Monday, April 23, 2018

Watch the Birdie

If you like watching birds go about their business, especially the business of raising their young, check out these webcams: 

California Condors

See youngster Pasquale and its parents, 60 ft. up in a redwood tree cavity. 

"Welcome to Condor Cam, the first webcams to stream live video of wild condors! For your best chance of seeing condors on the cams, check back periodically. The central California population is growing due to ongoing releases, wild nesting and the care we provide them but they are wild. Condors fly in and out as they please; you might see a dozen or more at once, or you might not see any. 
By visiting Condor Spotter as you watch, you can identify individuals by their wing tags. You might even see them feeding on carcasses provided by biologists to ensure a clean non-lead contaminated food source as the population recovers. In some years, we offer a nest cam, so you can watch a nestling from the time it hatches up until it fledges."  Condor Nest Cam

Red-Tailed Hawks

This family lives in a 100ft. blue gum tree on the Presidio.

"To help you learn more about bird breeding behaviors in the park, the Presidio has established a live video stream – similar to PG&E’s popular Peregrine falcons webcam or other live bird cams – of these “love birds.” We’re dubbing this “Hawk Cam,” and though we won’t share the nest’s exact location (we’d like to give this couple a little privacy), over the next few months we’ll observe this pair as they make a home for their young, and watch as their small chicks make their way from egg to first flight. Also, we’ll continuously update a highlights playlist from the Hawk Cam on the Presidio’s YouTube channel so you don’t miss an important moment."  Presidio RTH Nest


This is a bare bones cam of a raven in Iceland nesting on a covered ledge on a building like a Home Depot in Iceland.  No chat, no sound.  Because of the time difference, image is b&w for much of the west coast day.  Raven Nest Cam

Peregrine Falcons

Our high-definition camera atop PG&E headquarters in San Francisco’s Financial District provides a bird’s-eye view (pun intended) of this annual spectacle of nature for legions of bird fans across the world. In the 2017 nesting season alone, this page recorded about 100,000 visits.

Our falcon pair began their nest early this year: Their first egg made its appearance on Feb. 13, likely the earliest peregrine falcon egg-laying on record in the Bay Area, according to regional bird researchers.

As always, nature makes its own rules. Sometimes the falcon parents build their nest on the PG&E building, and sometimes they don’t. And, even when they do, the eggs don’t always hatch. That said, getting to watch the parents protect and feed their young and seeing them grow from furry blobs to young birds taking their first flight is quite an experience.

PG&E Peregrines 

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