WELCOME TO SEASON THREE OF THE CROW CAMERA!
May 27. 2009
The grand finale of Crow Camera Season 3 aired yesterday afternoon. That’s right, MamaCrow flew away from her empty nest. Questions abound, but answers are few. The worst part of the story is MamaCrow’s continued nesting behaviour… I don’t speak crow, but someone needs to tell her the show has been cancelled. We’ll keep the CrowCam running for a few more days – just in case something new develops. But if it gets too darn depressing we’ll have to call it quits.
May 20. 2009
Things are getting tense around the CrowNest. PapaCrow is coming to visit, but still no hatched baby crows…
May 15. 2009
It’s the Friday before the long weekend…
The sun is shining and we are feeling hopeful that one of the eggs will hatch within the next few days.
A viewer asked for a quick synopsis of the last two CROW CAMERA seasons:
Season One celebrated the birth of Edgar. A beautiful fledgling.
Season Two was a sad one, with no eggs hatching, and in the final episode MamaCrow flew away and left one egg in the nest. She returned to watch it every couple days, but the egg never hatched.
May 12. 2009
A telephone message was wrongly relayed and I thought there were 5 eggs in the nest today. I sent out a Twitter Update to followers of CROWCAMERA saying we now had 5 eggs. Oops!
Thanks to viewer Susan from Kitsap, WA. the confusion has been corrected – 3 eggs are in the nest. EEEK! We all know what that means… in the last 12 hours MamaCrow helped herself to a late mother’s day treat.
Back to Bitchbird it is.
May 10. 2009
Happy Day MamaCrow!
Far away in the depth of the mountains
Wandering here and there I carry no thought
When spring comes I watch the birds…
[excerpt Zen poem, by Shitou Xiqian /Sekito Kisen, 700-790]
A viewer from Massachusetts asked the following question: “Has anyone eaten Crow Eggs? If so, what do they taste like? Can you cook them into an omelette?”
May 08. 2009
Our Livestream Server is experiencing delays today. Apologies if the viewer window reads OFF AIR. I have put in a desperate request to the Help Team at USTREAM, hopefully CROW CAMERA will be back online this afternoon. Please refresh your browser periodically or check back to the website in a couple hours. MamaCrow is keeping the four remaining eggs warm and enjoying the slightly overcast spring day here in Vancouver.
May 07. 2009
Sometime in the last 24 hours we lost another egg….
Viewers have offered the following opinions:
1. MamaCrow is an Urbanite and knows that raising more than 2 offspring is expensive and environmentally irresponsible.
2. Another Crow that looks just like MamaCrow invaded the nest and ate the eggs.
3. Nature is cruel but always maintains a balance.
4. MamaCrow is a Bitchbird.
May 04. 2009
All’s well that ends well… or so we hope with the closing of the day. No more lunching on eggs by MamaCrow. Phew! It’s getting really windy out there. I hope the nest doesn’t blow away.
We had our first viewer from China today, Huan Ying!
May 03. 2009 UPDATE !!
MamaCrow eats an egg. We just caught her eating one of the eggs, cracked yolk and everything! EEEK. We recorded it. If you hit the MENU button in the lower right corner of the viewing window and then hit the PLAY TRIANGLE in the viewing window and then select RELATED VIDEOS and scroll to the right until you reach the video titled “May 3, 2009 Eat Egg” select it and watch. (It opens on the ustream site.)
May 03. 2009
It’s been a busy weekend! The nest is in full swing, filled with 6 eggs and a doting MamaCrow. One of our viewers asked if Crows “mate for life”… I did some research and found the following response: Corvus are monogamous cooperative breeding birds. Mated pairs form large families of up to 15 individuals from several breeding seasons that remain together for many years. In cases where a pair mates but does not breed successfully, the pair bond may be broken.
A useful site is The Pacific WildLife Foundation
May 02. 2009
Egg number five arrives in the nest.
May 01. 2009
Egg number four joins the nest.
April 30. 2009
Today MamaCrow lays yet another blue egg! This event brings the number of eggs in the nest to THREE. In approximately 18 days the eggs should start hatching… which means Friday, May 15th the first egg should hatch.
For more info on Crows
April 29. 2009
Today MamaCrow lays another blue egg! This event brings the number of eggs in the nest to TWO. We are still perfecting the webcam exposure and the server connection, so if you experience problems viewing the Crow Camera please check back in a few minutes or try refreshing your browser window.
April 28. 2009
The Crows are back and busy. Just 48 hours after the nest is built – the first egg appears. We will be live streaming the nest during daylight hours, 8:00am to 8:00pm. Stay tuned for another exciting season of Crow Camera!