It’s addictive, these live bird cams. Watching the male and female work in concert to hatch eggs and see the young safely fledged becomes a consuming saga. The patience of the birds, the tenderness with which they place pieces of fresh prey into the gaping bills of down-covered young—time slows, and yet an hour has gone by before you know it. For the last few weeks I’ve been following the three Red-tailed Hawk chicks, and it suddenly struck me that they are as stuck in their nest as we all our in homes. Soon, though, they will fledge (hope we all can too, in the not far future). Cams are also focused on the nests of Barred Owl, Osprey, Bermuda Petrel, and more. Steel yourself. Not every chick will make it. —L.J.
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