United States bird nest webcams round-up

This video from the USA is called Savannah Great Horned Owls, 14 January 2016.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Each year, we’re excited to share the beauty and discovery that accompanies a new season of nesting and raising the next generation of birds. The season’s round-up shows the spectrum of successes and challenges that birds experience.

  • In April, two owlets fledged from the Great Horned Owl cam hosted by Skidaway Audubon in Savannah, Georgia. Since then, an Osprey pair has been spending time at the nest site throughout the summer.
  • The Barred Owls featured on our Wild Birds Unlimited cam fledged three young in May.
  • On the Cornell hawks cam, Big Red and Ezra fledged three young for the fifth year in a row. Unfortunately, in the weeks after fledging, G1 and G3 were found injured after apparently colliding into windows or buildings. Both received care from the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center at Cornell. G1 is healing well and is in the care of a rehabilitator. We are sad to report that G3 had to be euthanized after veterinarians found that it would not be able to recover from its severe injury.
  • Record-breaking rainfall and flash flooding made it difficult for the Texas Barn Owls to find enough food for their six young. Dash, the male, disappeared, four owlets starved, and one owlet was taken and presumably killed by an unknown Barn Owl. The Cornell Lab asked a rehabilitator to take in the last remaining owlet after the female, Dottie, disappeared from the nest for more than two days. Pearl the owlet is doing well at the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Dottie has since returned to the nest and has paired with another male.
  • On our longstanding Hellgate Osprey cam with the Montana Osprey Project, Stanley did not return to the nest to breed this year, leaving Iris to breed with a new male named Louis. Unfortunately, all of the eggs were either damaged, predated, or failed to hatch.
  • The young Laysan Albatrosses, Honua, Hala, and Keiki, fledged, and another three are due to fledge soon. See the next news item for details.

Many viewers have told us that it was difficult to witnessing the reality of mortality and nest failures of wild birds while at the same time it inspired them to appreciate the tenacity and motivation that birds require to breed successfully. We will continue to learn from both the beautiful and the challenging phenomena that these 24/7 cams show in the lives of birds. Thanks for watching with us and sharing your observations, and thank you for your many expressions of support during a challenging season.

2 thoughts on “United States bird nest webcams round-up

  1. Pingback: United States bird webcams, video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. After an up-and-down breeding season that resulted in five eggs failing to hatch, the Hellgate Ospreys began their long migration south for the winter, departing from the Missoula area on September 8, 2016. It seemed that Iris and her new mate, Louis, developed a strong pair-bond this year despite the nest’s outcome. Even though they were last seen together on the same day, the pair are unlikely to use the same migration patterns or settle in the same overwintering site, but we hope to see them reunite on cam again in 2017.


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