Red-Tailed Hawk Tales

Red-Tailed Hawk Tales


Had a super cool experience observing Bodi earlier today at oakwood cemetery. She was hungry today devouring a vole, mouse, and then a chipmunk! In this video she gets spooked by a groundhog which is quite funny!
Hey all! My dad Michael, who works security at the Dome, spotted Bodi last weekend!
Normally don’t post during work but I was walking around Lyman Hall for a quick break and saw I believe the juveniles flying over chasing each other.
Hanging out on White hall today
Everyone was very awake, very active, & very vocal this morning.
Found it
Hello again, Anne Marie!! I found you a little in the season, this yr. I have adjusted my settings so I get your posts in my feed again! It was quite a surprise to me to find your neighborhood Hawk family also! Got all caught up on the posts now. Sorry there is no cam like last yr, but Tom's pics & your posts are wonderful! Thank you for your posts again this season!!
couldn't resist !!
Good Morning! Just reporting that on two separate mornings last week (@ 7:30am), I think I've seen one of the SU red-tail hawks soaring over their nests. I was too far away to tell who it was, but I'm encouraged that nestorations will be beginning soon. Yay!
Hi all, I saw these hawks on Onondaga Hiil. They are frequently by the water tower near the MemoryCare home off 174. I was trying to catch them very smoothly and missed filming the intruder. When I Iooked up, I saw third hawk flying west.
In my yard today!
Our juvenile Red Shoulder Hawk looking for Voles. She/He has helped reduce their population considerably. I wish our hawks frequented our property more often.

Enjoy Daily Tales of visual storytelling through photography and videography chronicling the lives of Red-Tailed Hawk Pair, SU-Sue and Otto, their chicks, and any other wildlife we are fortunate to encounter.

Welcome All!

Operating as usual

August 30 and 31, 2020-DAILY TALES--Sharing the final two days of our glorious August, what a wonderful summer of fun with our beloved hawk family! πŸ₯°πŸ˜

[09/02/20]   I am computerless again; had issues with my new one so had to return it and get yet another new one! Data is being transfered now, including my thousands of photos! I will have my new, new one tomorrow and catch up on posts. I’ve been to SU and Oakwood everyday and all is well. In the mean time, enjoy this great seminar about migration. SU-Sue and Otto do not migrate, they live here year round but the juveniles may migrate later in the fall or not at all; either way, they can’t stay in their parents’ territory and have to move on after they β€œgraduate” from SU, ESF and Oakwood hawk college. πŸ™‚

August 27, 28 and 29, 2020-DAILY TALES--After two days of close-ups, the juvies showed their soaring skills from far away on Thursday. Then happily on Friday, Bodi appeared again for her close-ups along with Otto! And Saturday was close-up TV time and back to distant soaring for our RTH.

[08/29/20]   Enjoy this shared Visitor post from August 26, 2020, of Nick Sisti's great iPhone video of the fun time with Bodi less than 10 feet away stalking a groundhog! I posted my video of this event in today's daily tales, but Nick's iPhone video captured the event better than mine...I was zoomed in too close to the groundhog popped out of it's hole and scared Bodi away! Thanks again so much Nick! Enjoy!

August 25 and 26, 2020-DAILY TALES-Sharing two days of amazing fun and quality close-up time with Bodi, Sue and Otto! And a big thank you to SU student Casey and ESF student Nick for joining in the fun on Wednesday, masked and socially distanced of course! πŸ₯°πŸ˜²πŸ˜·πŸ˜Š

August 22, 23 and 24, 2020-DAILY TALES--Three more days of distant but fun views! 😲 😊

August 19, 20 and 21, 2020-DAILY TALES-Sharing three more days with fewer juvie's that time of year when the juvie independence from their parents increases and sightings of them decrease, as expected...all in their developmental circle of life. πŸ’ž

August 16, 17 and 18, 2020-DAILY TALES--Sharing three more days of being thankful for our juvies and Sue and Otto! 😍πŸ₯°

August 14 and 15, 2020-DAILY TALES-Sharing two days of fun and quality time with our wonderful hawk family. This time marks the two month anniversaries of the juvies' fledges off their nest; Bodi fledged on June 14, Aria on June 15 and Caelen on June 17. Happy Celebration to our juvies for learning to fly, hunt and soar! More learning is yet to come as they continue to expand explorations of their parents' territory and hone their hunting skills before they move on. Their parents still keep watchful eyes on them and continue prey drops, although less frequent than last month. 😍 πŸ₯°πŸ₯³

August 11, 12 and 13, 2020-DAILY TALES--After some glitches with my new computer this week, I'm catching up with three days of fun adventures with our wonderful hawk family! 😍

August 10, 2020-DAILY TALES-MAGNIFICENT MONDAY-16:30-19:30--Sharing a wonderful, amazing time spent with all five hawks! The sightings of the parents were brief but the time shared with the juvies was truly magnificent! Enjoy! 😍πŸ₯°

I am quite behind on my posts this week because of being computer-less for two days last week. But I've been doing my daily rounds and everyone is well and accounted for! :-)


Thanks so very much to Michael, who works as a security guard at the Dome, for this great video and photos of Bodi near the Dome on 8/8/20 around 5:30pm! Thanks also to his daughter, Jordan who shared these with us! It's wonderful to get photos and videos from others who see our hawks around SU and Oakwood! Having many eyes on them to account for their travels and antics is wonderful! :-)

Hey all! My dad Michael, who works security at the Dome, spotted Bodi last weekend!

August 9, 2020-DAILY TALES-SENSATIONAL SUNDAY-09:45-17:45--Sharing a sensational day of fun starting with the first hawk family I began following in 2012 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY then back home to our Syracuse University hawk family that I've been following since 2016! Enjoy! 😍πŸ₯°


Thank you so much for liking and following this page, please share with family and friends! Please read the page's history and info below and follow Daily Tales updates!

For newcomers to our page, posts are primarily devoted to following the Red-tailed Hawk mated pair, SU-Sue and Otto who have been nesting at Syracuse University (SU) since 2012 and who reside year-round in their hunting territory that covers SU and the adjacent campus of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), nearby Oakwood and Morningside cemeteries and Thornden Park as well as neighborhoods close to SU (see partial map below).

In 2017, I donated funds to SU for the Red-Tailed Hawk Nest Cams in memory of my late husband, Hon. Thomas W. Higgins, Jr. In 2019, I replaced the existing nest cameras on the east side of Lyman Hall with new High Definition PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cams. In 2020, I donated another PTZ cam that was installed on Life Sciences Center (LSC) across from the existing nests for a long-range view. The cams have allowed thousands of people all over the world to watch SU-Sue and Otto raise successive broods of three chicks in 2017 and 2018 and two chicks in 2019 and now three chicks in 2020.

Beginning on March 1, 2020, our daily posts focused on this past nesting season after our devoted hawk pair built a new nest on the west side of Lyman Hall, leaving the east side after eight years of nesting there. We were in the middle of plans to move the new PTZ cam from LSC to the west nest when COVID-19 hit and SU had to stop. Finally, on June 3, 2020 the camera was moved to Hinds Hall with a diagonal view of the nest. We could not install the cam in the archway above the nest as in previous years because it would disturb the chicks in the nest.

With the new cam, we were able to watch our three chicks fledge the nest on June 14, 15 and 17 and enjoyed an extended time of watching them play and fly around the SU campus until they flew out of cam view. They spend most of their time in Oakwood cemetery where they continue to hone their hunting skills before they venture out on their own sometime in the late summer or fall.

The parents, SU-Sue and Otto and three juvenile hawks, Aria, Bodi and Caelen still visit the SU campus and we’ve been fortunate to see them on the Hind’s Hall camera. Here is the link to the SU Hawk Nest Cam's history, timeline, dedication and related pages.

I started following this pair and their progeny in 2016. From 2016-2018, my photographs and stories were posted on Syracuse Hawk Chatters, along with many other talented photographers and hawk enthusiasts.

Red-Tailed Hawk Tales provides visual storytelling sharing photographs, videos, experiences and educational information about the raptors and other wildlife we are so fortunate to encounter. We welcome hawk and wildlife enthusiasts to comment and share their photographs and experiences.

August 6, 7 and 8, 2020-DAILY TALES--Our juvies are becoming more independent and exploring off on their own making it harder to find them. This is all expected as they learn more about their world on their way to someday being on their own. So let's enjoy every moment we have with them. πŸ₯°

August 3, 4 and 5, 2020-DAILY TALES-I've been computer-less for 2 days while my new iMac was being set-up, transferring all of my files, photos and videos from my old iMac. I continued to see the hawks every day as they continue to return to the SU campus to the delight of the SU staff and early arriving students! Enjoy! πŸ₯°πŸ˜

Can A Hawk Carry Off Your 12-Pound Pet? - 10,000 Birds

Hello my Wonderful RTHT Family!
I've been computer-less for 2 days while my new iMac was being set-up: transferring all of my photos, videos and files from my old, now operating system obsolete 2011 iMac. I've continued my daily checks on our wonderful juvies and parents and all is well! πŸ₯°πŸ˜

I've downloaded my photos on my new iMac from the last several days and will do a catch-up post soon. In the mean time, check this great article and fantabulous video. This article is timely because I've recently had several questions from small dog walkers in Oakwood who admire our hawks but worry needlessly about their pets. Setting the record straight with some levity is always welcomed! πŸ˜‰ The answer is: no. No hawk can carry off a 12-pound pet. No hawk can carry off a 3-pound pet. The largest hawk in North America (the Ferruginous Hawk) weighs at most four pounds, so leaving the ground carrying three – let alone twelve – would be aerodynamically (not to mention logically) impossi...

July 31, August 1 and 2, 2020-DAILY TALES-Keeping up with our juvies' fun travels and traveling photographically to the west coast to share another RTH family! Enjoy! πŸ₯°πŸ˜

July 29 and 30, 2020-DAILY TALES--It's been a month since the juvies "migrated" to Oakwood cemetery on June 29th and they've begun to "migrate" back to visit their SU home! πŸ₯³ Now that the juvies have mastered soaring, they are traveling farther within Oakwood and are a welcomed sight back on the SU campus, as long as they stay away from windows! πŸ™

July 27 and 28, 2020-DAILY TALES--Monday's Marvelous Moments with the juvies were mostly up high and Tuesday's Terrific Times held much closer views. Enjoy! πŸ₯°

July 24, 25 and 26, 2020--I'm catching up with three more days of juvie fun! Enjoy their antics and life lessons! πŸ₯°

July 21, 22 and 23, 2020-DAILY TALES--Another three days of juvie fun soaring, playing and a thrilling milestone!! Enjoy! πŸ₯°πŸ˜²πŸ₯³

July 18, 19 and 20, 2020-DAILY TALES--Sharing three days of juvie soaring, hunting and playing in the rain fun! πŸ₯°πŸ˜

July 16 and 17, 2020-DAILY TALES--Sharing a THRILLING THURSDAY morning with the juvies soaring and kiting then a FANTABULOUS FRIDAY with the whole family sighted after sad news from Cornell and the horrendous storms on Thursday evening. So thankful for every day with these majestic creatures! πŸ’ž

July, 13, 14 and 15, 2020-DAILY TALES--Catching up on posts after my computer woes this past week but happily I had a wonderful week watching juvie fun and had a nice surprise on Tuesday! Enjoy! πŸ₯°

July 11 and 12, 2020-DAILY TALES--Sharing more fun and milestones achieved by our wonderful juvie trio! πŸ₯°

I've had computer problems this week but finally was able to get this post done tonight! I have been with the hawks every day and the adults and juvies are all doing very well! Enjoy!

