‘Tis the season

red-tailed hawk

It’s spring, and that means nest cam season! So how about…a Red-tailed Hawk nest?

A Red-tailed Hawk pair has been nesting on a light pole nearly 80 feet above Cornell University’s athletic fields on Tower Road for at least the past four years. In 2012, we installed a camera to get a better look at these majestic birds as they raise their young amid the bustle of a busy campus (see the behind-the-scenes video). So far, we’ve seen the birds bringing prey such as voles, squirrels, and pigeons to the nest.

The cam moderators offer running commentary, which I’m finding rather amusing:

“Ezra arrives with a (former) squirrel.”

“Big Red stops feeding, works on getting into brood position. A challenge, but she finesses it. An escaper pops out but is re-tucked.”

Somebody in Ithaca, NY has a sense of humor. That, plus the gorgeous footage from this camera, makes this a nest cam to keep an eye on. Go find it at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to ‘Tis the season

  1. Power Wench says:

    Fun! Just checked the live feed, and from the number of carcasses littered about the nest it looks like this pair are very successful hunters. Of course the chicks are small yet – pretty soon there won’t be such an excess of food.

  2. Similar. Peregrine Falcon nest. The mother comes into Hamilton, Ontario from Pennsylvania every season. First baby of season just hatched. http://t.co/urjY6ks6. When I had my bike, I’d find mother flying out 40+ km away. Gorgeous.

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