Friday, May 16, 2008

Refreshing Still Image: Java

Ward thank you for figuring out the problem. I have looked into it further and this is what I found. The version of Java 6 is the problem, 5 is OK. You will need some version of Java for it to work. What I just did at work was within a windows environment, I went to my control panel, and then add remove programs. I have a number of versions of Java on the computer including 5 and 6. I removed 6 and it is working perfectly now.

Hopefully this will help you out.

You may have noticed the camera  angle has changed a little. In the next day or so I will quickly reach in and adjust the angle back up. 

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

5/16 12:42

Great little pix as I check in with that baby beak getting bigger already! Amazing how fast things move...Mom busy feeding that wide open beak. Had a hard time getting to sleep last nite & wondered if these little birds spend the night in relative quiet or does motherhood/fatherhood change the clock for them as it does for humans?

Thanks ever so much for the Java stuff everyone - that bit of direction from Wing may be all I need - after the refreshment of my weekend!

J in S.P.ME

Ward said...

Hello All

Glad things have worked out for the java program. Very strange, one of my computers will run the finch cam without Java, and the other one won't. Go Figure!!

J in SP: Have a great time on MDI. Wish we were going there too. Lived in SW Harbor for 8 years and sure do miss it. Living now in Northern NY, 1 1/2 hours away from the Adirondacks. Have a great weekend!

Ward
05-16-08

Carole in Buxton said...

Thanks for the info on Java. Is there something wrong with camera? No new images as of 2:01 pm. Really enjoying the images. Lots of activity.

Anonymous said...

5/16 4:25
Thanks Ward....I'll kiss a chunk of pink granite for you!

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

5/17 11:00am Eastern

Hello Wing, this cam is pretty cool! I've always wondered what goes on and how it gets done (behind the scenes) in the songbirds home!

These little guys are amazing too.
I notice some of the same behavior as the Eagles.

Right now I've got baby Sparrows just emerging from their houses. Very vocal! Parents bring them food, watch over them, and give them flight school.

I was curious as to what goes on in a Squirrels nest and found 'newyorkwild.org' they have some other cams as well but the three baby Red Squirrels are climbing the walls and probably driving mom nuts! I think they are a riot!

Everyones so busy in my backyard, Who needs TV? Thanks again!

Sue in MD

Anonymous said...

5/18 PM
I've noticed that my sparrows (that have taken over my beloved bluebird houses), are feeding their newly hatched babies on the early green moth catapillars. Maybe that's mother nature way of taking care of her ecology. I wish the bluebirds were more persistant, but if the sparrows take care of the little green catapillers, well, maybe that was the way it was meant to be.

cathy h in mass

Carol said...

I have removed java 6, but still do not have the icon to view the birds live. If you can help, it would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

5/20
Carol...I think removing Java 6 will give you the 15 second refresh. I don't believe live feed is available.

Ward said...

Hello All

Carol

There is no live feed on this camera yet. Wing is still working on that. We're all waiting patiently.

Love seeing the still pictures every morning.

Ward
5-20-08

Anonymous said...

The chicks are absolutely adorable and growing so fast. One is standing at the edge of the nest.

WOW

May 20, 200088 A M

Anonymous said...

5/20 2:40p.m.
Aren't these little finches magical? I just checked in on them and was greeted with 3 w i d e open beaks...so comical - it looked like a cartoon chorus of baby birds! I'm smiling out loud.

Wing - you must be able to hear them!

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

5/21 12:13p.m.
Lately it seems as tho mom is off the nest more than on...probably just the times I check in...but when I feel like sitting and hitting the refresh button for a bit, I see the chicks being left alone for good stretchs of time. Assuming the amount of food needed is much higher now than last week & perhaps she needs the time to forage near & far.

When I see those hungry beaks open I usually see 4 - 3 straining for attention and one off to the side looking very much like low man. I always feel so bad for him. Has anyone seen 5 beaks?

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

I do believe at times I have seen 5beaks. Mama Finch is a very busy bird. I have not seen Papa Finch around very much lately, but then, I don't stay glued to the web cam all of the time.
I think it's great having the web cam for these adorable little birds. In fact, I think we may be getting a more detailed view with the refresh of the still shots rather than a live web cam.

Anonymous said...

5/22 10:35
Yeah!! 5 little beaks for sure all poking out of the nest - which is looking pretty small! Hardly any room left for Mom in the nest but she seems to be spending her time away looking for food.

I agree the still frames allow us to see way more! I enjoy being able to study the patterns of color on their tiny wings, and (sorry) stareing down their beaks so wide open & hungry. It's a very different way to know them.

Are they due to fledge in a couple of weeks?

