Updated: Feb 4, 2022
Check out our suggestions for wildlife streams when your wildlife adventures cannot be quite so wild!
During winter, bird-ventures may become difficult due to weather or site access. And while some lucky mother-cluckers are fortunate enough to have a litany of birds come directly to their feeders, others may only attract House Sparrows and starlings. Or perhaps they have no birds visiting their home at all!
To solve this bird-nemic crisis, I am providing you with some of my favorite live bird cams. These various streams allow you to watch feeders, nests, and habitats around the world. Practice identifying species, learn about new birds, or just have it on in the background while you read a book.
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Northern Royal Albatross Cam
Location: Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve, New Zealand
This albatross cam is currently showing the offspring of two banded albatrosses, and it's adorable. The egg was laid back in November and the now hatched chick will stay in the nest for several months, which gives you plenty of time to watch the parents feed and raise their new young. Want a guide to help identify albatrosses and other seabirds? Try Oceanic Birds of the World!
Hog Island Audubon Osprey Nest
Location: Maine, USA
This cam is a well-known stream that views an Osprey pair, named Steve and Rachel, and their nest. This camera has an operator that focuses on the best views of the parents, chicks, or eggs. There is also a live chat if you would like to talk with other birders from around the world! Want to get better at identifying raptors? Our recommendation is The Crossley ID Guide.
Bird Feeder Cam in Ohio
Location: Ohio, USA
If you want to be jealous of someone's feeders, this is the cam for you! I clicked open the stream and immediately saw 8 species of birds, eating on the feeder. This is a great cam to practice your bird ID skills and to watch how the different species interact with each other. Want to identify the visitors to this camera? Try Sibley Birds East!
While this one is not exclusively birds, it’s an amazing live stream that anyone will enjoy. Many of the animals are well documented and named, and guides answer questions via live chat. They also log tons of video clips of exciting moments in case you miss something. There is a large time difference, but they have a handy schedule on their website to let you know when you should tune in. Want to learn more about the megafauna of Africa? Try The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals!
Live Streaming Chicken Coop Cam
Guilty pleasure alert for this stream! It's a live stream of a chicken coop, and if you make a donation, treats pop out for the chickens. There is even an in-screen view of how many eggs they've laid so far and a graphic showing the number of each color egg from the last collection. It is a pretty advanced live stream. If nothing else, it's interesting to read about this ongoing project! If you have a chicken obsession, you might want to pick up "The Chicken Chick's Guide to Backyard Chickens." It is an Amazon #1 bestseller!
Bonus Burrowing Owl Stream: https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/browardcounty/?cam=burrowingowl
Create Your Own Wildlife Stream!
You can create your own wildlife stream by setting up a cellular trail camera! Or, look for a budget friendly version that does not use cellular service!
We hope these streams fill your life with some joy in these uncertain times! Be safe and take care.