Golden-collared Manakin

Red-tailed Hawks

Location: Ithaca, NY

Camera Host: Cornell Lab

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April 15, 2015

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...

April 14, 2015

Ezra Delivers First Garter Snake of the Season

Male Red-tailed Hawk Ezra relieves his mate of egg incubating duties and flies in with a Garter snake. With rising temperatures in the Ithaca, NY area, snakes are starting to become active again after the long winter. Big Red retrieves the snake 25 minutes later. 

April 10, 2015

Ezra Spends Two Days Off Nest

We had not seen devoted parent Ezra away from the nest for too long before, however for two days he was absent from the nest and Big Red took the important role of incubating the eggs. Around 2PM April 10 two birders on the ground reported seeing Ezra nearby with a grey squirrel. In this clip from cam viewer Elly K we see Big Red vocalizing, most likely communicating with her mate, she then leaves to retrieve the squirrel. Ezra returns to the nest with a bloody leg and beak from his recent kill and settles in to take his turn at incubating, however he didn't stay for long as Big Red returned with some new bark and Ezra departed once more. 

April 14, 2015

Ezra Delivers First Garter Snake of the Season

Male Red-tailed Hawk Ezra relieves his mate of egg incubating duties and flies in with a Garter snake. With rising temperatures in the Ithaca, NY area, snakes are starting to become active again after the long winter. Big Red retrieves the snake 25 minutes later. 

April 10, 2015

Ezra Spends Two Days Off Nest

We had not seen devoted parent Ezra away from the nest for too long before, however for two days he was absent from the nest and Big Red took the important role of incubating the eggs. Around 2PM April 10 two birders on the ground reported seeing Ezra nearby with a grey squirrel. In this clip from cam viewer Elly K we see Big Red vocalizing, most likely communicating with her mate, she then leaves to retrieve the squirrel. Ezra returns to the nest with a bloody leg and beak from his recent kill and settles in to take his turn at incubating, however he didn't stay for long as Big Red returned with some new bark and Ezra departed once more. 

April 03, 2015

Third Egg Laid (video highlight by viewer)

Big Red laid her third egg at 4:06AM ET. For at least the last 3 years we have seen 3 eggs each season, so the hawks may stop here for this year's clutch. See the FAQs above for more information. Thanks to ncaerie for the great video. 

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...

April 03

Third Egg Laid

Big Red laid her third egg at 4:06AM ET. 

March 31

Big Red Lays Second Egg

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

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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.

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