I've just discovered the instant stress buster: watching — via a Webcam feed to my desktop
— a nest of three helpless, fuzzy baby birds snuggle together and wait eagerly for their mom to bring them a morsel.
The folks over at the Duke University Office of News and Communications actually set the Web stream up after discovering the nest on the ledge of a window of their Chapel Drive office.
They've linked the feed to Duke Today
, one of the university's internal news sites.
At approximately 11:33 a.m., my colleagues heard me squeal with delight as the momma bird arrived with an earthworm, and the babies stretched up to meet her, beaks gaping.
Check it out soon - it appears the birds will be ready to leave the nest in just a couple of days.