Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bird Cams To Calm Our Local Weather Woes

Well, Punxsutawny Phil got it right again this year. We’ll see another 6 weeks of winter, but those of us living here in the Adirondacks already knew that. In fact we can look forward to another 6 to 8 weeks of snow, slush, and the occasional deep freeze. March and April’s weather can be very finicky. Take comfort in knowing that the birds are getting restless down there in their tropical locales. They want to start flying north as soon as they can. However their arrival is still some ways off. So to placate our wishes for green grass, warmer temps and sunny skies, I give you several offerings.

Cams, or remote video cameras placed near a bird nest, have thrilled millions of birders and non-birders alike. This Eagle cam from Virginia is a very well-known cam that shows the daily nesting habits and egg-rearing behavior of two adult bald eagles in Norfolk, VA.

Another popular video is this cam from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland.

Are you California dreaming? Here’s a cam from the far western state’s Channel Islands.

Maybe you’re interested in Osprey nests? This one in Hilton Head, South Carolina looks active.

When the weather is not an issue, nesting can begin in earnest for these predators well before our Adirondack eagles and ospreys.

How about red-tailed hawks in Philadelphia? You got it! Here’s a cam on The Franklin Institute building.

Or maybe you’re interested in backyard birdfeeders in Georgia?

This will definitely take your mind of the chills of March. Or this?

Photo: Birders on Lake Champlain, courtesy Brian McAllister.

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