Welcome to the Medlin's Birdcam
Keep reading for more information on the birds.
(Information from previous years)
June, 2007 nest
June 15, 2007 - The birds came back and rebuilt their nest. We discovered two eggs yesterday but do not know the date they were laid; therefore, we can not estimate the hatching date. Normally eggs hatch approximately 14 days after being laid. The third egg was laid on June 16th.
The first egg hatched June 28th and was named Fern by Donna, a viewer. The second egg also hatched June 28 and was named Medi by Jo, a another viewer.
July 1 - Last night there were 2 baby birds and one egg in the nest. This morning there was only one dead baby bird in the nest. Since the nest was in disarray, we believe a predator bird may be to blame. The camera has been taken off the empty nest and is now on the Boston fern which housed the bird nest. If you would like to be notified if and when we have more bird eggs we can add you to our birdcam distribution list.. To be added to the distribution list please send an e-mail message to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your e-mail address will only be used for birdcam notifications.
Thanks for viewing and chatting with us......we had as much fun as anyone.
Kathy and Tom
May, 2007 nest
May 18 - The birds in our webcam are House Finches; the female is pictured above on the left, and the male is pictured above on the right. Even though the birds look very large in the webcam, the finch is a very small bird - only about 5 to 5 3/4 inches long! When the baby birds hatch they are actually smaller than a dime.
This bird nest was built in a basket of Boston ferns hanging on our front porch in Cordova, a suburb of Memphis, TN. We discovered the nest on April 20th 2007. The eggs were laid around April 25th and hatched May 8 (2 eggs), May 9, and May 10. Our viewers named the birds Elvis, Sid, Perry, and Prissy. The baby birds will stay in the nest for about 14 days before flying away; therefore, we expect that they will begin leaving around May 22.
We expect that there will be thousands of viewers around the world, just as we had last year. A new feature of this year's bird cam is a link to a world map which shows the location of all viewers since the birdcam was turned on May 7. Click here to see a location map of our visitors. Another feature of the webcam is the optional monitored, family chat room.
We hope you enjoy the birds as much as we do. If you have any questions or comments, please send your messages to us at email@example.com.
Kathy and Tom Medlin
Update: May 14 - We discovered that two baby birds died overnight. We don't know how they died but we believe they were natural deaths. It's been very hard for all of us to watch but nature has taken it course of action. These things happen all the time - we just don't normally have the opportunity to watch it on live video. This has been a very educational experience.
Update: May 16 - We discovered that the two remaining baby birds were missing from their nest this morning. They were not in the basket of ferns, on the porch, or in the flower bed. If anyone was online when they left the nest (between 11:30 PM and 5:30 AM) and has additional information, please send us an e-mail message so that we can update this website.
Update: May 18 - We wish we could explain what happened to the last two baby birds but we just don't know. We still haven't seen any signs of them in the yard. We will leave the birdcam video and website up for a few more days. Many viewers have sent us e-mail messages and asked to be notified if and when we have more bird eggs. If you would like to be added to the distribution list please send an e-mail message to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your e-mail address will only be used for birdcam notifications. For the ones of you that chatted, thank you - it was educational and fun. I wish we could have had a better ending for the birds but some things are beyond our control. Until the next egg hatching..........Kathy and Tom
May, 2006 nest
This bird nest was built in a basket of ferns hanging on our front porch in Cordova, a suburb of Memphis, TN. We discovered the nest on Friday May 19th (2006) when there were only 4 eggs in the nest. On Friday, May 26th (2006) the first egg hatched, on Sunday the 28th the second egg hatched, on Monday they 29th the third egg hatched, and on Tuesday the 30th the fourth egg hatched.
Since we added the webcam to Tom's website on Saturday, May 27th (2006) there have been a couple thousand people watching the birds. An additional feature of the webcam is the optional monitored, family chat room. The first bird was named Johan for a viewer in Belgium, the second bird was named Elvis by the viewers, the third bird was named Bill by the viewers (it hatched while our neighbor, Bill, was mowing his lawn and we could hear everything), and we named the last bird Neely after our two granddaughters.
The typical baby bird will stay in the nest for 12-14 days before leaving; therefore, we could see the birds start leaving as early as Wednesday, June 7 or as late as Tuesday, June 13 (2006).
WMC TV Channel 5 in Memphis aired a great story about our webcam on Tuesday, May 30 and they also have a link to our webcam on their website: http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4965288&nav=menu59_2
We hope you enjoy the birds as much as we have enjoyed them. If you have any questions or comments, please send your messages to us at Medlin.email@example.com
Tom and Kathy Medlin
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