Spoonbilled SandpiperSponsored Ad

Cornell's Hawks Return!





Big Red and Ezra are back for a 4th season. When will they lay their first egg?

Watch Now

Latest News

March 27, 2015

Could we see eggs soon?

Last year the female laid her first egg in the nest April 8 and we should see eggs around the same time this year. Courtship between the owls usually goes on for around a month before fertilization and it is thought that food availability and climate determine when the breeding season starts. The owls have been mating for a few weeks, however not every mating attempt will result in fertilized eggs and we are therefore unable to tell when the female will be developing fertile eggs until they are laid. Egg laying occurs around 14 days after fertilization. 

March 27, 2015

CornellHawks Chat

Chat will open in the next couple weeks, and we're excited to share that this year we will be using a new popout chat tool called Chatroll to increase stability and chat performance. We're also introducing new chat hours (8 hours a day, 7 days a week: 6-9AM, 12-3PM and 6-8PM ET). If you have a Twitter account you can also ask questions during chat closures by tweeting @cornellhawks. Looking forward to another season!  

March 25, 2015

Both Great Horned Owlets Branch at the Same Time (video highlight)

We have been waiting to see when both owlets would branch at the same time and at 6:34:09AM ET we saw just that. One owlet climbs up a branch and the other follows. The winner of the guess the branching contest will be announced soon. 

Merlin Bird ID app
Drink Birds & Beans coffee. Save our birds.