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 […]

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? […]

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.) […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – 2015 “F” Season is in the Books

Red-tailed Hawk Story – 2015 “F” Season is in the Books

Cornell Hawks nestcam fans – if you are on Facebook, I made a similar post this morning, so there is no need for you to read this (very short) post. Although the story never ends, all 2015 document links have been moved to historical links (right-hand side of the blog, along with all of the […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Farewell to Beautiful F2

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Farewell to Beautiful F2

  I have said that the beauty of nature, animals, and birds is one of the only ways that love truly reaches me these days. Even when it’s terrible. This past week put that to the test.   On the evening of July 7, BOGs reported that the Fs were flying low across Tower Road […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Fledge Post!

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Fledge Post!

And finally BR and Ez’s darling Fs have all fledged. Beautiful fledges – no “fludges.” No one used the “fledge ledge,” although it seemed that F2 was thinking about it. I have put together a Pre-Fledge/Fledge slideshow and I hope you enjoy it! Just a few other things worth mentioning (well, I’m sure there are […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Week 11

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Week 11

What an exciting week! As of Saturday, June 13, the Fs entered the very, very early stages of their “Fledge Window”. They have all wandered out first beyond the sticks, and then out near the fledge ledge. It was also another soggy and stormy week, with some nicer weather towards the end. And of course […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 10

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 10

We left off last week with a very wet BR attempting to shelter the Fs from rainy weather. The rain continued on and off throughout the week. Although BR did not always attempt to shield her ever growing nestlings, she has not left them alone on the nest for the night (even when wasn’t raining.) […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 9

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 9

The Fs continue to progress rapidly in their development – too rapidly for many of us to whom it seems like it was just yesterday that they were tiny little white fuzzy bobbleheads. In Week 9 since the first egg was laid, feathers seemed to be sprouting by the minute, flappercising grew stronger, and self-feeding […]