Many of the falconcams aren't broadcasting yet - or they're boring - because peregrines in the middle latitudes (that's most of the United States) don't lay eggs until March and April.
If you live near a peregrine nest, you'll see the peregrines doing courtship flights and aerial displays but only occasionally visiting the nest. The falconcams don't have much to show.
Bald eagles, on the other hand, are deep into family life right now. Courtship is over, the nest is built, and many of the pairs laid eggs in the last two weeks. The eaglecams are up and running and there's plenty to see.
So while you're waiting for peregrine season to heat up, here are four Eagle Cams to keep you busy:
- The photo above is from the Friends of Blackwater eagle cam at Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore. Check the Eagle Gallery to see them incubating eggs in a late January snow storm. The adult eagle was covered in snow!
- Our ever favorite pair at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia has laid two three eggs. This is the couple who lived through Peyton Place last year with multiple nesting attempts and a chick with avian pox. Fortunately, everything's fine so far this year.
- You can watch the most successful bald eagle pair in Maine on the BioDiversity Research Institute eagle cam in Gorham, Maine.
- And there are two eggs at the eagle's nest at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. This site is near the Potomac River in West Virginia's eastern panhandle, less than 4 miles from Antietam Battlefield.
Have fun watching eagles online.
p.s. The number of eggs at these nests keeps going up. See the comments!