Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Voyeuring in on Molly and McGee

Ordinarily I do not promote WebCams as the vast majority of them are really lame. However, Nancy has been completely hooked on Molly and McGee, a pair of barn owls nesting in a box in San Marcos, California.

The couple who put up the nesting box outfitted it with two web cams; a color for daytime and a night vision camera. The couple occasionally come on an narrate the progress of the the pair and answer questions from viewers.

We have watched several of the eggs hatch in to three (or four) incredibly ugly baby owls. The cams are sound enabled so we can hear them in the background when we are on the computer - usually there is a huge ruckus as the male brings his lady fresh mice, rats and occasionally, a rabbit. The kids delightfully chirp as Molly tears the heads off the evening meal.

I encourage everyone to check out this cam, it truly is fascinating as Molly and McGee dutifully attend to their brood and one another. The link is: http://www.sportsmansparadiseonline.com/Live_Owl_Nest_Box_Cam.html


Gorilla Bananas said...

I checked it out and all I could see was the big mamma's tail - which isn't as good as it sounds.

Kay Dennison said...

I found it interesting!!!!

Robert the Skeptic said...

Bananas Ah well you great apes are not known for your long attention spans. Then again, watching a mama owl sitting on her chicks for hours is not always compelling entertainment.

Kay If you keep the window open in the background while you do other things on your computer, you will (assuming you have your sound on) you will hear a lot of commotion when something happens, like the male bringing home another rodent for the brood.

kara said...



i stare at it sometimes when i'm angry or stressed.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I am amazed. My nearly three-year-old granddaughter is nuts about owls. She will go crazy for this. Thanks for the link!
I have already sent it to her mom.

secret agent woman said...

I just looked at the photo first, before I read the post, and could not figure out what I was looking at!

Robert the Skeptic said...

Secret Agent Yes, the small photo is a bit obscure, I didn't know if I could link the cam feed directly into my blog. Glad you figured it out.

GutsyWriter said...

What amazing pictures. I just put it on FB with a link to your blog. Thanks Robert. Are you on Facebook?