Hooked On Bird Cams

by Nancy on April 11, 2013

HawkSpring has sprung even though there is snow on the ground while I write this. It’s the time of year for birds to start making babies.

Joan and I are addicted to watching the Osprey cam in Longmont, Colorado. The male arrived at the end of March and the female about eight days later. First we fretted about when the female would come. Then we fretted she might have to lay eggs during our snowstorm and 16 degree overnight low. Now we are anxiously awaiting the laying of the eggs. Then we can fret about if the eggs all hatch and then we can fret about keeping the babies safe from predators. All this fretting, just like our own kids.

There are several other bird cams across the country. One of the coolest is a pair of Red-tailed Hawks that have nested over a soccer field on the Cornell University campus for several years. They have not one, not two but THREE cams trained on the nest. The female, Big Red, laid three eggs and hatching is expected to begin soon. A fun thing about this cam is there is a large, involved group of hawk-watchers. You can read their flying live commentary and ask questions.

Also close to Cornell, is a cam focused on a Great Blue Heron nest. Courtship has begun, eggs to follow.

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Mary April 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm

There was no cam, but last year we anxiously awaited goslings from aCanada Geese nest built on top of a muskrat lodge in the irrigation pond at the barn. She sat and sat, but no goslings emerged. :(

Susan April 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm

The eagles in Decorah, IA are fascinating to watch, too. Great view of the nest.
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Nancy Nancy April 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Looks like a cold, rainy, windy day in Iowa. I’m trying to figure out where the nest is?

Nancy Nancy April 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Ah those Canadian Geese. Can’t walk the dogs around the ponds near my house when the geese are in full swing, too many dog “treats.”

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