Hey! Let's observe a live cam of red tailed hawk's nest at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Shall we? I just discovered this and I was very happy to find it. There are three eggs in the nest now and if you go to that link you can also see a video of the bird laying the eggs. There is also a clip showing one of the birds on the eggs all night even with the snow falling down!
The red-tailed hawk is one of the most common hawks in North America. Richard took a photo of one on the mailbox across the street from us. This month, we had to take some trees down and a hawk landed on either side of the trees being cut down as if to say, "Well, I hope you're not going to take them ALL down!"
(Don't worry, we won't!)
Red tailed hawks are very common in Georgia. Their loud cries are very commonly used in movies, often described as the sound of an eagle! You may read some interesting facts about the red tailed hawk here.
UPDATE: If you look at the comment below, you will see that this photo is of a red shouldered hawk, it is similar to a red tailed hawk but the markings on the wings of the red shouldered are more distinctive and that is what Richard has photographed for you here!
"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction." I really love this quote...I just found it scribbled on a piece of paper in my handwriting but I don't know who said it or where I found it.
Wish us luck, Richard and I will climb Panola Mountain tomorrow in the final monadnock climb for our Monadnock Madness climbs in March. There is a 70% percent chance of rain and the final descent is called the "butt slide" since it is so steep, some come down on their backsides!
That hawk is spectacular. I hope that your hike tomorrow goes well. Blessings- xo DianaReplyDelete
A beautiful bird, how lucky for you being able to see them relatively often!ReplyDelete
Your climb will be great, no matter the weather, I bet!
We are lucky to see all our birds. And this one, we see quite often!Delete
What a beautiful bird. I sometimes get a sparrowhawk in the garden using our lawn as a dinner table and leaving behind only a ring of feathers from his meal! Hope your butt doesn't hit the slide! xReplyDelete
Oh, I would be upset to see a bird of prey get any of our songbirds! I know they do, but we have never seen it in our backyard. (And I know they are just doing what they do, but still...)Delete
Don't worry, I kept my feet on the mountain and was the first one down. YAY! Let's hear it for me!! :-)
We have those hawks here too. I used to pass one sitting on a fence post most everyday on my way to work. I hope your weather holds for your climb. Scooting down in the rain won't be easy for sure. Hope you have a super Saturday!ReplyDelete
The rain held out until the evening so we really had a nice day for our climb. I didn't scoot down but several others did!Delete
See... You, too, can have photos of a Red-tailed hawk. :-) Great shots!ReplyDelete
Oh, my I LOVED your shots of the juvenile Red-tailed hawk! They were great!Delete
Of course, Richard took all these photos! Those last two photos, the bird was way high up in those trees!
Hope you can get to Arabia Mountain soon.
Whew - what a lovely there! I wish you a blessed Easter.ReplyDelete
Easter blessings to you too.Delete
These photos were taken at Arabia Mountain in September. The Yellow Daisies are spectacular!
I just love the bright yellow against the gray rock...reminded me of Easter.
You lucky people! What great shots of the bird, and what a bird!ReplyDelete
We have pigeons.....
Actually, it was in England where I fell in love with birds. The robin, the blue-tit, the chaffinch, the blackbird...these are just some that I remember.Delete
We even saw a partridge when we went on that bluebell walk in East Sussex!
What a fun post, Kay! Good luck tomorrow on your Monadnock Madness climb! Red-tailed hawks are abundant here. Oh, and a very lovely and Happy Easter to you!ReplyDelete
Thank you! And don't you love your hawks too!Delete
Happy Easter to you too.
Look out for a post about Monadnock Madness, you know you will hear about it again!! :-)
You're lucky, Kay - the only birds I seem to hear are seagulls! That nest looks very cosy. Good luck for your hike tomorrow!ReplyDelete
Now, thinking of the sound of seagulls will make me homesick for Eastbourne! xxDelete
Thanks, we made the hike just fine and the rain held off until the evening. We were lucky!
Good luck and have fun!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mimi! We did!Delete
This is a great post! Thanks for the links for the Red-Tailed Hawk.ReplyDelete
Enjoy the weekend!
Thanks, John! I find all birds fascinating.Delete
Glad you liked the links!
Good luck on your hike!ReplyDelete
We have red tailed hawks and lots of Swainson' hawks.
I bet you should see lots of hawks in your western skies!Delete
We have a lot of hawks here and I enjoy watching them fly overhead...I'm secretly hoping they are eating any rodents or bunnies...whoops! sorry, I don't mean the Easter Bunny! Good luck with you hike and I know I would be on my bum all the way down!ReplyDelete
I am happy to tell you that I made it down the mountain on my own two feet and I did not scoot down on my bottom but I think about 4 or 5 others did!Delete
The red-tailed hawk is a wonderful looking bird! Hope your walk up Panola Mountain goes well and the rain keeps away!ReplyDelete
You know, I think your hopes for the rain staying away helped us! It was a fine day for being on the mountain and while we were there, not one raindrop came down.Delete
Hope YOU are healing!
Hi! I found your blog as I was looking for information on Red Tails in Georgia for an upcoming visit (I live in the UK & watch the live can at Ithica). I hope you don't mind, but I checked and this bird is a Red Shouldered hawk. Still a beauty! I am going to be in the areas of Atlanta, Warner Robnds and Savannah. Any hints for hawk finding? AnnReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment.Delete
I know that the red tailed are more numerous than the red shouldered, so that is one reason I thought this was the red tail. Goodness me, you can go anywhere almost and see hawks in Georgia! Just look up! I am no expert on birds at all, but I am always looking out for them and just love their beauty.
I am not an expert either and, like you, am just amazed at their beauty. I shall look up and hope to be lucky! Cheers.ReplyDelete
Oh, apparently - according to the 'experts' I consult - the pattern on the folded wings of the Red Shouldered hawk is distinctive. :-)
I hope you don't think I was being unhelpful when I said just to look up! You see, the photos of these hawks were taken just in our little neighborhood!ReplyDelete
I would say that if you get a chance, please try and go to see Stone Mountain! Or perhaps Arabia Mountain and AWARE, a wildlife recovery center at the base of Arabia.
I remember now why I thought this was a red-tail hawk, because it sounded like the recordings of a red tail! Perhaps the red shouldered sounds the same, they look very much alike!
Georgia has 60 kinds of oak trees! Imagine trying to identify all of those!
No, I didn't think you were being unhelpful at all. :-)ReplyDelete
I have asked my friend if we can go to Stone Mountain, coincidentally.
My birder friends are always saying 'look up'.
Have a good weekend.