Saturday, March 23, 2013

LIVESTREAM: Red-tailed Hawk Nest at Cornell

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Red-tailed Hawk information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Clutch Size: 1-5 eggs
- Incubation Period: 28-35 days
- Nestling Period: 42-46 days
- Egg Description: White or buffy, blotched or speckled with buff, brown, or purple.
- Condition at Hatching: Tiny and helpless, unable to raise head, and weighing about 2 ounces.

'Big Red' laid her first egg of the 2013 breeding season at 5:40 P.M. EDT on March 14, 2013. The video clip below shows some of the first moments where the egg was visible followed by a visit 20 minutes later by both Big Red and her mate, Ezra.

Most Red-tailed Hawk meals include mammals, such as voles, mice, wood rats, rabbits, snowshoe hares, jackrabbits, and ground squirrels. The hawks also eat birds, including pheasants, bobwhite, starlings, and blackbirds; as well as snakes and carrion. Individual prey items can weigh anywhere from less than an ounce to more than 5 pounds. 

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