Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Exciting Feeder Live Cams

We can all appreciate seeing such exciting birds as a Pine Grosbeak or a Red-legged Honeycreeper, although most of us will enjoy an occasional observation of these and similarly impressive birds on Cornell Lab’s live cams.

We all enjoy the birds that visit our feeders each day, but there are times when we yearn for some new birds. Here’s a great option: It’s fun to periodically check on other active feeders located in other areas, for example, a prime feeding station in upstate New York, backyard feeders in northern Ontario, and a rainforest feeding station in Panama. It’s like taking a virtual trip to another active feeding site with a different range of birds for you to observe and identify – especially in the case of the tropical feeder venue in Panama.

A great place to start for an introduction to the Panama bird feeders is a new video compilation of species that include toucans, hummingbirds, tanagers, and motmots that have visited the Canopy Lodge fruit feeders. This video was created from clips from the live cam and is provided on YouTube at Panama Fruit Feeder All Species Compilation – Oct. 28, 2021 - YouTube although you may actually be overwhelmed by the remarkable diversity of birds recorded – in a good way. At the same time, the live cam feed is a bit more serene, and you never know what birds will visit next; access it at Panama Fruit Feeders | Cornell Lab Bird Cams Cornell Lab Bird Cams (

Closer to home, the Ontario feeder cam can provide views of birds that probably don’t swing by your feeders, like Pine Grosbeaks, Canada Jays, a flock of Evening Grosbeaks, and other regional winter birds as you watch the snow fall, all at Ontario FeederWatch Cam | Cornell Lab Bird Cams Cornell Lab Bird Cams (

Also, the infamous feeding station at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides a look at classic eastern feeder birds, plus an occasional Ruffed Grouse or Pileated Woodpecker. Take a look at Cornell FeederWatch Cam | Cornell Lab Bird Cams Cornell Lab Bird Cams (

On each of the feeder links provided above, there are accompanying YouTube videos of recent highlights you probably missed. These videos come in handy when you visit the site at night or during another low activity period – and they are fun to keep up with throughout the year.

Enjoy the birds at your feeders this winter, but you will also enjoy checking in periodically to see what’s up at these interesting feeding stations in New York, northern Ontario, and Panama.