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Red-tailed Hawks

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Cornell Lab

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May 04, 2015

First Hawk Nestling of 2015

The first egg hatched early this morning at the Cornell Red-tailed Hawk nest, and morning light allowed us a few beautiful glimpses of the nestling as Big Red (the female) leaves and Ezra (the male) takes over the next shift. 

May 04, 2015

First Nestling of 2015! (Video Highlight)

The first egg hatched early this morning at the Cornell Red-tailed Hawk nest, and morning light allowed us a few beautiful glimpses of the nestling as Big Red (the female) leaves and Ezra (the male) takes over the next shift. 

May 03, 2015

First Hatch Nears For Cornell Hawks

In this highlight, Ezra stands to reveal the eggs beneath him, with one large pip displaying the moving bill of the hatchling within. 

May 04, 2015

First Nestling of 2015! (Video Highlight)

The first egg hatched early this morning at the Cornell Red-tailed Hawk nest, and morning light allowed us a few beautiful glimpses of the nestling as Big Red (the female) leaves and Ezra (the male) takes over the next shift. 

May 03, 2015

First Hatch Nears For Cornell Hawks

In this highlight, Ezra stands to reveal the eggs beneath him, with one large pip displaying the moving bill of the hatchling within. 

May 02, 2015

First Pip (Video Highlight)

The first pip was sighted on one of the eggs today, and hatch should happen in the next 24-72 hours.  

May 04

First Hawk Nestling of 2015

The first egg hatched early this morning at the Cornell Red-tailed Hawk nest, and morning light allowed us a few beautiful glimpses of the nestling as Big Red (the female) leaves and Ezra (the male) takes over the next shift. 

May 02

First Pip Sighted

The first pip was sighted on one of the eggs today, and hatch should happen in the next 24-72 hours.  

April 15

Cornell Hawks Chat Begins!

We're excited to share that the chat on the Cornell Hawks cam will go live TODAY Wednesday, April 15, at noon Eastern Time. This year we're using a new client called Chatroll, which offers increased stability and performance over our previous tools. You'll need a new login on our Chatroll server to participate in chat (see instructions in our Chat Guidelines under the cam), but as in past years, anyone can read chat without logging in. In order to access the chat, click the "Join Chat" button beneath the live stream and a resizable window should pop out. Chatroll is also accessible from mobile devices, so you can chat on your phone or tablet as well. Currently, chat hours are scheduled to be 6–9 A.M., 12–3 P.M., and 6–10 P.M., when moderators are available. We hope you enjoy sharing your observations and thoughts about the birds with our moderators and the rest of the community. We'll continue to post updates on the Bird Cams Facebook page and on Twitter at birdcams.  More...

Red-tailed Hawk

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Nest Placement

Red-tailed Hawks typically put their nests in the crowns of tall trees where they have a commanding view of the landscape. They may also nest on a cliff ledge or on artificial structures such as window ledges and billboard platforms.

Nest Description

Both members build the nest, or simply refurbish one of the nests they’ve used in previous years. Nests are tall piles of dry sticks up to 6.5 feet high and 3 feet across. The inner cup is lined with bark strips, fresh foliage, and dry vegetation. Construction takes 4-7 days.

Clutch Size

1-5 eggs

Incubation Period

28-35 days

Nestling Period

42-46 days

Egg Description

White or buffy, blotched or speckled with buff, brown, or purple.

Condition at Hatching

Tiny and helpless, unable to raise head, and weighing about 2 ounces.

Small Animals

Food

Mammals make up the bulk of most Red-tailed Hawk meals. Frequent victims include voles, mice, wood rats, rabbits, snowshoe hares, jackrabbits, and ground squirrels. The hawks also eat birds, including pheasants, bobwhite, starlings, and blackbirds; as well as snakes and carrion. Individual prey items can weigh anywhere from less than an ounce to more than 5 pounds.

Typical Voice

Adults make a hoarse, screaming kee-eeeee-arr. It lasts 2-3 seconds and is usually given while soaring. During courtship, they also make a shrill chwirk, sometimes giving several of these calls in a row.more sounds

See full Species Info at All About Birds

About the Nest

A Red-tailed Hawk pair has been nesting above Cornell University’s athletic fields for at least the past four years. In 2012, 2013 and again in 2014, we installed cameras to get a better look at these majestic birds as they raise their young amid the bustle of a busy campus. So far, we’ve seen the birds bringing prey such as voles, squirrels, and pigeons to the nest.

Big Red and Her Mate

BigRed-ThreeEggs-600x350The female, nicknamed “Big Red” in honor of her alma mater, is slightly larger, with a darker head, nape and throat, and is banded on her right leg. From banding records we know she was banded in nearby Brooktondale, New York, during her first autumn in 2003, making her nearly eleven years old.

 

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The male, named Ezra after the co-founder of Cornell University, is banded on his left leg. He’s a bit smaller and has golden-tawny feathers on his face and head, and a paler neck than the female. He is at least nine years old and was first banded in 2006 as an adult bird on Judd Falls Road near the Cornell campus.