Bird Cams

16 Apr

It seems to be the new rage. And I know why! I am glued to my monitor.

Bird Cams.

There are 2 currently on The Internets that I know of.

One is a camera on a nest of Bald Eagles – 2 parents and 3 baby birds

And the other a nest of Red-Tailed Hawks – 2 parents and 3 eggs

This is one I’ve recently started watching:

http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

This is an eagles’ nest in Iowa – there are actually a couple of cameras on the nest 24/7.

Here’s some info from the website about the eagles (which have 3 tiny babies in the nest):

“The live video feed is streamed online 24/7. At night an infrared light provides night vision to viewers through the cam. Infrared light is not visible to eagles, they do not see it or know it is there.

What is the history of this pair?
They have been together since the winter of 2007-2008. Her markings at that time indicated that she was about 4 years old. They successfully hatched and fledged 2 eaglets in 2008, then 3 in 2009, and 3 more in 2010.

How big is the nest?
about 6 feet across, about 4 feet deep; it weighs about 1000 lb.”

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And, E told me about this one, a couple of nights ago. It’s a New York City Hawk Cam.

The eggs are in the nest, but they have not yet hatched – so you can catch all of the action here:

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/hawk-cam-live-from-the-nest/

Form the hawk website:

“This is a live video feed from the 12th floor of Bobst Library at New York University where a pair of red-tailed hawks – Violet and Bobby – have built a nest, stick by twig, outside the office of the university’s president, John E. Sexton, overlooking Washington Square Park.

If you’re lucky, you’ll catch Violet carefully turning the three white eggs beneath her or Bobby swooping onto the wide sandstone ledge to bring rats, pigeons or mice. We may be adjusting the camera’s angle in the coming days or weeks, so stay tuned for developments, including the glorious moment when the first little beak pokes through its shell.”

Check out both of these live camera feeds. You can watch the birds in real time. Fascinating!

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On a slightly less captivating note, Hubby and I have a Mourning Dove who sits on the tree outside of our window every morning making it’s lovely, distinctive woo-OO-oo-oo-oo sound.

I haven’t taken a picture of it yet, but it looks like this:


It’s such a sweet bird. It’s there every morning. Now that it is warm enough for us to have the window open, we can hear it very clearly. Sometimes it sits on the railing of our fire escape and makes it’s woo-OO-oo-oo-oo.

xoxo,

SAllan

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4 Responses to “Bird Cams”

  1. doose April 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Fascinating. Now We’ll be hooked watching on and off all day. Looks like it’s as windy in Iowa as it is here.

    • sallanscorner April 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      You’ve had some rough weather I hear!

      I love watching the eagle – those feathers do get wind-blown. Have you seen the chicks?

  2. Johnny D April 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    “How big is the nest?
    About 6 feet across, about 4 feet deep; it weighs about 1000 lb.”

    Wow!

    • sallanscorner April 17, 2011 at 7:34 am #

      Monstrous, right? It doesn’t appear that large with that big bird sitting there – she must be gigantic as well!

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