Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 7
Big Red and Ezra’s three little F nestlings are thriving. Viewers thoroughly enjoy all their antics and as usual have shared many excellent captures (as you can see below.) Several times recently, BR has gone on high alert to defend her nest from an unknown threat, as can seen in this video. All is well. We have had Fs escaping the nest bowl and returning. All is well. Just this afternoon, one of the Fs briefly had a small flexible stick temporarily lodged in the side of his or her mouth. It was taken care of during a feeding (when BR was blocking the view, of course.) Every day is an adventure. All is well!
The nestlings have been developing gray thermal down, which will enable them to thermoregulate and to not have to be brooded constantly by a parent. However, we all know from prior years that Big Red will go to great lengths to brood them as much and for as long as possible…long after they stop fitting under her!
Video from 2013, well into the 3rd week after hatching:
REMINDERS AND “NEW THIS WEEK”
- Don’t forget to check out the live tours from BOG streaming video channels (links here). You will have the opportunity not only to see off-nest views of Big Red and Ezra but also great footage of ospreys, the Cliff Hawks nest, Sapsucker Woods,
- Cam 2 is up and running – thank you, Cornell Bird Cams! Besides the alternate view, if the main cam is not currently focused on the nest, no worries…you can always keep an eye on the nest.
- Yes, we do have a video archive this year! It’s here. You can access all the videos we have done this year, plus links to previous archives and videographer channels. Today’s most popular video was unfortunately at BR’s expense in this footage of a rare, inelegant entrance! 😉 “BR has a branch issue….Oops!”
BOG PHOTO GALLERY
Many thanks once again to trtldove for sharing her wonderful pictures with us!
Video (elly) “A New Bark Blanket”: http://youtu.be/jV8IizQOQ-s
Video (Cornell Bird Cams) “Both Ezra and Big Red Feed Nestlings Together”:
Video (elly) – similar event from 5/10 – “F1 Escapes the Nest Bowl (and returns!)”: http://youtu.be/BKn8F9WdKvg
=> Flashback to 2012 <=
This is what Ez looks like when he is trying to brood nestlings who are too big for him.
And just because with kids, it’s always something…