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.