There’s plenty to peruse on streaming sites, as we’ve discovered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon’s Fire Stick and other web-reliant devices find whole networks of free and premium content with names such as Sling, Hulu, Paramount, IMDB, Pluto, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and, of course, Netflix. It’s kind of exhausting.

But for a look at live, real-time scenes in Connecticut, you can call up the images from an increasing number of live webcams. The state’s traffic cameras show a noticeably lighter volume of vehicles on the roads. A midday survey of the cameras Tuesday looked more like 6 a.m. than afternoon. So that’s pretty dull right now.

A selection of Nest home doorbell cams might be intriguing during these days of constant package deliveries and willing thieves but that’s not feasible. More fun is scanning the nature cams around the state, including the irresistible penguin live stream from Mystic Aquarium. There are two views of the outdoor penguin swim area, and there are three beluga whale cams.

From Madison, the Hammonasset osprey vamera of the Menunkatuck Audubon Society and its Yellow-Crowned Night Heron cam were empty the other day but shaking dramatically in the wind. The Falkner Island seal cam was devoid of seals but there were grounded birds and busy waves due to an impending storm.

Menunkatuck’s West River Memorial Park osprey camera in New Haven featured a large osprey there, swiveling his head to look around like a nervous tourist in an escape room.

Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport has a quartet of cams you can check on — the outdoor and indoor red panda cam (marvelous animals with fluffy, striped tales and white faces; and the outdoor and indoor spider money cams.

The webcam links online can be hit-or-miss as far as them working at all or working smoothly. We saw one for the Westbrook shore that was actually a scene from Maine.

For weather views, there’s the Ridgefield Academy in Wilton or the Quinnipiac University York Hill Campus cam in Hamden.

Connecticut Media Group