Eagle Cam


Many years ago, the local power company, Public Service of Colorado, placed a nest box on the smokestack of one of their power plants. They put a camera inside, and watched what happened.

What happened was that a pair of Great Horned Owls moved in and raised a family. The public got to watch. Very cool.

Fast forward several decades. PSC merged with two other power companies in 1995 to form Excel. One of the other companies also had bird cams (which is the story you read in their “Information” page.) Excel now has at least five raptor cams, three in Colorado and two in Minnesota. https://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/cams

Both Bald Eagles and Great Horned Owls begin nesting in January, if you can believe it. Right now, I’ve only seen activity in the Bald Eagle nest. https://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/cams/xcel_energy_eagle_cams/eagle_cam_two

The male, in the foreground, has a bloody beak, after eating a rabbit, the remains of which are just to the left of his head. The female is rearranging the sticks to her liking. Courtesy Excel Energy Bird Cam

I saw them mating earlier, and interestingly, in this pair, the male seems to be the larger. In raptors, usually, it is the female who is bigger.

The female continues to rearrange sticks. Courtesy Excel Energy Bird Cam.

I have two monitors on my computer and have one on the bird cam permanently. I look forward to watching the nest cams through the spring and summer. I hope you enjoy them, too!

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6 Responses to Eagle Cam

  1. That is just the coolest. Love seeing eagles and other raptors in these parts.

  2. Pat Law says:

    Hats off to you and Excel! Your pictures are wonderful. Some day please tell me how you have a camera (from your computer? trained on these boxes.

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing Amy! When my daughter was in kindergarten, her teacher had the eagle cam on in her classroom all spring. It made the classroom a much more peaceful space.

  5. I can believe that it made the classroom more peaceful. I find myself sitting and watching the birds a lot, trying to figure out what they are doing, and why. You feel as if you need to be quiet so you don’t disturb them.

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