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Cornell's Hawks Return!

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

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April 01, 2015

Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?

Hoo-hoo-to-hoo-ooo, hoo-hoo-hoo-to-whooo-ooo! Watch and listen as Mom and Dad call to each other. Mom finally gets up and leaves the nest box and her two beautiful white eggs to join the male. Only the female incubates the eggs and broods the young. The male is responsible for hunting and bringing in prey for both the adult female and their young. Don't worry Mom returned at 10:47AM, she did not leave the eggs for long. 

March 31, 2015

Fledgling and Adult Return to Nest

In this clip we see one of the fledglings drop into the nest. The juvenile jumps and pounces on feathers. All good practice for hunting in the future. The Mother arrives later to consume and remove some remaining prey from the nest. Fledglings remain in close company for several weeks, thereafter they loose association. They often roost together in the same tree in the immediate vicinity. Adults generally roost away from the young, who react to the sight of the adults with begging calls and flights towards the adults. Fledged owls remain with parents throughout most of the summer and may be seen begging for food into October, four to five months after leaving the nest. The juveniles will start to capture insects over the summer and will move on to mammals and birds towards the fall. They may become independent of the adults by late fall, early winter. 

March 31, 2015

Big Red Lays Second Egg (video highlight)

Red-tailed Hawk Big Red lays her second egg of the season, F2, at 8:08AM March 31, 2015. 

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