Great blue heron nest webcam

This is a great blue heron video.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Great Blue Herons Join Our LIVE Nest Cam Roster

A Great Blue Heron nest in a massive white-oak snag outside our office is our newest live-streaming nest camera. We’d like to invite you to watch along with us as these magnificent birds begin their nesting activities for the year.

The Great Blue Herons have nested in this snag for the last four years. We can see the nest from our staff lounge, and in years past we’ve enjoyed guessing when the eggs would hatch, watching for the day the chicks’ little beaks first appear over the nest rim, and following them as they grow to four-foot tall adolescents. This year you’ll be able to watch their progress from virtually inside the nest.

The herons returned to the nest in mid-March and soon began courting: bringing twigs, standing side by side in the nest, clattering their bills, and nipping at each other. To get good views of these large birds, we’ve installed two cameras that stream simultaneously, one from above the nest and the other at nest level. The lower camera can record even in dark conditions and streams all night long.

Last night at around 7:30 p.m., the heron laid her first egg! Tune in to keep watching for the next eggs. Great Blue Herons typically lay eggs every two days, sometimes three, until the clutch is complete. After that it will be 25–30 days before the chicks hatch, and they will spend another 7–8 weeks in the nest before they fledge. We hope you’ll join us as we watch this all unfold!

As with our Red-tailed Hawk nest camera, we’ve put the heron camera onto a temporary page at All About Birds so you don’t miss the early action. The site will be live 24 hours a day and the upper camera’s video can be streamed in HD. You can also watch on mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads. A full-featured BirdCams site will launch in late April with more birds.

We’ve enjoyed having these herons outside our windows in years past, and we hope you enjoy them too!

Great Blue Heron Rookery on Massachusetts South Coast: here.

Aggressive Ospreys Evict Great Blue Heron Nesting Pair: here.

9 thoughts on “Great blue heron nest webcam

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  2. BirdCams News Flash

    April 29, 2012

    Heron with nestlings and eggs

    Watch new life unfold at the heron nest by visiting our live cam.

    Herons are Hatching!

    Have you ever seen a newly hatched Great Blue Heron? Two eggs hatched in the nest above Sapsucker Woods Pond on April 27 and a third hatched on April 28. Watch the live cams for a chance to see the remaining eggs hatch–or to watch the young herons as they grow!


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