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Blackbird Cam Comes to an Abrupt End

Bird lovers tuning into a popular live feed of a blackbird nest were witness to some of the starker realities of nature on Sunday when a raven was caught overturning the nest, sending its eggs tumbling to the ground. RÚV reports that the episode was broadcast around noon on Sunday, leading many concerned viewers to call the station.

The blackbird cam, which was overseen by the RÚV program Landinn and film director and bird lover Magnús Magnússon, went live on Tuesday last week. Viewers were immediately delighted watching the blackbird tend its eggs, which were expected to hatch in the coming days.

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Originally, there were three eggs in the nest, but one of these appeared to be rotten and was removed from the nest by the blackbird on Sunday morning. The other two appeared to be viable and were being diligently brooded by the blackbird.

Everything was going swimmingly until around noon on Sunday, when the blackbird left the nest. Shortly after, there was a rustling in the surrounding branches and a hungry raven, not the blackbird, appeared. Spotting the nest, it quickly and unceremoniously overturned it, sending the eggs plunging to the ground. (See video clip here.)

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Disturbing as the event may have been for some viewers, it’s worth noting that Icelanders have a long-standing love of bird cams and ravens are often the stars of their own live feeds. For instance, ravens have nested in the eaves of the Byko home improvement store in Selfoss, South Iceland, for years, prompting the owners to install a live cam there as well.

The Byko ravens have built their nests, nurtured their chicks, and taught them to fly, and have drawn viewers from all over Iceland, as well as a group of particularly avid raven enthusiasts in Germany.

‘Such is nature’

Jæja, good people,” remarked the filmmaker, Magnús, on the live stream just minutes after the event. “This didn’t go as planned. I’d hoped we’d have a couple of chicks after this weekend.”

“This is naturally a great shock and a sad event, but such is nature, so it maybe it needn’t come as a surprise – it’s something we were prepared for,” remarked Gíslí Einarsson, the editor of Landinn. “We hoped, of course, that Icelanders would get to watch the chicks growing and thriving.”

“We are bowed, but not broken,” he continued, explaining that the program would be determining whether to start live streaming the progress of another nest or just call the whole endeavor off for now. “It wasn’t our intention to prompt sorrow, rather the broadcast was intended to elicit happiness and optimism.”

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