Red-Tailed Hawk Tales

Red-Tailed Hawk Tales


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.
Otto at Oakwood on 29nth October near ESF.
It was so nice to meet you today!
Thought you and your followers might be interested in this Bird Walk event by the Syracuse University Art Galleries:
8/29 5:30 pm - This juvie cutie was outside the Verizon Call Center on Thompson Rd in Dewitt. He or she had a nice squirrel for dinner! My husband took these photos with his phone from a distance.
Here is another picture from this morning.
One of the hawks with a little snack this morning
I love the touch of green Sue added to the nest a couple days ago with her branch from a gingko tree! ๐ŸŒฟ
I was walking by Lyman Hall and I looked up to see the nests. I noticed there was more than one. Do the hawks use all of the nests?

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!

February 15, 2020-DAILY TALES-SUNNY SATURDAY-11:45-14:15--It was quite cold, not as cold as yesterday, but the sun helped as I followed Sue and Otto through campus, Oakwood and Mt. Olympus. ๐Ÿ˜Š

For FUN AND FLIGHT, enjoy Ava, Bri and "friends" as they frolic and fly over Flint Hall on Mt. Olympus. ๐Ÿ˜

February 14, 2020-DAILY TALES-FRIGID FRIDAY-13:00-17:00--On this frigid, -2 degree sunny day, Otto and Sue spent some fluffed-up time together on Valentine's Day.๐Ÿ’ž

For FUN AND FLIGHT, Ava and Bri form a perfect heart and spend some fun time together. ๐Ÿ˜

February 13, 2020-DAILY TALES-SNOWY THURSDAY-11:15-14:15--A light but persistent snow โ„๏ธ fell most of the time with a few white-outs ๐ŸŒจ but our hawks and other birds just took it in their stride.โ˜บ๏ธ

The FUN AND FLIGHT video takes us back to warmer days as juvies Ava and Bri have some fun and fly a bit too. โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

I am soooooo excited! I figured out how to do a draft of my post adding all comments and videos before I publish! Now I don't need to ask you all to stop back until after I finish the post. I found a way to do it in my "publishing tools," I should have noticed that awhile ago...oh well...thanks Facebook for your publishing options! :-)

February 12, 2020-DAILY TALES-15:45-17:30-WAY UP WEDNESDAY--First I saw Sue way up on the grid platform on Mt. Olympus, soon Otto joined her. Then they took turns in territory defense before returning to their high perches.

My FUN AND FLIGHT video is about WAY UP FUN with Juvie Ava!


February 10, 2020-DAILY TALES-MT. OLYMPUS MONDAY-15:45-17:20--I searched Oakwood to no avail, then coming back to the main part of the cemetery, there was Otto on Mt. Olympus tower, but not for long. On my way home, I saw another hawk on a different tower. I didn't get many photos so I'm posting two days.

February 11, 2020-DAILY TALES-TOWERING TUESDAY-15:45-17:15--Today was a repeat of yesterday with one fun difference. ๐Ÿ˜Š And the FUN AND FLIGHT video is of flight activity that repeats often around the Mt. O tower.

February 9, 2020-DAILY TALES-SUNNY SUNDAY-10:45-13:45-It was a gorgeous, sunny, five raptor day! โ˜€๏ธ

For FUN AND FLIGHT enjoy more sun, cerulean skies, and raptor delights! ๐Ÿ˜

February 7, 2020-DAILY TALES-FRIGHTFUL FRIDAY--I wasn't able to see the hawks today, I planned to leave after the frightful snowstorm died down in the afternoon but just as I was walking out the door, another squall started. I don't mind driving in the snow, but I didn't see the point in going as most likely the hawks would be hunkered down.

