A look at our other webcam stars

A look at our other webcam stars

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We recently published an article looking at the owls featured on our live webcams. However, these beautiful birds are not the only stars of the show.

Teaming up with the Beleef de Lente Project, we have the nests of a number of other species on camera, providing a fascinating insight into what these birds get up to at this special time of year.

Peregrine

Did you know the Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on earth? These beautiful birds are capable of reaching speeds of more than 200 miles per hour when diving after their prey and are one of the few bird of prey species that can be found in urban areas. 

Peregrines typically lay their eggs in March and will incubate for roughly a month. Once hatched, the chicks will be fed a diet of pigeons and other birds, before fledging after around 40 days. Peregrines will aggressively defend their nest from potential predators and have even been recorded killing a Golden Eagle that strayed too close.

Peregrine Falcon

Great Tit

The Great Tit is one of our most familiar garden birds, and now you've got the chance to see how they raise their young. These delightful birds typically lay between seven and nine eggs, with laying normally starting in late March, although some individuals may not do so until July.

As small birds, Great Tits' incubation time is relatively short at around two weeks, and chicks are normally fledged within three weeks of hatching. You can help your local Great Tits raise their young this spring by providing them with a combination of seeds, nuts and live food.

Starling

Another of the UK's most familiar birds is the Starling. This species typically lays its eggs between April and June, so keep an eye on the webcam over the next few weeks for any sign of activity.

The Starling's incubation and fledging times are roughly similar to those of the Great Tit, although they normally only lay four to five eggs. Did you know that Starling numbers have declined worryingly? Find out why the species needs your help here.

Kingfisher

One of Britain's most strikingly beautiful birds is the Kingfisher and we're delighted to have a nest on camera. The Kingfisher nest is quite different to those of our other webcam stars, as they excavate a burrow by tunnelling into sandy soil on low stream banks. 

Around six to seven eggs are normally laid in late March and early April, hatching roughly three weeks later. Chicks can eat well over ten fish per day while in the nest and will normally take their first flight around 25 days after hatching.

Kingfisher

White Stork

As a special treat, we've also provided you with footage of a nest from outside the UK. White Storks breed on continental Europe, before heading south to Africa or Asia for the winter. These majestic birds, which can stand a metre tall, occasionally visit the UK, but the last record of a wild breeding pair was all the way back in the 15th century. 

As you can see from our camera, White Storks regularly build their nests on top of buildings and they will normally lay around four eggs in the spring. The chicks will spend the best part of three months in the nest, before striking out on their own. At the end of last year, plans to re-establish breeding White Storks in the UK were revealed.

White Stork

Get watching

The webcam fun doesn't stop with the species above, as we will soon have nest cams set up for Montagu's Harriers and Sandwich Terns, so watch this space. We also have a camera monitoring a feeding station stocked with our bird feeders and food, as well as a webcam monitoring wading bird activity, so get watching!

You can keep up with the webcams, or share your own observations, by following us on Twitter and Facebook. We'll also be featuring highlights in our email newsletter - you can sign up here.

Why not set up a nest webcam of your own? Find out more here.