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Berry College, a private 4-year liberal arts school close to Rome, Georgia, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is proud to host a live webcam on an eagle nest on their 27,000 acre campus, the world's largest campus! A friend sent me a link to this live cam this morning and being quite impressed with it, I decided to share it with you. I was delighted to be able to embed the link.
It is nest-cam watching season now. Of course, Carl and I have our own nest cams here at Parc Perlière. Unfortunately, we do not have the means to make them live views for you. But we will continue to update you as to the action occurring within and outside the boxes. More is happening elsewhere as the temperature begins to rise for Spring. For example, I recently learned that the Cornell University Red-tailed Hawks, Big Red and her mate Ezra, having refurbished their nest, have nwo produced a first egg (March 19) and a second egg (March 22 -- today)! These are hearty birds to be laying eggs in 37 degree temps in Ithaca, New York.
You can learn more about Big Red and Ezra and their daily lives by visiting the Cornell Hawks link in the caption above. I have enjoyed watching these two hawks raise chicks for the last couple of years. My regular readers will recall this blog post about them from June 26, 2012: "Another Red-tailed Hawk Family Followed in Far-Away Cornell Land"
Cornell University also has a webcam on a Great Blue Heron nest outside of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology building in Sapsucker Woods. They have spent time this winter reburbishing cameras for this nest site prior to the birds' arrival. They were expecting to have the work completed by the end of March. They may need to speed up the process as a Great Blue Heron visited the nest on March 15!
Cornell University partners with other groups to promote their live bird cams as well. Earlier this year, in a February 1 post, "The Ice Man Cameth -- January 29--30! Birding out the Window & Birding on the Net Continued" , I gave this link to the Laysan Albatross nest web cam in Hawaii! I am not permitted to embed this live feed but I do recommend that you check it out. The still flightless child has left the nest and now wanders about the yard. The cam must be remote controlled so that it can follow his movements. It is pretty cool! To keep track of all of the Cornell web cam partners, use this link. You will be able to watch birds at feeders in Sapsucker Woods (Cornell) and in Ontario as well as Ospreys nesting in Montana and American Kestrels in Idaho! Word is that the Ospreys are expected to return to their nesting sites in Montana within the next couple of weeks! Yes, I have posted these links before (see my post from June 3, 2013). But being excited about nesting season, I do not want you guys to miss out either. Do not forget to check out the Audubon-sponsored Project Puffin web-cams either! The Puffins are still out to sea but you can enjoy last summer's highlights below.
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Now, when it rains tomorrow or another day, you can still get your birding fix by going on the the web to have fairly close-up views of the private lives of birds. Enjoy! In the meantime, Carl and I will keep an eye on the activity in our boxes. I promise an interesting video clip from this morning! I will say that we know now that we have 11 eggs in the duck box. More later!