Brimful Curiosity turned us on to the joy of the nest cam, last spring when tuned in to watched the Decorah Eagles care for three eaglets.
They have three again this year, but the "babies" are already fairly old, so we switched over to a couple of web cams from the Hancock Wildlife Foundation live streaming the White Rock Eagles - a nest in White Rock, BC overlooking Boundary Bay, with two eaglets just hatched. In fact, we got to watch on, as one hatched, this morning. You can tell Mom from Dad by size. Mom is a good deal bigger. But, both are very active in the care and feeding of the young.
We are also watching two nest cams from Cornell Universities All About Birds site, a Red-Tailed Hawk nest with three eggs, and a Great Blue Heron Nest with five. There is information on the site as to how to tell the parents apart, and footage of a very exciting owl attack on the heron nest..
We also have a large number of osprey nests in town, so we thought it would be fun to watch the Earth Cam osprey nest in Longmont, CO, with two eggs, as well. The female osprey has brown feathers across her chest, that the male does not have.
It's quite a few nests to keep track of, especially since you never know when the action is going to happen, but it has been interesting watching the birds coming and going, and comparing their behavior, eggs, and nesting styles. Watching birds from all over the countryside, live as they take care of their nests, right from our living room - is truly amazing.
It's great to be a homeschooler.