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August 29, 2014

Dad Returns for Quick Visit

The male adult returns to the nest box at 6:07AM and only sticks around for 4 minutes. Perhaps he is just checking on the status of the box- occupied/ unoccupied? 

August 29, 2014

Cornell Hawks' Family DNA Study

Last year the Cornell Hawks community was saddened to hear about the loss of two juvenile Red-tailed Hawks on Cornell campus. One was found dead; the other was euthanized because of the severity of its injuries. Many Bird Cams viewers feared they were D1 and D3, Big Red and Ezra's oldest and youngest offspring. A small group of dedicated individuals embarked on a project to study the hawks' DNA to determine the birds' identities. A sample of E3's DNA gathered this year completed the puzzle, and the results may surprise you. Click 'More...' for further information. 

August 28, 2014

Dad and Second Oldest Juvenile Return

The male parent returns in the evening of August 27 to spend some time in the box tweeting, dancing, preening and listening to the noises outside. In the morning of August 28 the second oldest juvenile pops in for a quick scratch around the box. The young owls' first attempts to capture live prey is a great move towards independence. Before they started to make their first hunting attempts (which they may be doing now) they would have been sitting around relying entirely on the adults to bring them food, even after leaving the confines of the nest box. As we are hearing the young occasionally through the night and one returns to the box, it appears the owls are staying within the vicinity of the nest site. They may be making short flights and roosting elsewhere but are still considering the nest box as a base which they associate with food. In September they are likely to start wandering further and may chase after their parents, possibly for food. As their confidence grows they will move further and by October will likely lose the association with the nest.  

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