February 8, 2020-DAILY TALES-STORM AFTERMATH SATURDAY-15:30-17:30--Even though we had record breaking snow yesterday, the roads were clear on my 2.5 mile trip to SU...Syracuse knows well what to do with snow...and Sue and Otto were no worse for the wear. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Today's FUN AND FLIGHT photos and video show some of our hardy Central New York birds, well-adapted to our climate; else they wouldn't live here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

February 5, 2020-DAILY TALES-WAY UP WEDNESDAY-15:30-17:00--I found Sue and Otto on Mt. Olympus and they stayed way up high before going to roost. I didn't get many photos, so I'm posting for two days. ๐Ÿ˜

February 6, 2020-DAILY TALES-TEEMING THURSDAY WITH SUE-15:30-17:45--I arrived in Oakwood after a mostly drizzly day and immediately found Sue in a gingko tree. Soon a teeming rain began and Sue took it in her stride. ๐Ÿ˜

The FUN AND FLIGHT video posts for these two days are purely for FUN! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

February 4, 2020-DAILY TALES-TUESDAYS THRILLS-15:00-17:00-I searched the lower part of Oakwood and Morningside, then checked the top of the cemetery and saw a hawk in a tree at the edge of the hill overlooking route 81. This is where I saw the other adult RTH last week. I hurried there and got a huge thrill, and the thrills kept coming! :-)

Enjoy the seven videos within his post. :-)

February 3, 2020-DAILY TALES-MONDAY'S MATES, MOON AND MORE-15:30-17:30--I found our mated pair perched together on Mt. Olympus and watched them for an hour as the moon and other moving objects grabbed some of my attention.

For FUN AND FLIGHT, watch the video of soaring birds often mistaken for hawks.

February 2, 2020-DAILY TALES-SU-SUE AND OTTO SUNDAY SCENES -12:00-14:30-I arrived and saw Otto on Mt. Olympus, he flew off, then Sue flew in and he joined her. Soon they were soaring, then returned to Mt. O. to spend more time together.

For the FEBRUARY FUN AND FLIGHT post, watch the video of two 2016 juvies play as they practice flight and fight skills, all important for fending for themselves in the world.

February 1, 2020-DAILY TALES-SINGLE-SIGHTING SATURDAY-15:00-17:00-I searched Oakwood and campus for over an hour then finally I saw Otto on Mt. Olympus; he was the only hawk I saw today. No complaints, it's always good to see him, even though he was up high and I didn't get many photos.

Since JUVIE JANUARY was well-received, today starts FUN & FLIGHTS for the month of FEBRUARY where I'll be posting flight an other fun photos and videos. February is also the time we usually see Otto and Sue doing nest re-Furbishments. I'll be sure to post when that happens! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

January 31, 2020-DAILY TALES-FRIDAY FUN WITH SUE-15:45-17:00--I arrived and found Sue on Mt. Olympus, then searched for other hawks to no avail, so it was just me and Sue enjoying her Friday's final moments before roost. :-)

For the final Juvie January, I shared our 2019 fantabulous duo's fledge close-ups and favorite close-to-final fotos before they fled our fair land to find their own way. :-(

January 30, 2020-DAILY TALES-THURSDAY'S THRILLS-10:00-12:45--The first thrill of the day was sunshine! โ˜€๏ธ And the rest of my time was filled with the thrills of seeing six hawks! ๐Ÿ˜„

I hope you're thrilled with Juvie January's close-ups of our 2018 brood! I show close-ups soon after fledge compared with close-ups within the next 2 weeks. It's fun to see how their faces change and mature after they fledge. ๐Ÿฅฐ

January 29, 2020-DAILY TALES-WAY BACK WEDNESDAY--Today, like two days ago, I found no hawks after an hour of searching and then saw a hawk fly into a roost tree but didn't get a good photo. So I decided since this was still Juvie January, I'd take us on a trip "way back" to 2018 when we had a plethora of migrant juveniles from September 2018 through April 2019! It was quite an amazing and wonder-filled time!

This post took me quite awhile to compile and finish so please check back if you didn't see all of my descriptions and double photos within the body of the post. :-)

January 28, 2020-DAILY TALES-TUESDAY'S TWOSOME TIMES TWO-12:00-14:15--I had a delightful time with Otto and Sue, both seen separately but twice in the same place. They do have their favored and familiar spots so that makes my time fairly easy, I just wish these spots were lower to the ground. ;-)

For the last four days of Juvie January, I'm including favorite close-ups from 2016-2019 since the adult close-ups have been few and far between lately. ;-)

One of our RTHT followers, Sue Margaret, tagged me in this post and I thought it was fun to share. I knew owls could hear potential prey in the snow and I found this article that explains it very well.

