Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Anything is Possible

Well, this behavior is interesting. If the birds were to nest this late, this would be very, very unusual, and I'm sure would break a record for late nesting--I will have to check for sure with Charlie.

A couple things to look for as far as nesting. 1) nest always occupied, 2) bird stands up looks down and rotates eggs, 3) quick nest exchanges between mates, and 4) the birds stay on the nest through the night. The IR light I think is not working anymore so we may not have the view at night that we would like, but we certainly do not want to be on site when the birds are behaving this way.

Please keep up your great comments and observations.

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute

Sunday, May 11, 2008

House Finch Cam Live!

Well in an effort to provide you with images of nesting birds, I have set-up a webcam on a nesting house finch at my house with a dedicated blog.

These birds are common around our houses and we can learn a lot about them and bird behavior from this camera.

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Osprey Cam Now Has Blog

Please visit the new osprey blog http://ospreycam1.blogspot.com/ to learn more 
about the birds and comment on their activities.

I wanted to add that the birds are very active on the nest, they have been on
and off the nest for the last hour.

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Osprey Cam Live

Greeting all!

Just spent all afternoon setting up a second osprey cam. You can see it live at http://www.briloon.org/watching-wildlife/osprey-cam.php

Kids in the Nest just sent us a ton of new equipment and we hope to have eight camera systems running by the end of the year. A HUGE thank you to them for their incredibly generous support. 

The pair  of osprey at this new cam are located at the Taste of Maine Restaurant, in Woolwich Maine, and if you are ever driving past them on Route one be sure to stop in and see the birds on a 42 inch plasma TV! And they have great food too!

Last year this pair raised a chick, despite the fact that the female had an injury and was found hopping around on the ground. I will get the full story and post it soon. Both the male and female have been visiting the nest site, but like the eagles, a disruption in nesting the year before may make them take a year off.

At the moment you will see some wavy lines moving through the image. This is coming from interference and we know the problem and are working on clearing it up. This camera does not have sound, we will install it next year. I will also be setting up a dedicated blog for this web cam. 

We also intend in getting the other osprey cam up and running. It was struck by lightening last year and the camera may be completely dead, but we are working on it.

Please let me know if you see any activity.

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute