Spring Snow Storms are Unpleasant

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has set up another bird cam of a pair of Osprey located out in Montana. This is apparently a pair that they have watched before, but given how late it is in the season were unsure if they were going to return to the nest site or not. Luckily for us the pair have returned and will hopefully successfully fledge babies this year like they have in the past years. From what I can tell they currently have a single egg, with possibly up to three being laid total. Apparently neither parent is banded, which I was a little surprised about, but it seems to be the same birds using the nest year after year. I have not watched this nest cam enough to be able to tell the difference between the parents without help from the chat moderators.

Unfortunately for the Osprey parents they are having to deal with a horrible spring snow storm that is causing ice to form on mom Harriet’s beak and eyes. Hang in there mom! Hopefully the storm will be over soon to cut her a break.

I’m excited because now I have multiple egg cams to watch now. ­čÖé

 

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Osprey mom Harriet showing dedication to her unborn babies during a spring snow storm.

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Pretty Ballsy There, Mr. Starling

Lately┬áI have had to get my bird cam fix with alternatives since my favorite Decorah Eagles picked their ‘away nest’ and we can’t watch them raise their babies this season. The Cornell Ornithology Lab has several bird cams up right now, including this Red-Tailed Hawk nest cam.

I was watching the cam out of the corner of my eye as I was working on other things and then all of a sudden a European Starling lands just above the incubating parent (I haven’t become familiar enough with the hawk parents to tell them apart without them being next to one another). Pretty ballsy move there Mr. Starling, considering how close you are to a predator. Pretty ballsy indeed.

Ballsy European Starling

Up Close and Beakified

Mini post alert!

I have two monitors for work and when I’m not utilizing the right one I will sometimes blow up the Decorah Eagles bird cam so it fills the screen. Much to my delight, one of the babies decided it was time to investigate the camera and taste the delicious staple stuck in the tree – all from about four inches away. Helllooooo there!