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. 🙂

 

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

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Eagerly Awaiting the Return

The folks over at the Raptor Resource Project recently released this video of Bob Anderson, head of the project, being interviewed about the Decorah Eagle nest cam project. The video also includes footage of the team setting up the nest cam for the upcoming season. I am super excited for when the eagle cam will be back on and I get to watch my favorite eagle family. I cannot wait until they return to the nest! 🙂

Picture of Dad from last season sitting on the eggs March 2012.

Eagle Fix

I haven’t been able to go out birding in about two weeks – weather and then the plague have put me in a position where to go would have been less than enjoyable. However I have very much been needing my bird fix regardless. I started wishing that the Decorah Eagle cam was back online again. The nest cam of course will not be turned on again until the next breeding season. So I have to make due without for a while which is really hard.

I wandered over to the nest cam site anyway and was going through some of the video clips that they posted from the 2012 breeding season. Just thought I would share one that I found amusing. Poor Mom eagle totally coated in snow. She is such a good mom though – making sure those eggs stay nice and toasty.