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ITBirdwatch 2018

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UPDATE: The baby owl hatched on March 25, 2018. We aren’t sure how much it weighs or how long it is. The mother and father are doing well. Our ITBirth announcement post has more details.

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Welcome to ITBirdwatch 2018, the exclusive source of the baby owl livestream. (Scroll down for highlights, added weekly.) In March, some good friends of mine told me about the huge following of their live birdwatching camera. Apparently, Nextdoor is obsessed with this family of Raleigh owls that can be watched online 24/7. I know nothing about owls, yet I am already addicted to this. I feel like Ed Harris in The Truman Show.


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Previously, on ITBirdwatch

We’ll keep this section updated with highlights that you may have missed.

4.24.18 – Highlights from April.

4.6.18 – 7:21 PM – Baby Owl surprised by Mom.

4.2.18 – 8:30 PM – Baby Owl eats its first snake. They grow up so fast.


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3.25.18 – 8:15 PM – Our first look at the baby owl

Highlights from February and March 2018 

Caution: it’s a bird eat bird world. And also frogs and mice.

2.2.18 – 10:14 PM – Owls talking

Why are you doing this?

I decided to capitalize on the owl camera craze by expanding the media empire to cover ITBirdwatching. I’m expecting people to start having owl watch parties as they fall in love with the baby owl.


We’ll have baby owl naming contests (corporate sponsors should contact me for naming rights), a baby owl Insta account, baby owl merch, the possibilities are endless. This should also keep ITBlake the intern’s ego in check. He was getting a little too famous, so hopefully the popularity of these owls will make him realize his place in the pecking order.

About the Owls

According to my friend’s children, the female owl’s name is “Scoop Ups” and the male owl’s name is “Drop Offs.” I’m not sure if this has anything to do with owl carpool pickup, but we’ll go with it. If you like birds, consider supporting the American Wildlife Refuge or Audubon NC with a donation.


Here’s a heartwarming recap of last year’s owls to get you emotionally attached to this live stream:



Trouble ITBirdwatching?

While it is 2018, and Elon Musk just sent a car to Mars or something, the camera will have technical difficulties from time to time. The camera can lose connectivity when:

  1. My friend is mowing his grass. He has to move the extension cords so he doesn’t mow over them.
  2. It rains really hard.
  3. My friend’s kids unplug the camera while he’s at work. We’re looking in to having ITBlake the intern babysit the kids to prevent this from happening.



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ITBirdwatch: THE BABY OWL HAS ARRIVED

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At some time during the day on March 25, 2018, Baby Owl came into the world. We aren’t sure how much it weighs, how many inches it is (3 or 4 maybe?), or if it’s a boy or girl, but we could not be more proud. The mother, Scoop Ups, and father, Drop Offs, are doing well.

The announcement was made on Instagram and we’re looking into putting a birth announcement in the newspaper. Feel free to comment with your suggestions on a name for Baby Owl (businesses can email wnfiv@itbinsider.com for sponsorship opportunities). Baby Owl Stacy Miller IV has a nice ring to it, but we’re open to suggestions.

Before we show you the first look at Baby Owl, let’s recap the last 12 days.


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March 13th – ITB Insider acquires exclusive broadcast rights to the owl livestream. Terms of the deal are not public, but it involved pallets of LaCroix and ITBitcoin.

March 14th – ITBirdwatch 2018 debuts on ITB Insider, along with this highlight video from 2017 that we made to get viewers emotionally invested in the 2018 livestream.



March 15th – ITBirdwatch passes 2,000 pageviews. My friend and I start to get concerned that the owl has not hatched.


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March 22nd – I make ITBlake the intern watch the livestream so I can get some work done.

March 25th – Baby Owl is born. All is right in the world.

As I said in our debut ITBirdwatch post, a live feed of a baby owl is internet gold. We’ve already passed 6,000 pageviews for the livestream in less than two weeks. Those numbers are going to skyrocket now that there’s a little baby owl to watch.


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I’ve received messages from multiple people asking where the owls are located (we can’t disclose that for safety reasons) and if we’ll be posting highlight clips of feedings and the owls doing stuff. To keep people from rioting, we are now posting those clips on the ITBirdwatch page.





If you like birds, consider supporting the American Wildlife Refuge or Audubon NC with a donation.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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