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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Watch Video and Live Web Cam of Red-Tailed Hawks Hatching

This might be the first time I've written two blog posts in one day, but this news can't wait. Right now, on top of a light pole on the campus of Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y. a pair of nesting red-tail hawks is having an exciting day. One of their chicks hatched yesterday and a second one is in the process as I write. I've been watching the action this morning and it's amazing to see this mother trying to keep the one chick and the other eggs warm in cold weather, while high winds sway the nest and ruffle her feathers. The father flies in and out, bringing food and nest materials, and sometimes taking his turn at brooding. This is all thanks to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and their All About Birds website.

I know New York is a long way from Tacoma, but we have red-tailed hawks here too. I will try to find more information on them to add soon. In the meantime, click here for the LIVE WEB CAM where you can see action via the web cam and read all about this mating pair. At the bottom of the web cam screen, you will see a tab marked "medium" where you can adjust the resolution to high definition. Then try watching full screen. It's as clear as if you were there.

If you've seen red-tailed hawks around the Pacific Northwest, please comment and share your experiences!

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