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Wildlife Cams

Nature Area Wildlife Cams

Deep water pond camera         This PTZ camera over looks the deep water pond

Black Phoebe nest camera      This stationary camera views the Black Phoebe nest  that was built under the over hang of the one of the server sheds

Hawk tower camera                    This PTZ camera views one of the favorite hawk perching locations on the south side of the Nature Area. login password  PCs will require an Active X applet. Macs need no additional software.Follow your screen instructions. The camera was made by Vivotek located in Sunnyvale California.

Bluebird internal nest camera This camera views the inside of a Bluebird box. We used an IR LED camera for nocturnal observation.

Fresh water marsh camera      This PTZ camera over looks the shallow fresh water marsh on the east side of the nature Area.

Western Bluebirds


The Bluebirds populated the Peterson Nature Area shortly after various species of woodpeckers created the first nesting cavities in the first dead standing trees.  While broadcasting the comings and goings of the adult Bluebirds from the outside of the cavities, we could NEVER see what was happening on the inside of the nesting cavity. That all changed this last spring when several engineering students developed a camera method that tied into the Nature Area’s local area network. Using a 14-year-old Macintosh computer and a very small LED camera, the students of the Santa Clara Unified School District can now monitor the events from inside a nesting box. Due to the cooler than normal temperatures, the Bluebirds are just now finishing their nest construction. 

You may monitor the inside of the Bluebird nest.  As of 5 June, there are still no eggs in the nest. The birds do come into the nest to drop off nest material. We will keep the camera operational until the end of July.

By Bryan Osborne

Black Phoebes


The Black Phoebes have resided in the Peterson Nature Area for the past 26 years and with the aid of modern technology we have been able to broadcast the nesting events for the past eight years. The camera we are using is NOT a LED equipped cam. You will not be able to see the nocturnal nest activity.

Watch the four baby Black Phoebes compete for the parents attention when food is brought to the nest.

(Just Added 7 June)  I am sorry to report that all four young baby Black Phoebes were found dead. Chances are one of the adults was eaten by a Sharp Shinned Hawk. There has been a Sharp Shinned Hawk hunting in the facility. Their primary food is other birds. A visiting elementary class saw a Sharp Shinned Hawk pick off a Black Phoebe in mid air. We will keep the camera on to see if the nest is used again.

By Bryan Osborne