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

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 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.


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


03012014 4:44 PM Ez and BR after mating by SkyofBirds
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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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 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"