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Sunday, March 16, 2014

In the Waiting Room...

As of 9:00 AM on Sunday March 16 when I am writing this blog post, we are still in the waiting room anticipating BR laying her first egg. (Of course, as soon as I hit "Publish" she will lay her egg because my timing is like that!) BR in particular has been participating in many bouts of "Olympic Stick Wrestling" this week. Ez has also been working on the nest and bringing prey. As BR is not usually on the nest when he comes by, the prey gets left in the nest. The fate of said prey is either (1) Ezra comes back and eats it, or (2) starlings throw it overboard. No one is certain exactly why the starlings do this, but CulleyL has said that perhaps the starlings somehow see the prey as some kind of threat. 
 
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 BOG Gallery

03152014 Ezra by christinebshoals. Scroll to see all pics from this day and others.

Screenshots

 03102014 7:47 AM BR by 1Claude

 03102014 9:37 AM BR by Sally

03112014 7:27 AM Ezra by grasshopper. Scroll to see all scaps by grasshopper.

03142014 7:24 AM BR and Ez work on the Nest by grasshopper.
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 03142014 Ez and BR working on the nest by 1Claude

03142014 BR with Bark by gpeterson. Scroll to see all scaps by gpeterson.

03142014 Ez's Tail by gpeterson. Scroll to see all scaps by gpeterson.

03142014 Ez Delivers Chippie by ncaerie. Scroll to see all scaps by ncaerie.

03142014 12:34 PM BR and Ez Mating on Bradfield by grasshopper.
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03142014 12:54 PM BR and Ez on the Throne by Benjammin. Scroll to see all scaps by Benjammin.

03142014 4:43 PM Ez with Rainbows by SkyofBirds. Scroll to see all scaps by SkyofBirds.


03152014 Mating on Fledge Ledge by GulfCoastRita. Scroll to see all scaps by GCR.

03152014 8:18 AM BR by GulfCoastRita. Scroll to see all scaps by GCR.

03152014 10:42 AM BR by renowabbit. Scroll to see all scaps by renowabbit.

03152014 11:24 AM BR by sebourne. Scroll to see all scaps by sebourne.

03152014 11:29 AM BR by sebourne. Scroll to see all scaps by sebourne.

03152014 Ez on Cam 2 by Whitestar0. Scroll to see all scaps by Whitestar0.
Yes, Cam 2 went LIVE this week! Check it out

03152014 6:48 PM Starling Moving Prey from Nest by GulfCoastRita.
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03162014 7:27 AM Ez by grasshopper. Scroll to see all scaps by grasshopper.

03162014 7:38 AM BR by gpeterson. Scroll to see all scaps by gpeterson.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

BR and Ez Are Busy Getting Ready!

Our lovely RTH pair has been very busy this week bringing sticks to the nest and wrestling them into place. They have brought some bark and greenery as well. Ezra has brought prey for Big Red several times. And of course, they have been mating! BR and Ez have been recorded mating on Karels cam, Ferris cam, and the main RTH cam (see the video index...privacy? What privacy?!). They have also been seen just hanging out together, but that is nothing new. (Our BOGs have frequently noted that these two hawks enjoy each others' company year round.) It is very exciting to have this much footage this year early on in the season! And of course we are all waiting for that first egg! For historical date references see the page Quick Historical Date Info on Offspring from This Nest.


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 03062014 by trtldove. Scroll to see all pics from this day and others.


Screenshots

03012014 PM BR and Ez Mating by #BirdsOnLiveCams From Ferris Tour


03012014 4:44 PM Ez and BR after mating by SkyofBirds
From Ferris Tour



03042014 4:30 PM Ezra by MV


03052014 9:51AM Big Red departure by GulfCoastRita
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03062014 AM Big Red by 1Claude


03072014 7:00 AM Ez and BR by babynurse.
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03072014 9:36AM  BR about to fly off with breakfast by 1Claude

03072014 9:49 AM BR wrestling sticks by GulfCoastRita
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03072014 4:14 PM BR on Bradfield by Benjammin.
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03072014 PM Ez and BR Mating on Bradfield by grasshopper.
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03082014 6:14 AM  Ezra by 1Claude

03082014 7:17 AM Ez and BR by sebourne
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03082014 AM BR on Adjacent Light Pole by grasshopper
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03082014 AM Ezra brings breakfast for Big Red by grasshopper.
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03082014 3:22 PM BR by sebourne
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Intruder at the Nest Doesn't Faze BR and Ez

On the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 25, viewers were surprised to see TWO hawks with left bands on the nest, one clearly being Ezra and one being an intruder. After much speculation about this intrusion, the best photo manipulation available was done by ncaerie. She was able to obtain three numbers. Karels submitted the following report to bandreports@usgs.gov:

Species Name: Red-tailed Hawk
Band Number: Partial 005, on metal band, left leg.  We are working on other vid frames to see if we can get more digits.
How obtained?:
Viewed on Cornell Hawk Cam as he apparently tried to contest the nest with the resident RTH male Ezra.
http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/16/Red-tailed_Hawks/
Status of the band: Left on Bird
Status of the bird: Alive
Date of encounter: 02/25/2014
Encounter Location:
Coordinates represent exact location: 42.4472,-76.47678

Please help us identify this bird.  We have a large fan audience that is very interested!

Thank you on behalf of our RTH community,
Karel Sedlacek

The intruder was not seen again after Feb. 25. However, on the same day, there was another peregrine sighting on Bradfield. The peregrine ended up roosting on Bradfield all night. Feb.25 was an exciting and exhausting day, especially for cam op keys and videographer ncaerie! 

BR and Ez have continued visiting the nest, bringing sticks, and working on the nest bowl throughout the week. Today (Saturday, Mar. 1), Ez even brought his love breakfast at the nest! BR in particular has been working really hard today, flying back and forth between the nest and "Stikea".


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Intruder

 02252014 11:10 AM by keysfishin. Intruder stands on Ez's tail. Scroll left and right for more scaps.

02252014 11:10 AM by sebourne. Scroll for more scaps.
   
Peregrine Falcon on Bradfield

02252014 5:27 PM by keysfishin. Scroll for more scaps.


BR and Ez Nest Visits

  02242014 1206 PM by RedTailRhumba. BR. Scroll for more scaps.

02252014 3:26 PM by Benjammin. Ez. Scroll for more scaps.


02272014 7:19 AM by grasshopper. Ez visits nest with a stick. Scroll for more scaps.


02272014 7:19 AM by sebourne. Ez Wiggle Wiggle. Scroll for more scaps.

02272014 7:59 AM by keysfishin. BR at Stikea in front of Plant Sciences. Scroll for more scaps.

 02272014 11:39 AM BR by Sally


02282014 AM by GulfCoastRita. BR Departs Scroll for more scaps.

03012014 6:52 AM by keysfishin. BR. Scroll for more scaps. 

03012014 7:00 AM by grasshopper. BR leaves with prey that Ez brought. Scroll for more scaps. 

 03012014 by Whitestar0. BR and Ez

03012014 11:20 AM by sebourne. BR wiggling in the nest bowl. Scroll for more scaps.


03012014 11:55 AM by grasshopper. BR. Scroll for more scaps

 03012014 by 1Claude. BR at Stikea

 03012014 12:02 PM by 1Claude. BR with "the perfect stick" 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Nest-Building and Mating Have Begun!


Nest Building

While it is still not 100 percent certain that Big Red and Ezra will use the 2013 nest in 2014, the pair have visited the 2013 nest frequently in the past week. They have often brought sticks, which is a good sign. BR and Ez's (mostly BR's) comical struggles to deal with large sticks have been documented both on the Cornell cam and on BOG cam (Karels). For more information on nest building, see the post, Nest Building and the Function of Greenery.

And for the record, no, we still do not know for sure where BR is going to get her bark!


Mating

Sorry, BR and Ez, there is NO privacy for you! Karels caught BR and Ez mating on cam on Saturday, Feb. 23. Love is in the air!



Recent Videos 
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2/24/2014
11:56 AM
Cornell Cam
Big Red Secures Nest As The Snow Flurries Begin
2/24/2014
7:35 AM
Cornell Cam
Ezra's Early AM Nest Check
2/23/2014
PM
Ferris
Ferris vids are still being processed. They will be posted by Wed, 2/26/14.
in process
2/23/2014
4:02 PM
Cornell Cam
BR & Ez Sunday Afternoon Nest Visit
2/23/2014
AM
karels/BOGette
BR & Ez at Nest; BR Behind Rice Hall
2/23/2014
8:05 AM
Cornell Cam
BR Returns with Another Stick for the Nest
2/23/2014
7:11 AM
Cornell Cam
BR and Ez Stick Comedy
2/22/2014
4:08 PM
karels/BOGette
More Ez and BR Near 366 (Mostly Ez)
2/22/2014
3:54 PM
karels/BOGette
Ez Flies from Pole Near 366 and Mates with BR
2/22/2014
PM
karels/BOGette
Ez Flies from Wire; Ez and BR Fly Around Together
2/22/2014
PM
karels/BOGette
Ez Near Holey Cow Field
2/22/2014
AM
genesowl
Event 6 Excerpt
2/22/2014
AM
karels/BOGette
BR in Trees Near Plant Sciences
http://youtu.be/o2mb0a5mIeA
2/22/2014
7:19 AM
Cornell Cam
BR and Ez at the Nest
2/22/2014
6:57 AM
Cornell Cam
BR Checks on the Nest Early
2/21/2014
 8:02 AM
Cornell Cam
Ezra & Big Red Are Following Each Other Around
2/21/2014
 7:37 AM
Cornell Cam
Ready For Love!...Ezra Waits In 'Kissing Tree #2'
2/21/2014
 7:21 AM
Cornell Cam
Inspector Big Red Arrives
2/21/2014
 6:58 AM
Cornell Cam
Early Bird...EZRA
2/19/2014
12:46 PM
Cornell Cam
BR Checks In!
2/19/2014
8:09 AM
Cornell Cam
Serious Nest Work! We Hope!
2/19/2014
7:07 AM
Cornell Cam
Honey, I'm Home...Where Are You?
2/18/2014
9:04 AM
Cornell Cam
Finally A Nice Visit From Ezra & BR


BOG Gallery




 02202013 Photos by trtldove, scroll left and right to see all pics

 Screenshots

 02192014 BR by 1Claude

02202014 Ez by GulfCoast Rita (scroll left and right for all recent scaps by GulfCoastRita)


0222014 BR and Ez Mate, scaps from Karels Tour (scroll right and left for all scaps in set by elly)

 02232014 Ez and BR by 1Claude

  02232014 Ez Putting Stick on BR by 1 Claude

02232014  Ez by MV

 02232014 BR and Ez by MV

02232014 BR on Ferris Cam by MV

02242014 Ez by keysfishin (scroll right for all recent scaps by keysfishin)

 02242014 BR by 1Claude

02242014 BR by 1Claude

02242014 BR departs by grasshopper (scroll right for all recent scaps by grasshopper)


Curious About Dates from Previous Years?
See the historical information page!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

BR and Ez Spotted Again At Last!

As RTH nesting season is fast approaching, we would love to see confirmation from BR and Ez that they are indeed using the same nest as last year. Sadly, the weather has not been that cooperative and there have been no sightings of regular nest-building activities as of yet from our hawks. As a matter of fact, BR and Ez were not sighted on any cam from Feb. 2 until today, Feb 16. (This does not mean our BOGs have been idle; check the video index for footage from the Sapsucker Woods, the Pheasant Farm, peregrine falcons on Bradfield, and much more!) Today, Karel finally caught up with BR on Clark while she was being mobbed by crows. After she departed, Ezra came in and landed on the same spot! Then he departed and Karel found them again near the band building. Ez just hung out in tree while BR went after some crows "like a fighter jet"! BR and Ez, we love seeing you! Thanks again to our ever persistent BOGs!


Recent Videos
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2/16/2014
AM
karels/BOGette
Ez Hangs out in Tree near Band Bldg While BR goes After Crows
2/16/2014
AM
karels/BOGette
Ez Arrives at Clark Right After BR Departs
2/16/2014
AM
karels/BOGette
BR on Clark Hall: Looking Beautiful and Getting Mobbed by Crows
2/15/2014
PM
Ferris
Pheasant Farm Food Fight…Again!
2/15/2014
PM
Ferris
A Murder of Crows
2/15/2014
PM
Ferris
Peregrine Falcon on Bradfield in the Snow
2/11/2014
8:15 AM
karels/BOGette
On The Ground View Of PEFA
2/11/2014
7:44 AM
Cornell Cam
Falcon "Ledge-Sits" For 3 Hours
2/11/2014
6:17 AM
Cornell Cam
Peregrine Falcons Make Bradfield Their B&B'
2/10/2014
5:12 PM
Cornell Cam
First There Is One PEFA...Then Comes #2
2/10/2014
PM
Cornell Cam
PEFA On Bradfield Hall
2/10/2014
PM
Cornell Cam
Hawk In Tree Behind Nest
2/9/2014
AM
karels/BOGette
Frozen Cayuga Lake
2/8/2014
PM
Ferris
Pheasant Farm: Another Pheasant Meal for RTHs and Begging Vultures
2/8/2014
PM
Ferris
RTH near Pine Tree Rd, maybe Ez?
2/8/2014
PM
Ferris
Peregrine Falcon on Space Sciences
2/8/2014
PM
Ferris
Belted Kingfishers Everywhere at SSW
2/8/2014
PM
karels/BOGette
Screech Owl, East of Ithaca
2/8/2014
PM
karels/BOGette
Cayuga Lake Excerpts: Gulls, Ducks, RTHs, Kingfisher
2/8/2014
AM
karels/BOGette
Game Farm Drama and Interesting Story From Bus Driver
2/7/2014
PM
Cornell Cam
Peregrine Falcon Visits Bradfield Once Again


Some screenshots from Karel's tour today


BR on Clark

 BR Getting Mobbed by Crows

 BR has an itch!

 Crow Mouths Off at BR from Space Sciences

 BR Departs from Clark

 Ez Flies in and Lands Where BR Was

 Ez Stays Around for His Closeup

 Ez Departs from Clark

 BR in the Air After Going After Some Crows

 BR on Lights Near Band Building

 Ez in Tree Near Band Building

Lastly, from yesterday...
Our chawkers have a great sense of humor!