I've seen barred owls and a great horned owl in Oakwood and will post their photos below but I've never seen an owl "snow angel. " โ˜บ๏ธ

We recently received this photo from Shelly Nichols of Fulton, NY. Her husband found this print in the snow while walking in the woods. Based on the size and shape, we believe that it was made by a barred #owl, while trying to catch a prey item. #WildlifeWednesday

January 27, 2020-DAILY TALES-MEMORY LANE MONDAY--I searched for the hawks today from 15:30 until 16:45 to no avail, so I decided to park near one of their roost trees and wait. Sure enough, at 17:00 a hawk with a HUGE crop came flying into a favored spruce tree and I missed the incoming shot! The one photo I got of whoever it was,๐Ÿง is snuggled up to the trunk...this was the best I could do.

So in honor of HUGE cropped hawks, I decided to go down memory lane and share some of my photos of well-fed SU-Sue, Otto, Juvies, and a few fun extras! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

January 26, 2020-DAILY TALES-SLUSHY SUNDAY-09:45-12:00--Yesterday's mixed precipitation plus this morning's wintry mix made for slushy roads and mushy hills as much hawkercise was spent following Otto through The Bowl and ESF. He's worth it though. โ˜บ๏ธ

JUVIE JANUARY is the same day a year ago, and better weather, with migrant Juvie Cory in the same area as Otto was today.

January 25, 2020-DAILY TALES-SOGGY SATURDAY-15:45-17:10--Non-stop precipitation filled the day with rain, some snow, sleet and then more rain. I was surprised when I reached Oakwood to find heavy fog along with the rain and wondered if I'd be able to spot anyone...

January 24, 2020-DAILY TALES-FUN FRIDAY-08:30-12:00--I was at SU for a fun, productive meeting (more on that later). ;-) I stayed to check on the hawks and had some quality time with Otto and Sue.

January 23, 2020-DAILY TALES-THURSDAY TIMES-13:30 and 15:30-17:15--I spotted my neighborhood hawks in a tree two blocks from my house but when I went to SU, after an hour of searching, there were no hawks were in sight. Finally, soon before roost, there was Sue. ๐Ÿ˜„

January 22, 2020-DAILY TALES-WONDROUS WEDNESDAY-11:00-13:00-Here is the rest of my daily tale post with my second wondrous surprise. See below if you haven't read the initial part of my post then enjoy the fun of this one.๐Ÿ˜Š

January 22, 2020-DAILY TALES-WONDROUS WEDNESDAY-11:00-13:00--I had a wondrous two hours of activity and fun-filled surprises. I'm still going through hundreds of photos and 6 videos so I'll share some of my time, including my first surprise, with more to come. ๐Ÿ˜Š

January 21, 2020-DAILY TALES-TERRIFIC TUESDAY-15:30-17:01--Today was terrific because I saw Sue, Otto and Windy after 5 days of hawk withdrawal from being away, and the day's end proved to transcend. ๐Ÿฅฐ

January 16-20, 2020-DAILY TALES-OTHER "BIRDS OF PREY"--These iPhone photos and a video are from my long weekend trip to Key West, Florida. While the pictured birds are not what ornithologists typically refer to as "birds of prey" such as hawks, eagles, owls falcons, osprey, vultures, etc. (, these Florida birds do consume prey. This interesting article covers the various diets of all birds of prey:

I'm home now and will start my daily hawk rounds tomorrow. So our hawks aren't left out of this post, I included some photos from last year during this time frame, which was a similar snowy, cold period that our hawks knew how to manage, perhaps better than we did. ;-)

January 15, 2020-DAILY TALES-WHERE ARE THEY WEDNESDAY?-10:00-12:00โ€“After my hawk-filled day yesterday, I searched campus then Oakwood then back to campus and was coming up short until Amy Sloane-Garris texted me that a hawk was on Smith Hall. :-)

Again, I am posting on my iPad and the photos of Otto are out of order...oh well!

JUVIE JANUARY-JUNE 26, 2019โ€“This was Briโ€™s fledge day and I was busy keeping track of her and so was her brother Ava when he landed in a nearby gingko tree. I took these gorgeous photos of him but never posted them because I was focused on her the rest of the day and for many days to come so I got quite far behind on my daily tales. Enjoy these never before seen photos of handsome Ava. :-)

January 14, 2020-DAILY TALES-TERRIFIC TUESDAY-09:00-13:00-As I said below with my video, it was a hawk-filled day. On my way to an appointment near SU, I saw Maria and Peppe, then found Otto and SU-Sue on campus Then Oakwood and then Maria and Peppe again on the way home. What a terrific day! :-)

JUVIE JANUARY-My last post showed when a juvie was in a bit of trouble Inside a window, but figured it out. These photos from summer 2016 are juvies who could have potentially gotten in trouble, because they didnโ€™t heed their sign warnings. But all ended well. :-)

I am again posting on my iPad and the photos are out of order, not sure why that happens...oh well.

