Bird Cams

Think You Know Your Grosbeaks?

Snow is starting to fall in northern Ontario, and the grosbeaks are starting to return in numbers to the Ontario FeederWatch Cam. As part of our collaboration with Perky-Pet®, we’ll be offering you plenty of opportunities this winter to test your knowledge and creativity in pursuit of fun prizes like bird feeders, free Cornell Lab memberships, and other birding gear.

For our first challenge, we are posting a highlight clip with some of the most colorful birds that frequent the Ontario cam—the grosbeaks! Watch the short clip and tell us which grosbeaks you see, then we’ll randomly select a winner from the correct responses for a fun prize. Register your guess in this form, then head back over to the live cam view for more boreal birding.

Two nonbreeding Laysan Albatrosses practice courting during last season’s camera installation.

Dancing Lessons from the Tropics

If you’ve followed our spectacular Laysan Albatross Cam over the last two years, then you know that the albatrosses are beginning to return to Kauai to breed. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring a third season to life thanks to the efforts of the Kauai Albatross Network.

We’re hoping to have the camera online by mid-January to capture more of the incubation behavior of the adults, and we hope you’ll join us! For now, enjoy this highlight of a pair of courting albatrosses taken during last season’s installation, and get ready for another season of dance lessons courtesy of one of the world’s most widely-traveled birds.

Acorn Woodpeckers Take Their Fill on the West Texas Hummingbird Cam
A pair of Acorn Woodpeckers visits the West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam.

The Biggest “Hummingbird” You’ll Ever See

Everyone loves a little sugar, even a surprise Acorn Woodpecker visiting our West Texas Hummingbird Cam. Acorn Woodpeckers are very unusual woodpeckers that live in large groups, hoard acorns, and breed cooperatively. Group members gather acorns by the hundreds and wedge them into holes they’ve made in a tree trunk or telephone pole (learn more about Acorn Woodpeckers). Unsurprisingly, Acorn Woodpeckers are also great opportunists, consuming insects and nectar when locally abundant.

Though most of the hummingbirds have migrated from this area before the lower temperatures of winter arrive, there are still a few Rufous Hummingbirds left to be seen on cam (watch highlight). Hummingbirds should start trickling back into the area in early March—till then, we’ll keep the cam streaming as long as the nectar is unfrozen. Thanks for watching!


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