(Update: March 28: First egg hatched this morning.)
A friendly reminder to the winter-weary (and I know there are a lot of you out there): The hummingbird nest cam, a live streaming webcam, is running, as is the family-friendly chat channel that accompanies it. Enjoy a live, close-up view of Phoebe the hummingbird and her nest, currently with two eggs nestled in it. Turn up the volume for the tranquil sounds of a spring garden, the occasional whirr of a hummer’s wings, birds singing in the background, etc. You’ll feel like you’ve opened your windows for the first time. Also, don’t forget full-screen mode so you can see every feather. Notes on the site indicate the hatch watch begins today.
For those new to the site, an adult hummingbird is 3 to 3.5 inches long, beak tip to tail tip. The nest is about the size of a golf ball and the eggs are the size of TicTacs. For those who watch Phoebe every year, be warned that you’ll be met with an introductory ad this year.
(More on Phoebe from past years)
If you prefer bald eagles, check out the Decorah (Iowa) Eagles. Notes indicate there are three eggs in the nest. Not as springy there. Looks cold, sounds like rain.