More hawk stuffz: new chick hatching

Two readers have sent in pictures from or about the Cornell Hawkcam, where you should be watching the red-tailed hawks and their offspring. Readers have noticed a second chick pecking its way out of the egg.

Reader ivy privy has taken a photo of the whole megillah, with this information (click to enlarge photo):

The active nest is dead center on the lower catwalk. You can just see a tail to the right of the pole. To the upper right is an old nest (I presume).

The comm equipment is lower down the pole, and has cables to two pieces of equipment. To the upper left is what I believe to be the webcam, enclosed in a glass dome. The second piece of equipment, with the red box, I am unsure about. (microphone and thermometer?)

And reader “P.” has sent two pictures of feeding time, taken only half an hour ago (10:15 EST). Remember that the chicks have to eat meat from animals killed by the parents:

And here’s mom (“Big Red”) with dinner.  Tastes like chicken!


  1. Matt G
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Probably tastes more like pigeon….

    • Matt G
      Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      Aack! It IS pigeon!

      • ivy privy
        Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

        Squab, if you please. This is the Ivy League.

  2. jpetts
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Here are some screen caps of an earlier feeding:

  3. jpetts
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Posted more screencaps: in mod due to multiple links

  4. Kevin Anthoney
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    That’s some serious carnage there!

  5. ivy privy
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    At present they have the webcam zoomed out a bit, you can see the steel mesh of the catwalk, and the parking spaces below. The pole is swaying a bit in the wind. I am wondering if the grey tube at the far right is for the microphone.

  6. ivy privy
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Video about the camera installation

    • ivy privy
      Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      It says there are two cameras, one suitable for night time viewing. I guess that explains the two cables.

  7. ivy privy
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    They just zoomed way out. I can see the trafic on Tower Road, and someone waiting for a bus next to the mailbox in front of Bradfield.
    The tilted brown boxes on the left are the lights for the athletic field.

  8. ivy privy
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Meanwhile, a few miles away in Sapsucker Woods, a Great Blue Heron is setting on its nest.

  9. Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Has anyone seen this?

    It’s a live webcam of Peregrine Falcons (the fastest animal on Earth) nesting on the Newton Building in Nottingham (in the United Kingdom).

    • Chris Dicus
      Posted April 25, 2012 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      You have made my 6 year old very happy.

  10. Posted April 24, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I know this is off topic but… Jerry… have you seen this?

    Looks like Moshe Averick is at it again…

    Here’s the Headline:
    Darwin Akbar! “Darwin is God, and I – Dr. Jerry Coyne – Am His Prophet!” (Part 1)

    (I really hope the formatting works… 🙁 )

    • Posted April 24, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      It did work! 😀

    • Posted April 24, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      Also, yes, it’s “part 1″… apparently he wants to make this a series…

    • steve oberski
      Posted April 24, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      If true that would make autographed copies of “Why Evolution Is True” very, very valuable.

      • Posted April 24, 2012 at 11:09 am | Permalink

        Hm… good point.

        Hey Jerry… when I get the FAU branch of the SSA started, and we get you to speak, you have to sign my copy of WEiT. It’s a holy book, apparently…

    • Mary - Canada
      Posted April 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

      “Coyne Jihad”! – Really? LMAO

      • Posted April 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

        I LOL’d…

        No. Seriously. I actually laughed out loud…


  11. Moshe Averick
    Posted April 25, 2012 at 7:49 am | Permalink


    I guarantee you Jerry will not respond to your comment. He’s afraid that if he says something he might have to actually be prepared to debate the Origin of Life issue in an open forum. Keep laughing, happy people keep out of trouble. Cheers,

    • Posted April 25, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      Mate, keep smoking whatever you’re smoking and let the grown ups talk, yeah?

    • Posted April 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

      My expectation is that Jerry Coyne, being both a professor at the University of Chicago and a scientist, is very busy and probably doesn’t spend the vast majority of his day trolling his own blog for comment. Finals week starts next week for me, so if he’s coming up to those or is in those, my bet is that he’s extremely busy right now.

      I don’t think Jerry’s afraid of debating Intelligent Design in a public forum. Hell, I’m a Cultural Anthropology student who’s interest in the physical sciences and evolution is merely that of a layman, and I’m not afraid of debating intelligent design in a public forum. In fact, I’m pretty sure a 3 year old could take apart intelligent design.

      And irreducible complexity is so full of crap that even Stephen Colbert was able to rip it to shreds while in character, with only 3 minutes for an interview.

      No… I’m pretty sure there isn’t a rational human being alive who’s afraid of debating Intelligent Design in a public forum.

      The thing is, it’s already happened. Heard of Dover? Yeah… y’all got squashed by a court. If a Conservative judge appointed by George W. Bush could see past the Intelligent Design bull, then there’s no more need for debate. It’s settled. ID is religious Creationism in disguise, and it’s wrong. Period. End of subject.

      If Jerry wants to respond to you, he will. If he doesn’t, then he won’t. You do know that all of us atheists have lives outside of our atheism, right?

  12. Posted April 25, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if anyone is following, but one of the parents is feeding the chicks right now, so cute!

  13. jillpoke
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for posting about these wonderful hawks, as I never would have known otherwise. I’ve spent the better part of the last few days watching these birds.

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