One of the best web series right now does not have any human actors or dialog in it. From Los Angeles to New York City and around the world people are glued to their computer screens. More than 287 million to-date, and from 5,000 to 20,000 people at any given time are watching. It is the single most watched show in history.
The world has been watching a most unlikely place, Decorah, Iowa. There, a remote live web cam has enabled the world to watch as two American bald eagles returned to their nest where the female laid three eggs. The eggs were laid in late Feb. and early March.
This show has the drama and comedy of all the best web series rolled into one. The eggs have survived subzero weather, snow, wind, and rain. At one point a raccoon tried to enter the nest to help himself to an easy meal. A mouse made an easy meal for the eagles as he went hopping across the nest. The eagle parents have been diligent in taking turns keeping the eggs warm and safe. At times the parent sitting on the nest has been completely covered in thick snow.
In spite of the subzero weather, on April 2, 2014 at 9:22 a.m. CDT, the first egg hatched and eaglet D18 was born, making its debut to the world. Then, on April 3, 2014, at 11:29 p.m. CDT, eaglet D19 was born. The third egg, laid four days after the second one, currently has a small hole pecked in it.
D18 and D19 are little more than tiny fuzzballs right now but they are hungry fuzzballs. Their parents take turns bringing food such as fish and squirrels into the nest where the parent sitting on the nest shreds it and gently feeds it to the tiny, hungry eaglets. The eaglets have tried walking only to fall flat on their tiny beaks. However, they will grow and gain strength quickly.
The world is now waiting and watching for the third egg, D20, to hatch, and to watch the three eaglets grow and ultimately learn to fly and leave the nest. The live feed can be viewed at the Raptor Resource Project Decorah Eagle Cam site at http://www.farmyou.com/falcon_cams/. You can also view the eagle nest on ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles.
Photo Credits: Raptor Resource Project