The Cattle Egret made the news in Britain this week. Although the birds have been spotted there in recent years, this year a pair has successfully raised chicks there for the first time. The breeding pair was spotted in Somerset. The report mentions that the breeding site will remain secret to protect the birds.
According to Wikipedia,
The Cattle Egret has undergone one of the most rapid and wide reaching natural expansions of any bird species. It was originally native to parts of Southern Spain and Portugal, tropical and subtropical Africa and humid tropical and subtropical Asia. In the end of the 19th century it began expanding its range into southern Africa, first breeding in the Cape Province in 1908. Cattle Egrets were first sighted in the Americas on the boundary of Guiana and Suriname in 1877, having apparently flown across the Atlantic Ocean. It was not until the 1930s that the species is thought to have become established in that area.
[…] In Europe the species had historically declined in Spain and Portugal, but in the latter part of the 20th century it expanded back through the Iberian Peninsula, and then began to colonize other parts of Europe; southern France in 1958, northern France in 1981 and Italy in 1985.
In this week’s T-Shirt Tuesday I’d like to present a new design from our sister shop, Birdorable.
The California Quail is the state bird of California. Males are beautifully colored and have a cute curved head plume. Really, these guys are pretty cute already. Just check out these California Quail photos on Flickr and you’ll see what I mean.
Birdorable also has a State Birdorable of California design that shows the cute bird along with the flag of California.
In this week’s T-Shirt Tuesday I’d like to highlight one of our simpler, text t-shirts for birdwatchers.
This original birding design which reads Life Is Short Bird Hard makes a great gift for birdwatchers. Take advantage of the time you have and spend as much of it as possible birding! Life is short – bird hard! Life Is Short Bird Hard is in a weathered font for a vintage look.
I love this design by the talented Brev87.
It’s a spoof of the traditional I Heart NY t-shirts that have been around forever. Pigeons have been in New York forever too. Yes, the pigeon is pooping on New York. My question is – do you see this t-shirt as pro-pigeon or anti-pigeon? Being pro-pigeon myself, I’m going with the former. Pick up your NY Pigeon t-shirt at Brev87.
In this week’s T-Shirt Tuesday I’d like to present our popular spoof of the old USPS slogan. The words Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds are engraved on the USPS building in New York City. A shortened version of this is often used to describe the dedication of postal workers.
We’ve used a modified version of this slogan for a funny t-shirt for birders
. Birding is a hobby to be enjoyed in all weather and all times of day or night. Just as there is always mail to be delivered by dedicated postal workers, there are always new birds to twitch. Through rain or sleet or dark of night, I BIRD
! It’s the perfect funny birding t-shirt
for dedicated birdwatchers!
In this week’s T-Shirt Tuesday I’d like to highlight one of our earliest bird themed t-shirt designs. Thermal Rider is based on the logo from the movie Easy Rider. The design includes a silhouette of a vulture.
Vultures, of course, are known for riding thermal updrafts for hours at a time, soaring in the sky without flapping their wings. Vultures are thermal riders. This is a great t-shirt design for vulture lovers and birders in general.
This is the first of a planned weekly series: T-Shirt Tuesday, where I’ll highlight t-shirt designs from the Magnificent Frigatebird shop for birders and great birding t-shirts from other online shops.
This twist on a popular iPod ad series features the silhouette of a little songbird with a white leg ring, along with the text iBand. This fun design makes a great gift for any bird ringer or bird bander.
iBand is also available in green or orange. For bird ringers, we also offer a line of iRing apparel and gifts.