Live “Hawk Cam”

This is probably the most innovative approach to studying nature I’ve ever found. The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology has set up a  camera offering a live feed of a pair of red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis), which have so far laid three eggs.

Here’s the information from the site:

About the Nest

A Red-tailed Hawk pair has been nesting on a light pole 80 feet above Cornell University’s athletic fields on Tower Road for at least the past four years. In 2012, we installed a camera to get a better look at these majestic birds as they raise their young amid the bustle of a busy campus. So far, we’ve seen the birds bringing prey such as voles, squirrels, and pigeons to the nest.

Big Red and Her Mate

The female, nicknamed “Big Red” in honor of her alma mater, is slightly larger, with a darker head, nape and throat, and is banded on her right leg. From banding records we know she was banded in nearby Brooktondale, New York, during her first autumn in 2003, making her nearly nine years old.

The male, who does not yet have a nickname, is banded on his left leg. He’s a bit smaller and has golden-tawny feathers on his face and head, and a paler neck than the female. He is at least seven years old and was first banded in 2006 as an adult bird on Judd Falls Road near the Cornell campus.

Learn more about Red-tailed Hawks in our online species guide.


Click here for a live camera feed. As I write this, I’m watching the female come back to the nest and lovingly tend to the eggs. It’s such a beautiful sight, and I’m having difficulty taking my eyes of it. Please bookmark the site and check on it periodically. It’ll be something once those eggs hatch (spare some money to donate to the project if you can too).