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 30, 2014 | “Ice Storm Makes A Momsicle Out Of Big Red” | video by ncaerie
Ice or not, seeing BR covered with snow is never easy to watch. As much as we admire her fortitude and know that we have seen this before, we’d rather not see this happen!
0404 “Snowy Morning on Cornell Hawks Nest” | Video by Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The snow melted…albeit with some icy stuff sliding on Ezra…
— Jacquie Laughlin (@Gmomof10) April 5, 2016
There were also other matters to attend to this week. Click here to see Karel and BOGette’s video from 4/3 of Ezra’s territorial defense.
You can also observe in the High Alerts video that during exchanges BR has been stepping on and at times almost standing on Ezra in addition to her usual pushing Ez out of the nest. When she wants her nest time, she does not want Ez to dawdle!
At one point, Ez decided to try out his own method of coaxing BR out of the nest. Keysfishin dubbed it “The Red-tailed Hawk Fan Tail Dance”!
Still more snow on Saturday morning….and BR didn’t feel like letting Ez brood (took him 3 tries. See his first attempt in this video by ryely dennise and his second attempt in this video by elly.) After BR returned, she spent the late afternoon/early evening trying to tame some VERY uncooperative bark that she brought in. Quite humorous for us to watch (see it here if you missed it) but I am sure she was not amused!
All was well despite the weather, and overall we had just another great week of BR and Ez showing us what fantastic and magnificent parents they are.
BR AND EZ OUT AND ABOUT
— Big Red Lacrosse (@CornellLacrosse) April 7, 2016
SCAP SLIDESHOW WEEK IN REVIEW – CORNELL HAWKS COMMUNITY
Click here to view the slideshow on YouTube.
E3 AT CORNELL VET SCHOOL’S OPEN HOUSE
Karel and BOGette visited the Cornell Vet School Open House on Saturday, April 9, where Ambassador E3 made a guest appearance. (E3 was injured in a greenhouse vent incident soon after he fledged in 2014. He is non-releasable and is an education bird for the Cornell Raptor Program.) Below are a few scaps of him from Saturday’s event. You can view the event footage on Karel and BOGette’s Livestream by clicking here. Thank you Karel and BOGette for covering the event!
PROJECTED HATCH DATES RANGE (using historical averages) – 4/20 through 4/22
Although we know of course that the eggs will hatch when they want to!
- Historical Chart with Dates for Laying, Hatching, and Fledging: http://bit.ly/1rONdhC
- Video Index: http://bit.ly/1mt54g9
- Bird and Wildlife Cam Links: http://wp.me/P5J1DZ-1c
2016, Week 3