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

May 22 2:29 P.M.
Went into the eagle site after a long time away and discovered this site. In just 3 days how they have grown. Today lots of action, first dad and then mom. Wow, so adorable to watch. Great shots of mom. Thanks so much Wing for sharing this with us.
Karen in Denmark (Maine)

Anonymous said...

5/25 5:20a.m.
These little birds are growing & changing by leaps & bounds every day. I loved seeing them all lined up in the nest yesterday showing off their wing feathers...colors are wonderful. Caught up on a little reading in Sibley's Guide to Bird Life & Behaviour & found that once our finches fledge mom & dad will continue to feed them for 15 to 30 days. However it wasn't clear to me if they would continue to return to the nest for these feedings - I guess that makes the most sense doesn't it? The book also states that they rarely re-use their nest...it's pretty fouled and maybe that's the reason why; mom & dad clean up as much as possible in the first days after hatching but it soon becomes too big a job, so they leave it. Go back to Wing's earlier photos of the brand new nest and look at the difference! A woman's work is never done...and men - you're pretty darn busy yourselves! The females do the nest building altho the males make feeble attempts to help by carrying a stick or two to a potential nest sight. I just have to share this quote regarding Finch behavior with you - it made me smile...."Despite this initial enthusiasm by the male, the female selects the nest site and constructs the nest. While she gathers nesting material, the male typically accompanies her closely & may perch & sing while she builds." Sibleys relates that the male finch will protect his mate & a tiny bit of territory...but the mate protection is paramount. We're used to seeing raptors protect a territory.

Ward: MDI was great as always, did a little hiking on Beech Cliffs w/ lovely views toward SW harbor....I'm considering sharing an encounter with an eagle we had there but I'll do it on the eagle blog.

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

Sun. May 25 6:20 p.m. EDT
Did one nestling fly the coop or fall out? Just tuned in few min. ago and beaks opened, mother flew in, lots of blurred action, could see outstretched wing, than still clear shots and only 4 that I can see. Doesn't look like more than 4 can fit now. Thought I saw 5 earlier.
Karen in Denmark

Anonymous said...

5/26 10:05a.m

Just saw 5 in the stills Karen - no one has fallen out yet, but you're right, it is looking pretty crowded! Those little crown (?) feathers are looking very itchy to me! Right now tho, they remind me of little May crowns on their heads - I need more to do...I'd better get back to work.

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

Thanks J for telling me there is five, just tuned in and was happy to see five. Wow are they growing!
Karen in Denmark May 27 9:30 EST

Anonymous said...

I just went back to read the blog, really enjoyed it J. I love MDI, we did the park Earth Cache program last year on our 44th. anniversary.
Karen in Denmark

Anonymous said...

Sorry to blog again. But J, just thought, I have seen Robins feeding the fledglings on the ground, they call and chirp to each other, fun to watch. Wow that shot of three of them looking way over the nest. I wonder if they will leave soon. I too have to get to work. I am checking in on several sites but housework does have to get done!!
Karen in Denmark

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a change in just a few days. I have been away and just tuned in again. Can't believe all 5 are crowded into that nest. They are really looking wonderful. Mom must be going crazy trying to feed these little ones.

Michele said...

The little ones are very active today. I wonder if they are getting ready to hop out into the sunshine soon. It looks like two might have already left the nest. I love their "messy bangs look". So cute.

Anonymous said...

5/28 3:15 p.m.

Watching these guys for the last 10 min. or so and it's so much fun to do a running dialogue as the picture changes, I'm amusing myself greatly!
So 1st they all have open mouths facing either 5 o'clock or 8 o'clock (those must be the openings for mom & dad - food - to come in)! Next pix is dad I think (color was bright)with food, some get fed , some mouths are still open. Next pix is the food source gone and all 5 facing 5 o'clock and I swear one of them is pouting! Honestly, I am laughing out loud and no one's home but me & the cats.

Wing...what is the whiskery stuff coming off their crowns? Is it pin feather, will it turn to feather or drop off? Ewwwww I want to scratch it!!! How many days til we see the first flight? By this weekend???? What does everyone think?

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

I am really going to miss waking up and checking on these babies every morning. They are so perfect and so cute.
They should be leaving any day, right?
We've been so lucky to be able to "spy" on them. Thanks Wing!!

Anonymous said...

I think they're going to leave any minute!!

Anonymous said...

5/30 5:10
Ward: Sorry, no eagle story for you; last Monday morning I blogged the story of my eagle encounter on MDI for you (and others) but BRI choose not to put it on the blog...sorry...I thought it would be acceptable.

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

5/30 8:00am
Yikes the cam seems to be off!! Where are those magical finches to help me start the day with a smile?

