May 16, 2012

At the Hawk Cam Café...

hawks

... you can squawk all afternoon.

(Watch the University of Wisconsin red-tailed hawks live here.)

UPDATE: Fresh bunny!

37 comments:

edutcher said...

If they're smart they'll stay away from the pups.

Scott M said...

Yet again, birds of prey know they are cool.

Original Mike said...

Don't the hawks clean up after themselves?

ricpic said...

They ain't babies no more. Losing the white. Adolescence soon.

MadisonMan said...

Kinda warm next to that south-facing brick wall.

Chip Ahoy said...

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Original Mike said...

PhotoShop them a toilet, Chip.

Jeff in Oklahoma said...

Ann,

I don't know if I should be thanking you, or cursing you. I first noticed your post about the hawks last week, and since then cannot stop watching them. It is ridiculously habit forming.

Thanks, I think.

MadisonMan said...

PhotoShop them a toilet, Chip.

I saw one of the chicks shoot their excrement out of the nest the other day. Expelled pretty quickly.

Original Mike said...

@MM: I was watching the eagle cam last year, and I saw them doing the same trick.

Watch out, below!

Saint Croix said...

And here are the nine circles of hell in legos.

America's Politico said...

Just returned from the Oval Office - yes, in the WH.

The word is that we are going to win. We are going to win. OMG, I am so excited. The whole campaign is in motion. The VP speech was a real hoot.

Romney is finished. Kaput. Gone. The liberal bloggers are on our side. The press (leaders- NYT, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, NPR) all on our side. Whose your daddy, Romney?
No one. Not even the Church of LDS?

It is over, GOP. O-V-E-R.

America's Politico said...

Just as we predicted, our friends at NYT thrash any attempts to discredit the greatest and best POTUS.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/books/edward-kleins-invective-laden-obama-book.html

No one can touch. From here and out, our friends every-where in the US of A (and abroad) will do best to dis-credit GOP and Romney.

O-V-E-R GOP: You are finished. Give up NOW.

mrs whatsit said...

Those who don't know the difference between "who's" and "whose" probably shouldn't try to overwhelm others with their superior insight.

Back on topic -- interesting that somebody has chalked "RECALL WALKER" on the sidewalk below, in careful view of the webcam, and somebody else has apparently tried to rub out the word "RECALL."

Big Mike said...

I think I only see two chicks instead of three. Did something happen to one of them?

kcom said...

"I think I only see two chicks instead of three. Did something happen to one of them?"

I just noticed that. There were three there earlier this afternoon. Did one fall off the ledge?

Quaestor said...

Holy shit! It looks that way. Damn...

BTW, they're not "chicks". Since they are raptors they are called eyasses.

kcom said...

I went through the archives. They are all there as of 7 pm (presumably CDT). The current hour is running so the archive is not available yet.

kcom said...

I think I just saw the third one. It looks like it's lying just beyond the nest on the far side, down on the ledge itself so it's kind of hidden. But it flapped its wing.

Jeff in Oklahoma said...

The third one appears to have fallen out of the nest, but is still on the ledge. It is just visible, at the "top" edge of the nest.

Hope Mom can get it back in with the others.

kcom said...

And now it's standing up.

Big Mike said...

Yeah, I see the 3rd one now.

Was worried there for a bit.

kcom said...

The one right in the middle of the nest now in front is the "missing" one. He hopped right over his siblings (with a big wing flap) and landed back where he wanted.

Carnifex said...

Well I'm glad AP is getting fresh material. In honor of that I have a story, about Redtails!!!

The other day I told the story about the hawks that were playing tricks on squirrels. Well this is a story about the Redtails! Also known as the Tuskegee Airmen. As you know, the Tuskegee Airmen were a group of black pilots in WWll that were reputed to have never lost a bomber under their protection. This canard(a type of wing on a airplane) later proved to be just that, a canard. But it makes for a good story, and so does this...

I was friends with a commercial director at one time. He directed a commercial with Chuck Yeager.(who was a pilot...of a plane) You probably remember him from the movie THE RIGHT STUFF. He was the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound in the X1.

You might remember the commercial, it was for batteries, it was made in the desert. Anyway, the script Gen. Yeager was supposed to read from was written on the usual large cue cards.

After 3 takes my friend says, "This isn't working Chuck"(I am jealous...Chuck indeed). "we can see your eyes moving". The general thought for a minute and asked "Do you have any index cards?" Some grip did indeed have some index cards, and a sharpie. So the general wrote the entire script on the back of 1 index card. "Okay" he said "just hold this up like you would a regular cue card". The general read his lines, and because the lines were so close together, you couldn't see his eyes moving. Problem solved. I bragged about how good my dads eyes were. Chuck Yeager makes him see like a blind man. And Chuck Yeager sees like a blind man compared to a hawk, or an eagle.

Ps.

I later met the general myself at an airshow, where he flew Glamorous Glennis(his P-51 Mustang) in a recreation of the "Invasion of Normandy". A true American Icon.

Ann Althouse said...

I've noticed for a while that one is the runt. Today, I saw both parents actively feeding the non-runts and ignoring the runt. Later, the runt was out of the nest altogether. Right now, the non-runts look quite mature... pre-adult. They're looking very strong, and "Runty" is lolling about, perhaps starving! I think he's slated to die!

kcom said...

" I think he's slated to die!"

I was afraid of that. Not that I've been watching enough to notice there was a runt but I was wondering if three was a normal number or whether there might be some winnowing in the future. I saw this show on tv about some birds, maybe in the Galapagos (maybe boobies), where they always hatch two eggs but eventually they just turn on one of the two babies and kick it out of the nest and let it starve to death while they care for the other one. