The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is located in Ithaca, New York. 80 feet above Cornell University’s athletic field, is a Red-Tailed Hawks nest. The university installed a live feed in 2012 to get a close-up view of this couple. Big Red, age 9, is the female and Ezra, age 7, is the male.
Big Red laid 3 eggs in March 2012; an incubation period of 28-32 days. The 1st one hatched on April 23, 2012 at 1:53 p.m EST. Today the 2nd one is almost fully hatched and there is a pip coming from the 3rd egg.
Big Red does leave the nest once in a while but Ezra typically brings her prey such as voles, squirrels, sparrows, and pigeons every couple of hours so she can feed herself and the hatchlings.
Go to this wonderful site, the Red-Tailed Hawk live cam and view the nest of this majestic pair.
Also there is a pair of Blue Herons in a nest with 5 eggs. These live cams are so exciting. View the Great Blue Herons’ nest. Recently there was an owl attack on April 9, and one of the eggs was damaged. The mother is still laying on all 5 of the eggs. They are expected to start hatching around the end of April or first of May. There is a YouTube of the attack with the Great Horned Owl.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology site is so full of information. You can look up bird descriptions, watch YouTube’s, listen to bird sounds, and find out just about anything you want to know about bird species. I am a “birder” and this is the site I always go to for information before posting something. It is a great frame of reference for anyone needing accurate information.
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