Robin Cam!

Cornell University’s famed Laboratory of Ornithology has set up a Robin Cam (very near the lab itself) with a real-time view of a pair of adult American Robin (Turdus migratorius) and their chicks. I believe the first chick (four eggs) hatched today, and what you’re seeing below is live. Be sure to put it on full screen, as the video is in high definition.

Such beautiful birds but, like the starling, their beauty is underappreciated because the birds are so common.

Cornell has other cams, too, like this Barred Owl cam.

h/t: Taskin

12 Comments

  1. Graham Head
    Posted May 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Two chicks now.

    Of course they’re not ‘real’ Robins.

    • Posted May 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      I knew someone was gonna say that! Someone from the land of Sandwiches that aren’t real!

    • Taskin
      Posted May 8, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

      Growing up in Canada, I remember being baffled by the pictures of robins in the British books I had. 🙂

      • rom
        Posted May 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

        Not as confused when I came to Canada and the locals referred to the red breasted thrushes as robins.

    • Christopher
      Posted May 8, 2017 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      Well, for the record, Thrushes don’t get thrush, Bald Eagles aren’t bald, and Great Tits don’t have, well…you get what I mean. And it appears that with each passing year, T. migratorius doesn’t do much migrating, at least here in Missouri.

  2. Taskin
    Posted May 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    The female has a white dot on her head. It’s lovely to watch her snuggle down on top of the nest.

  3. Posted May 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

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  4. Christopher
    Posted May 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I just had a nest of two Robins fledge this Saturday, though I’m a bit further south so I guess they got a head start. Hope they made it, I missed the big event.

  5. Posted May 9, 2017 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    And now this…

  6. Marilee Lovit
    Posted May 9, 2017 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Another under-appreciated quality of the American robin is its song. Very beautiful, but so common it can be over looked… or under heard.


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