snoozing in trees? Yes, we know the big bird is also a delicious mainstay of a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but you probably don't know these surprising facts about turkeys.
A group of owls is called a parliament, and these young'uns certainly must be holding court at the RSPCA's West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, England. Thirty-three baby birds found their way to the center between January and July, most likely due to the UK's turbulent weather this year. These tawny owlets are awaiting their release back into the wild . . . and hopefully not more ferocious wind!
Spring has nearly sprung and with it a crop of the cutest Spring chicks! Whether you're enjoying Spring-like weather or wishing for its return, check out these little birds for some seasonal inspiration.
Whee!! Forget flying. With a jar lid, a sloped roof, and a light dusting of snow, this bird has found the next big thing in extreme sports: crowboarding! No word on whether the IOC has added this event to the next Winter Olympics.
The bird motif has been around for some time and it doesn't seem like it's flying anywhere. Both modern and traditional designers continue to embrace the birds. For avian lovers everywhere, here are some fun pieces to spruce up your nest this Summer. Whether it's a traditional birdhouse or a decorative cage, these designs are sure to inspire the Audubon enthusiast in you and help an uninspired space take flight.
Branch out with these Wire Birdcage String Lights ($39) from Pottery Barn. The delicate, vintage-looking detail would make them an excellent addition to an outdoor space. If you're looking to incorporate just a touch of bird love into your home, consider this Perch Wine Stopper ($8). That little bird would look so cute perched on top of a bottle of your favorite vino. Shop the rest of this bird-inspired décor by clicking on the pictures above!