When I called my husband on my way home from class Monday night, he told me he'd been watching an eagle's nest online for the last 15 minutes.
We talked a bit about seeing bald eagles in the wild, something he experienced more often than I as he grew up closer to the Mississippi River. Then he told me he'd leave it up for me to check out when I got home.
I was only moderately interested until I actually started watching the live camera feed. Monday night, nothing too exciting was happening. A mother eagle was sitting on her babies, two of which are hatched (the first one on April 1) and one egg, just kind of looking around. No big deal.
And the sound on the Nest Cam is kind of annoying because it's mostly just wind blowing over the microphone.
But last night, as I was working on a book review and the husband was cooking dinner, I had the Nest Cam page minimized. I brought it up to mute it, only to catch my first glimpse of two baby eagles! They're weird looking little things, all neck and wing, with short fluffy gray feathers and bobble heads. Like most baby animals, they're pretty much adorable.
And then momma started feeding the babies. How often does one get that kind of opportunity? Admittedly, the fact that dinner was a dead crow was a little unsettling — isn't that some sort of bird cannibalism?
But having an "eagle eye's view" (ha!) of nature that way is kind of surreal.
It's definitely worth checking out.
The Nest Cam is sponsored by the Raptor Resource Project, a Decorah, Iowa-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls.