Below is information about Big Red and Ezra, the Red-tailed Hawks nesting in Ithaca, NY. The text is taken from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds page. The Live Stream Web Cam is also available for viewing on this link. The photographs are screen captures that I took.
A Red-tailed Hawk pair has been nesting on a light pole nearly 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 (see the behind-the-scenes video). In 2013, they moved to another light pole 200 yards to the west, and we installed a second set of cameras to continue observing them.
Big Red (background) and Her Mate Ezra (foreground)
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 over nine years old.
The male, nicknamed “Ezra” after the co-founder of Cornell University, 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.