If you have been addicted to watching the Decorah Eagle Cam like I have, you’ve been watching the baby eaglets go from eggs to cute babies to…those awkward years.
Unlike most small wild birds we catch sight of around our homes that appear skinny and bald when they are babies, the eaglets seem to have been born cute, covered in grey down. It’s just now as they have been going through a growing spurt that they seem to be going through an awkward phase of not-so-cuteness. Yes, this is only my opinion, and your mileage may vary. They are still fascinating to watch, but lately it’s almost been a bit hard to do that as well. The camera goes through periods of being a bit…dirty, and unless there is a rain to wash it away, we’re watching through a poo-covered lens. Have you seen the babies eliminate? It was quite shocking when I first saw it. I expected them to just piddle in their nest and the parents would clear it away. But no…the baby leans over head first, butt in the air, and, as the people in charge of the eagle monitoring themselves describe it, “A Poop Shoot Geyser.” Yes, the camera lens seems to have been the target of their practice shooting on occasion.
To get my cuteness quotient as the eaglets go into their teenage years, I have discovered more birdcams at UStream. My favorite so far is the WrenCam. As the video first came up, there were several small baby birds in a nest in some rafters of a porch in Georgia. I watched it a few seconds, then POP! All the beaks spring open to perfect O-shapes and a parent bird brings them food. Parent bird leaves, mouths return to their normal state, and maybe a few minutes later they spring open again. They are the cutest little things, round tiny balls of downy feathers.
Tomorrow: The strangest birds I’ve seen.
Edit: On 4/24/11 afternoon, I checked the cam and didn’t see anything in the nest. A minute later, the video stream was gone. A minute after that, the site says that page cannot be found. I don’t know what happened–I am hoping the baby wrens all fled the nest. They were growing very fast. I’m hoping that’s all it was. I’d be heartbro