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Every spring I become a couch birdwatcher, courtesy of the Cornell Bird Labs and the Peregrine folks in Harrisburg PA. (Cornell is an expansion--I used to just watch the peregrines, and there's a stork cam in Germany which isn't up yet because it's still wintery there.) If you look at the bar on the link, you'll see other nest sites to check out, but I'm posting the Barn Owl Site

Barn Owl cam

for starters, because Peep #1 has hatched! (And there are more to come)

I love spring. I love this spring, after this last winter. I normally love gray weather--it's easier on my eyes--but even I got depressed this winter. Now I'm out looking at random flowers and actually smiling at the sun. And adding new bird cams to watch the peeps hatch. I hope the stork cam comes online soon. The storks don't know it, but their nest is so big that sparrows nest in the underside.

Date: 2015-04-30 07:38 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] eva
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Oh, nice, bird cams again!

If by the German cam you meant storchennest.de (I think I linked that in your LJ ages ago, I was so thrilled when you replied!), it's actually up, as I think are other cams too. There is something black-white sitting in the nest right now, although it's rather dark. Here it is:

There's a Play button on the test image.

And these storks might even know about sparrows! Some years back, someone in the forums there captured a video sequence of a stork just snatching a sparrow that was fluttering at the rim of the nest, and, I'm sorry to say, swallowing it. That's nature, of course.

I hope people in the comments here link their favourite bird cams, too. The barn owl cam in your post doesn't work in Germany for property rights reasons (that's a bit unusual for webcams), so I'll try a proxy to look at it. Owls are lovely animals, and their chicks are so funny.

I'm going on a nightingale listening expedition next week, if the weather allows it. A lady I know knows a place where there are currently three singing each night, and she'll give a tour there to a number of people. I haven't heard a nightingale in years, so I'm looking forward to it. About half the people who'll come, most fifty or older, have never heard one.

Date: 2015-04-30 10:37 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] staranise
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I checked the cam out, then looked to the side and went, "That looks like... half a rabbit. Oh dear. It probably is half a rabbit. I should stop watching before it becomes a quarter-rabbit."

It's things like this (and the live kitten birth cam I watched last night) that remind me I am not fated for life cheek-by-jowl with wildlife.

Date: 2015-05-01 01:52 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] nlbarber
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Ooo, Barn Owls! I watched a Great Horned Owl nest located near Savannah, Ga. earlier this year--the 2 owlets have now fledged and gone after a few weeks of incredible cuteness. I

t briefly looked like a pair of osprey might move in after the owls left (and the owls had taken over a nest built by eagles, so the eagle-cam got renamed to owl-cam), but after 2 weeks since the last osprey sighting, I think they've found someplace else. I'll track the barn owl cam instead!

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