Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring has sprung. We've got babies!

As I type this, I can hear the chirping of birds in the background, and I'm a little annoyed that I can't both type and watch the webcam. The first camera is located near Sidney, B.C. I can see that there are at least two, maybe three newly-hatched chicks in the nest.

Several of my friends have been glued to their laptops for days, watching for the eggs to hatch. Now that the chicks are moving around and eating, it's hard to stop watching them. I love the creaky door call that the parents make.

There are also cameras on Hornby Island, which is northeast of us. It looks as if the process is slightly delayed there.

The cameras are maintained by the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, whose website is here.

If either of these screens is black when you come to visit, that will be because it's dark out here - and it's really dark where the nests are. If you come back during the day, you'll have a great view.

So - we had nothing else to do this weekend, right? I hope you enjoy hanging out at the nursery.


John Hayes said...

This is really quite amazing &, as you suggest, somewhat addictive. Thanks.

Sandra Leigh said...

Heh. Was that a sarcastic 'thanks'?

John Hayes said...

No, not sarcastic! It really is great.

Patresa Hartman said...

oh my! it's the SOUNDS! i love the sounds. really beautiful. thank you for the link, sandra leigh! i had no idea this was out there. i want to put it on a loud speaker and crank it through the house.

Sandra Leigh said...

Patresa, I'm glad you like the link. I agree about the sounds. They make me want to go for a long walk in the country - and that can't be a bad thing.

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