March 16, 2018
First Egg Laid On Cornell Hawks Cam!!!
Viewers of the Red-tailed Hawk cam got a welcome surprise this afternoon as Big Red settled into the nest just after noon. For the next 30 minutes or so she seemed agitated, changing positions and rearranging herself within the nest. Then, just after 1:00 P.M. nest time, she stood and revealed a pale white egg! This is Big Red’s first egg with her new mate Arthur, the hawk she has been spending time with since last April. The last couple months had seen an intensification of nest building and courting, but no one could be sure that the two would breed at this site—until today! In past breeding seasons, Big Red has laid an egg every 2.5 to 3 days, so we would expect her next egg to come sometime Sunday night or Monday if she sticks to the same schedule. However, just because an egg is laid does not mean that it's fertile. This is just the first step in a season of discovery. We won’t know if any eggs laid are fertile until they begin to hatch, likely around April 20. We’re looking forward to watching and learning with you this spring!