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

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0404 @ 9:38 AM BR

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0404 @ 10:33 AM BR

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0404 @ 10:51 AM BR

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0404 @ 1:55 PM Ez

The snow melted…albeit with some icy stuff sliding on Ezra…

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.

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0403 @ 2:34 PM On alert

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!

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0403 @ 8:33 AM BR prodding Ez with her foot

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”!

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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!

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0409 @ 10:02 AM BR

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0409 @ 10:55 AM BR and Eggs

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.

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0409 @ 7:05 PM Ez checking on BR before departing to roost for the night

BR AND EZ OUT AND ABOUT

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0402 “A momma break for BR” | © Karel and BOGette

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0402 Ezra | © Karel and BOGette

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!

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scap by W. May from Karel and BOGette’s Livestream

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scap by S. Staley from Karel and BOGette’s Livestream

“Hey, don’t be looking over at that Owl, you know that I’m the star attraction!” | scap by W. May from Karel and BOGette’s Livestream

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!

CURTH HATCH DATE RANGES

OTHER LINKS

2016, Week 3

6 Comments

  1. Carol Di Lernia says:

    Thank you, Elly. Wonderful ! – as usual 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Kyle K says:

    What a great compilation, many thanks for your efforts Elly. Now I feel like I’m all caught up with what I had missed.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Laura says:

    SO wonderful to see D3!!! Thank you all!

    Liked by 1 person

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