Wing, my husband wonders if when the babies fledge, you'll get a new tank of propane so the next group will have a clean nest or if you'll clean out the old nest for a new one to be built. I wonder if they still change out the whole propane tank like they 'used' to...I don't think I see those trucks filled w/little propane tanks around anymore.

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

5/30 10:50am
Some great reading about house finches on birdsbybent.com if anyone is interested. Filoplumes are the wispy hairs on their crowns, left over natal down which will stay til they fledge & helps ID them as the youthful babes they are.
Also great explanations on the coloring difference & changes the male can undergo.
The house finch was not introduced to the east coast til 1940...the story is in the reading. Enjoy

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

cam is not working...can`t see any picture

Anonymous said...

5/31 7:50a.m.

Morning Wing...hey, are those little birds fledging?? They sure look like they can't get close enough to the edge - I'm betting they'll be asking for the keys to the car REAL soon!!

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

5/31 5:30pm
Wing, there seem to be only 4 babies in the nest all afternoon....have you noticed any fledging action...no one's on the ground are they? Maybe its just so crowded I'm missing one but as I watched this afternoon the 4 I see have all eyes on the 8 o'clock position of the tank...like they're following the trail of 'the one that left'! If one did leave I assume it'll return to continue to be fed for awhile. Any blog on your part would be great.

J in S.P.ME

lyn in gorham said...

Sat, 5-31-08, 5:35 pm

Did some of the finches fall out or fledge? It looks like there's more space, and I expected to see them huddled together in the cold and rain. Plus the camera might have moved.

Anonymous said...

6/1 7:00am

Well it does look like the babies have been out and about! My first check this morning shows only 2!! in the nest and they didn't look like they'd be there long!

What's it look like on your end Wing?
Thanks so much for this special little cam - you know - it's some of your best work! It was quick, beautiful, had humor and excitment, the camera angle was perfect and I learned new things, all making for happy viewers. I appreciate you opening up your personal space for us...thanks Wing

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

6/1 9:50am
Well, I've been watching the lone nestling for almost an hour now and he's just not ready to leave yet! I'd love to know what's going thru his tiny head right now with the whole place to himself.

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

6/1 At 10:17 I looked and all are fledged...happy trails!

And I'd say from the looks of things that they won't be getting any deposit back!

Thanks Wing

J in S.P.ME

Ward said...

11:24 a.m....and then there were none!

Looks like they have all fledged this morning. Very cool. Thanks for a look into the lives of these little creatures.

Ward
06-01-08

Anonymous said...

6/1 11:30 they're gone & then one is back and then gone again - life is good now! Wing, do you sense a busy-ness in the yard as five new birds find their way around?

J in S.P.ME

lyn in gorham said...

Sun, 6-1-08, 11:25 am

Empty nest.

Anonymous said...

June 2
Checked in early yesterday morning before leaving for the day. Saw the 2 in the nest, got home late, empty nest. It was great to be able to watch this. Thanks so much!
Karen in Denmark

Anonymous said...

6/2 4:10p.m.

A few days ago I had shared some info that I'd read saying the parents would continue to feed for 15-30 days after fledging - but it wasn't clear where they'd be fed. Looks now like it IS clear that they are not being fed at the nest; I wonder if they have a rally point nearby where they get fed or if everyone is on the wing together and they're making it up as they fly along?

As I walked my neighborhood this afternoon, I realized why these crazy little finches were so much fun...they're 'regular joes'. Little birds like this are our neighbors; we probably walk by lots of hidden nests and never are aware - but having been able to see the secrets of the nest makes one smile a little warmer when we see them flitting by. They also are been hurt by our chemical world, so we need to be watchful of our behaviors to keep their environment healthy.

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

I've seen mom at the nest several times... Do you suppose she's trying to "hide" from the kids?
As a mother I could relate to that!
Looks like she ran to the bathroom for a few minutes to herself.
Thanks Wing. It gave us all something less stressful to watch than the loon nest with intruders, and the eagle nest with hammering and bad weather. It's a highlight of my summer.......

Anonymous said...

6/3 8:55 am
Well check this out...as I ran thru my cams this a.m. I was happily surprised to see a finch on the nest! So I went to the photo link Wing gave us a while back and it was in the nest with its wings spread way out...hmmmmmm...then 12 seconds later it was gone. But wait a minute - doesn't the nest look different? Oh yeah it does! It looks like it's being remade, it's higher, new material around the edges too. Soooooo chapter two?

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

9:07 Sitting for a bit to watch and sure enough I see her bringing in new grasses and weaving it in. Your guests haven't left yet Wing!

J in S.P.ME

Anonymous said...

6/3
Wing, I am curious. Did you take out the old nest after they fledged? I thought that's what you need to do with the birdhouses to prepare them for a second brood. Something to do with parasites? Just wondering.

cathy h in mass

Annalise said...

People should read this.