Nesting season is coming fast. Some raptors have already laid eggs so it's time to start watching the nestcams for a window on the family lives of birds.
Here's a selection of my favorites for your viewing pleasure. In fact there so many nestcams online now that I can't possibly list them all.
- Peregrine Falcons:
- National Aviary falconcam at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh: My all-time favorite webcam shows my favorite birds! Above, Dorothy preens at her nest. Watch for her first egg in late March.
- Times Square Building, Rochester New York: The female at this site is Beauty, Dorothy's daughter. If Dorothy had a computer she could watch her grandkids.
- Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio: The female at this site was hatched in Downtown Pittsburgh. Her name is SW.
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Falconcam: This cam rotates through several views.
- Wilmington, Delaware: The female at this site is often the first to lay an egg in the Mid-Atlantic. Update: First egg, March 7!
- Bald Eagles:
- Xcel Fort St. Vrain Eaglecam in Plattesville, Colorado: These eagles are on eggs!
- Alcoa, Davenport, Iowa: They're on eggs, too!
- Southwest Florida Eagle Cam: Bald eagles in Florida start breeding in late fall. These juveniles are already as big as their parents and have brown feathers. They'll fly soon.
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology nestcams:
This list is just the tip of the iceberg. If you have a favorite nestcam post it in Comments below.
(photo from the National Aviary falconcam at the University of Pittsburgh. Click on the image to watch the webcam)
p.s. I'll also add more of my favorites as they come online.