A different sort of Nestcam
by Nate Swick
Webcams showing streaming live video of raptor nests have been popular for several years now. They offer a look into an aspect of bird biology that can be difficult for birders to observe, and they're incredibly effective tools for bird outreach.
So it's pretty great that the diversity represented by online streaming nestcams has been increasing in recent years, and avian voyeurs can rejoice that new ground has been broken in California with the introduction of an Allen's Hummingbird to that storied assembly.
As reported by the NBC 4 Los Angeles:
"Not really a birder, but I enjoy them like anyone else," said Joe Dellwo, owner of the webcam. "I've always loved hummingbirds in particular. I would notice her nesting and try to peek in there with mirrors."
That's when Dellwo set up the camera to get a closer look.
"What amazed us is we thought it would be a one-time event," Dellwo wrote on the website. "After several years, we thought it would be fun to get a closer look and set up our first webcam."
Thanks to the Dellwos and their tech savvy, hummingbird enthusiasts around the world can join in the fun.