by William Needham Finley IV™

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.


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.


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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