July 9 and 10, 2020-DAILY TALES-THRILLING THURSDAY AND FANTABULOUS FRIDAY--Sharing thrilling milestone achievements and fantabulous fun with our wonderful juvie trio! πŸ₯°

July 6, 7, and 8, 2020-DAILY TALES-Sharing highlights from this past week to catch up since I spend so much fun time "catching up" with the hawks last weekend! ☺️πŸ₯°

July 5, 2020-DAILY TALES-10:00-16:00--I spent three fun hours with the juvies and was about to go home for lunch, when my dear friends, Karel and Cindy Sedlacek arrived to Livestream-what a great surprise! So here are my photos and videos from the day plus, the link to their wonderful Livestream! Enjoy! 😊

July 4, 2020-DAILY TALES-09:00-14:00--I finally got through all of my photos and videos of my wonderful time celebrating the holiday with the "kids." πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ₯°

July 1, 2 and 3, 2020-DAILY TALES--Catching up with highlights of three days of fun with Aria, Bodi, Caelen, and of course their wonderful parents, Sue and Otto! πŸ₯°πŸ˜πŸ’ž


I hope everyone has had a safe and memorable July 4th celebration! In honor of our amazing, beloved Red-Tailed Hawks (RTH) who are the most common hawk in North America, I am honoring their coast to coast year-round presence by sharing wonderful photos of a RTH pair and their juveniles taken by Simone Chaves in Oregon, Northwestern USA.

Simone is so fortunate to have this family reside on her property! RTH in the west are classified as "dark morph" and notice how different the adult parents look compared to our parents, SU-Sue and Otto! Their juveniles look similar to ours but will grow into their dark morph colors as they mature.

There are several different variations of RTH coloring based upon region, but no matter what "morph" or color, all of our our coast to coast RTH are beautiful and what better day to celebrate their common bonds and majesty that we are so fortunate to behold all year round! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—

June 29 and June 30, 2020-DAILY TALES--Sharing fun and some surprises with our beloved hawk family during these last two days of June. πŸ₯°πŸ˜

While I am thrilled Aria, Bodi and Caelen have "graduated" from SU, it is with a touch of sadness that they are out of cam view and so I am stopping the cam stream. It was a brief but joy-filled time watching them on cam through fledging and exploring some of the SU campus. My heartfelt thanks again to ALL of the SU and collaborating professionals from IK Systems and HDonTap involved in the cam installation and live streaming, the SU staff involved with the website and development and our wonderful cam operators, Mabe Campana and Jacquie Laughlin who, with such dedication, helped me follow our family. What an amazing, talented team! πŸ’ž

June 28, 2020-DAILY TALES-13:00-17:30--What a wonderful time with dear friends, Karel and Cindy Sedlacek as they Livestreamed our beautiful hawk family. I'm posting a few highlights from our fun day, but enjoy watching their video streams and screen captures as we followed the juvies πŸ₯°around Oakwood and ESF with a bit of time with SU-Sue and Otto. 😍

Here is the link to their Livestream, they initially had some problems with wifi connectivity, but it improved so keep scrolling to watch their videos and great scaps:

June 27, 2020-DAILY TALES-14:30-17:00--The rainy, cool morning gave way to clouds and a hint of blue skies as the juvies spent their second day exploring a corner of Oakwood and venturing back into ESF campus briefly.

While they were exploring, I focused on getting better at identifying their physical features and settled on their symbolic identifications in keeping with our current times.πŸ˜·πŸŽ΅πŸ˜³πŸ€”πŸ™πŸ’ͺ

Visual Storytelling

This page is devoted to visual storytelling primarily about SU-Sue and Otto, a red-tailed hawk pair who have been nesting at Syracuse University since 2012. We’ll chronicle their lives year round with a special focus on their yearly breeding as seen through the Syracuse University Hawk Nest Cam. We’ll also include photos of other raptors and wildlife encountered in our travels. We welcome interested birders, photographers and storytellers to share their experiences with nature’s amazing creatures.

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