Spend your weekend watching these live bird cams

First, and undoubtedly oddest, is the Piip Show, which is a “bird reality show” (read: livestream from a birdfeeder shaped like a bar) from a Norwegian television network. Apparently this is an experiment in “slow tv,” which I did not know was a thing. Follow this link and click the red arrow in the bottom-left corner of the picture to watch live, or scroll down a few lines to watch a popular clip (the birds are at the end of the clip). As an American, I’m enjoying watching the exotic-looking-to-me birds like Blue Tits. Thanks to Rachel for the tip!

The Decorah Bald Eagles are back, and as I type this, a very small small grey-fuzzed chick is struggling to get out from under its rather bemused-looking parent.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology maintains a number of excellent bird cams. My recent favorite has been the Laysan Albatross one on Kauai, HI, not least because the time difference means you can watch it in daylight even when it’s quite late for you if you live in the continental US. Also, the chick looks like a wet mop. The chick is named Kaloakulua and was recently identified as female. Sometimes she is visited by nonbreeding adult albatrosses doing lovely practice courtship dances, and it’s interesting to see how long the chick is left alone as the parents forage: sometimes they don’t return to feed her for weeks.

I may have to switch to the just-added Barred Owl cam, though, since this nest has some very young chicks, and owls—of any age—are awesome alien-looking creatures.

The Barn Owl cam is just eggs so far, but as I type this, both parents are in the nestbox and they seem to be eating some mammalian prey item, so it’s not like nothing’s going on. Also, wow are these animals beautiful. The spots on their backs and wings are stunning.

The Red-tailed Hawks are incubating eggs. The Ospreys are (maybe?) back, but no eggs yet. The Great Blue Herons are back again, but no eggs yet either. Keep an eye on this one, though; two years ago the female fought off owl attacks as she was incubating her eggs.

Moving on from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: this nest of Channel Island Allen Hummingbirds contains two rather scraggly-looking babies breathing very fast, as hummingbirds do.


Edit: Just found this Turkey Vulture cam also. One egg so far.

6 thoughts on “Spend your weekend watching these live bird cams

  1. Barn owls are astonishing creatures; I had no idea they could get into such odd shapes. Wonderful! Glad to see the abandoned hummingbirds were rescued, too.

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