Maria and Peppe Soar

January 14, 2020-DAILY TALES-TERRIFIC TUESDAY--It was a hawk-filled day with Otto and SU-Sue on campus and in Oakwood, plus my other cemetery hawks, Maria and Peppe who nest in St. Maryโ€™s Cemetery near my home. What is it about hawks and cemeteries? ;-)

Iโ€™m still going through photos and will post later but enjoy these videos of Maria and Peppe soaring in the beautiful blue sky. :-)

January 13, 2020-DAILY TALES-MONDAYโ€™S MINI-MINUTES WITH OTTO-15:49-15:54โ€”I arrived in Oakwood and searched for about 20 minutes to no avail, and then saw a hawk landing on a treetop across from Soldiers and Sailors plot. I had 5 minutes to take these photos before he flew away and I didnโ€™t see him or any other hawks before roost.

JUVIE JANUARY was a mini-minute crisis in July 2016 when we saw a juvie flying toward Smith Hall and the next minute we lost him. โ€œWhere did he go?โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

January 12, 2020-DAILY TALES-SWINGING AND SWAYING SUNDAY WITH OTTO-10:00-11:30-Here are my photos from Sunday. Check the long video below if you haven't already.

JUVIE JANUARY is about Bri and Ava navigating on a windy day in July. It was much warmer then. ๐Ÿ˜‰

January 12, 2020-DAILY TALES-SWINGING AND SWAYING SUNDAY WITH OTTO-10:00-11:30--The warm temperatures from yesterday steadily decreased as the wind increased; I found Otto when the wind was at its max for the day-32mph with gusts up to 43mph, no wonder he kept moving from place to place. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I'm still going through photos and will post those separately but I did several short videos trying to keep up with Otto and spliced them together for one long 9 minute video. Turn your volume down if the wind is too loud and my voice often doesn't come through, plus the focus isn't always great, so fast forward if needed, but I hope you enjoy some of it nonetheless. ๐Ÿ˜Š

January 11, 2020-DAILY TALES-SATURDAY SCENES WITH SIR OTTO-08:15-09:15--I had plans for the whole day, so I went to Oakwood early and was happy to spend some time with Otto and I believe I heard Sue, but I never spotted her. Check the second video within the post, you can hear her talking to Otto.

JUVIE JANUARY is of Bri close to the same spot where Otto was hunting today, but she still needed her parents to do some hunting for her as did Ava; they both were still learning to make their way in the world. :-)

January 10, 2020-DAILY TALES-FALL BACK FRIDAY-I wasn't able to get to the hawks today so I'm falling back to a year ago, only it's January 12, 2019; apparently I wasn't able to get there last January 10th either! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This post includes a Coopie, both Sue and Otto and Juvie Cory, a migrant from last year so he's my JUVIE JANUARY today! ๐Ÿ˜Š

January 12, 2019-2:00-5:00pm--Musical Chairs--On my way to Oakwood, I spotted a Juvenile Cooper's Hawk in a neighbor's tree backlit by the sun, soon it dove to their bird feeder but I missed whether it caught prey. The rest of the day was somewhat of the same thing...catching glimpses and missing any close shots but I was happy nonetheless to see Otto, SU-Sue and Juvie Cory moving from place to place on this cold, somewhat bright sunny day.

January 9, 2020-DAILY TALES-THURSDAY'S TOWER THEME-14:30-16:30--After the wild weather yesterday, I found Sue and Otto together on Mt. Olympus tower and despite the wind, they stayed there, except for a brief exit by Otto.

So with the M.O. tower in mind, this JUVIE JANUARY time travel post is a TBT, "throw-back tower" theme. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. Weโ€™ll chronicle their lives year round with a special focus on their yearly breeding as seen through the Syracuse University Hawk Nest Cam. Weโ€™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 natureโ€™s amazing creatures.

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