I have joined 3 birding groups to learn about birding but am still just a pleasure birder finding them in nature as I walk daily. It is March 2015!
By: WeatherWise , 7:23 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Perhaps the birds give us the first hint that winter will end and spring will come soon. It is always exciting to start seeing the birds out and about and flocks flying through on their migration routes.
The Eagle Cams are becoming exciting with activity. This am the Decorah Eagle was busying himself or herself rearranging a big stick or branch around the nest - we cam watchers call them cradle or crib rails. Most likely the male as they are the nest builder even though the female likes to rearrange the stuff he brings in.
I so miss my favorite eagles from the Norfolk Botanical Gardens Is a sad story of how the powers that be decided the eagles' nest was too close to the local airport and ordered the nest torn down. Was really weird - do you think they go around and tear down all of the eagles' nest in the area. They had a wonderful set of several high quality cameras in place with experts to give live real time info and someone monitoring cams and zooming in and out as eagles appeared on nest and a monitored chat and an informal chat as well in real time right along with the cam activity from fixing up the nest, waiting for eggs to be laid, setting on the eggs, hatching of eggs, first peek at the babies right on up to their fledging not to mention the mating and eagle feuds defending their nests - quite a bit of drama always. And all of that was taken away. It was not that the NBG built the nest or brought the eagles there....they came there and built their nest and continued to return each year. Was not NBG's doings to take it down either - it was the city's doings - Norfolk City Council. I guess some jealousy of the attention and the money that cam watchers were pouring in to support the cam ventures. Not sure what prompted them to do that as I am sure planes, trains, and cars hit birds every day all over the world. Oh, well. I went on way too long about this but school children, and just folks all over the world tuned into this cam that was sponsored also by a local tv station. So am thinking it was all about politics.
Then there is the birding from your own backyard - setting up feeders to attract birds at first and then it becomes more - FEED THE BIRDS! Then there is just simple birding on your daily walks that can also get to be NOT I am going for a walk BUT can't wait to get down there to check on the pileated woodpeckers and not just a snap and head on your walk BUT hanging out with the pileated woodpecker babies - waiting for the next feeding as you did not think that last feeding was so great. Missing My Babies tells my story of my pileated woodpecker experiece if you read through the comment section from first spotting to finding their nest and watching the babies grow and leave the area.
Or waiting for the first light of day so you can quietly slip up to the bluebird box to count the eggs or check on the baby bird. Many sorts of birding.
Then of course there are the REAL BIRDERS that go on special birding outings with special equipment which I dream of doing but have not advanced to that stage as yet though I might be getting close. I almost went to a Birding meeting last week.
I will add my other bird cam links:
Rose Bush Hummingbird Cam (Which has lost its star hummingbird - another story)
Hummingbird Nest Emma (A hummingbird backyard environment)
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