Awesome webcam alert: I totally just found a webcam of some chicks on the Evanston Public Library’s (EPL) web site. Now, before some concerned citizens fire off emails to their congressional reps about having LJ’s blogs and the EPL site banned from school and public libraries, let me posit that the chicks on this webcam border on being downright educational.
Okay, full disclosure: I’m using "chick" in it’s classical sense to mean "young bird of prey," and the chicks at issue and on-camera here are the four newly-hatched peregrine falcons born under the watchful eye of Evanston Public Library’s Falcon Cam. The birds were born May 9th to a pair of falcons that have been roosting at the EPL for the last four years.
From the webcam’s site:
"The falcons have once again returned to nest at the library. In 2007, for the fourth year in a row, peregrine falcons chose to nest at the library. The same pair that nested here in 2006 succesfully raised four chicks in the nest located inside one of the column caps near the library’s Church Street entrance."
I found this webcam via the always excellent Metafilter.com. Even better, as often happens on Metafilter, one of the commenters appears to be an employee of EPL and dropped in on the thread to give a first-hand account:
"I suggested the cam the first year the falcons nested (different male and female then though) — but the library director at the time rejected the idea at first. He was a bird nut and he had a hard time looking at the birds as often as he wanted though, so he relented and gave the go ahead to do it the following year after just so long as I didn’t spend more than about a hundred and fifty bucks on the project, so he could get a falcon fix as often he wanted."
Thanks Metafilter, and thanks to Evanston Public Library for reminding me that in my heart of hearts, I’m an ornithologist.