Red-tailed Hawk Story: Resilient Triumph and Joy

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Resilient Triumph and Joy

This blog has always existed to serve two purposes in terms of the Cornell Red-tailed Hawks. The first is to function as an archival resource (see links on the right-hand side.) The second is to celebrate the lives of these hawks and all that we learn as humble observers. When all goes well, this is […]

An Unwelcome Interruption

An Unwelcome Interruption

Dear Readers: You may have noticed that there was no Red-tailed Hawk Story post last weekend. My deepest apologies – and even more so because there will be no post this weekend either. The truth is that most of you probably know more about what has been happening at the nest the last two weeks […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Growing and Beautiful

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Growing and Beautiful

The adorable Gs are presenting us every day with new developments in mobility, awareness, feathers, feet, tails – everything! And how much do these nestlings EAT?! A starling that lasted a whole day when they were first hatched lasts a few minutes now. Ezra has not spent much time at the nest as BR prefers […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Pinfeathers and Clown Feet

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Pinfeathers and Clown Feet

I wasn’t able to check in on the cam much this week but this is the time for “pinfeathers and clown feet.” The Gs are getting more and more curious about the world around them. They have grown far past the point where Ez is able to brood them; they don’t fit under BR either […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: A Strange and Unique Week

Red-tailed Hawk Story: A Strange and Unique Week

My previous post referenced some behaviors from BR and Ez that we have not seen before. This continued into this week. Who knows what it “means” – but these behaviors are definitely interesting to observe nevertheless. This week’s post will again be an abbreviated post due to personal time limitations. I apologize, but I will […]

Red-Tailed Hawk Story: A Trio of Adorable Gs

Red-Tailed Hawk Story: A Trio of Adorable Gs

At last, all 3 Gs are here! They hatched between 4/20 and 4/23 and are all happy and healthy nestlings. HATCH CERTIFICATES BY GHENT ART G1 HATCHING CLICK HERE FOR HATCH VIDEO (dennisehelaine) On 4/19, a “star crack” appeared in one of the eggs. By 1:50 PM on 4/20, we observed G1’s beak moving in […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Almost There

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Almost There

This will be an abbreviated post. The week was very quiet but great excitement is building for the anticipated hatchings. We’ll be back later this week with a review, scaps, and video from the Cornell Hawks community! Guess the date/time of the 1st Hatch to win a Cornell Lab stadium blanket! Details here: https://t.co/QUvnb2GupL pic.twitter.com/xpBbKcV63Q […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story:  Through the Snowstorms

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Through the Snowstorms

This week brought the inevitable winter weather – almost like an annual incubation ritual. It was snowy at various times throughout the week, with the largest accumulation being on Monday, April 4. Fortunately, BR and Ez “only” had to deal with a snowstorm, and not an icestorm like in 2014. Flashback to icestorm on March […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: 2016, Week 2

Red-tailed Hawk Story: 2016, Week 2

On March 31, Ez delivered the first snakes of the season to the nest. Other than that,  it was generally “business as usual.” Keysfishin summed it up as follows in a tweet: 08:00. 3/31 Hatch Watch Summary: EZ come, BR go, hope to see a quick egg roll. BR come, EZ not go so EZily, […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: 2016, Week 1

Red-tailed Hawk Story: 2016, Week 1

Week 1 of Big Red and Ezra incubating their 3 eggs went very smoothly. As Laura Culley said, “They’re just like an old married couple – oh yeah, they ARE an old married couple!” We have become re-acquainted with familiar behaviors: incubation shifts, BRs continued bark “obsession”, Ez’s prey deliveries to BR, Ez’s affinity for […]

Red-Tailed Hawk Story: Welcome G1, G2, and G3!

Red-Tailed Hawk Story: Welcome G1, G2, and G3!

BR and Ez now have 3 beautiful eggs! It was clear that BR was ready to “get on with it” and her first egg was laid one day earlier than we know of from our records (that start in 2012). However, this week was not without some trepidation as viewers noted that on the night […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: And the Verdict Seems to be….WEILL!

Red-tailed Hawk Story: And the Verdict Seems to be….WEILL!

On March 2nd, the cam was switched over to the Weill Hall nest. With good reason, as this nest is much more built up than the Fernow nest and definitely seems to be BR’s choice for this season. It has been great to see BR and Ez more often as they get the nest ready […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Onward Toward Nesting Season!

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Onward Toward Nesting Season!

How we love to see Big Red and Ezra getting ready for nesting season! The pair have been working on both the Fernow and Weill nests – and of course, mating. Ez has also been bringing BR gifts of food. Their activities have been well documented both on the Cornell Hawks cam (with thanks to […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Keeping Us in Suspense

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Keeping Us in Suspense

Ahhhhh…the lovely sound of hawk talons on metal grating, and hawkaholics across the world rejoice. I’m not kidding! Nest building and courtship behaviors have commenced. The only problem is that Big Red and Ezra are keeping us in suspense. Will it be the Fernow (2012 and 2015) nest? Or the Weill (2013 and 2014) nest? […]

Eastern Towhees: What Characters!

Eastern Towhees: What Characters!

When birders say, “oh that is one of my favorite birds!,” it is often an odd statement. We have so many “favorite birds” as to make that statement ubiquitous. However, here goes – the Eastern Towhee is one of my favorite species of birds. To me, they seem elegant and comical at the same time. […]

Worth

Worth

let’s speak a truth worth its soul or a lie worth its cost like jagged shards let’s tear into my petty, vapid, shallow pride and rage

“Find Me”: Red-shouldered Hawks

“Find Me”: Red-shouldered Hawks

Yesterday I told God, “I don’t know who You are anymore. If You want me to stay in this, You’re going to have to find me.” Well, that doesn’t sound like the words of a seeker, does it? And predictably, years of church teaching rose up in rebellion. I also felt that I should not […]

Thanksgiving Weekend Birding at Bond Lake

Thanksgiving Weekend Birding at Bond Lake

Since getting a decent camera this summer, I’ve gone birding at a number of places in the Triangle area of North Carolina…certainly not ALL of them. So far I’ve been to Crabtree Lake, Umstead Park, Durant Nature Preserve, Bond Lake, and Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Perhaps one of the most well-known is UNC’s Mason Farm […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Catching Up With Big Red and Ezra

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Catching Up With Big Red and Ezra

Although being in BR and Ez’s nesting “off-season” gives me the opportunity to write more posts about other things, BR and Ez never really have an off-season. Our Birders On the Ground delight in catching up with them year-round. I love the relationship that the BOGs have developed with these hawks (and many other birds.) […]

In the House of Charn

In the House of Charn

Dark side of ambition’s child Won’t stand still and talk awhile Long gone, there’s no more being Ring the bell and start the bleeding This world forbids that we create Nothing done without the hate Lie to me; I’ll lie to you Echoes of what once seemed true Underneath the failing sun There is no […]