Nestcams like these allow you to see what the process of nesting and raising young actually looks like in real time – and they can capture some awesome events.
#1: Great Blue Herons, Sapsucker Woods, Ithaca NY:
Video of a nighttime owl attack on the mother as she incubates (don’t worry, she’s okay):
The other day I saw a junco perched on the ledge of the front side window of a parked car. As I watched, he flew at the side-view mirror, a full head-on charge. When that didn’t seem to work, he sat back on his perch on the window, looked at the mirror, and charged again. And again. When some people passing by scared him up into a tree, he waited until they were gone, and then he flew back down and resumed his attack. He was really determined to win this fight against Mr. Uppity Mirror Junco.
I’m hoping this was a fluke. No one wants to think that their study species is dumb.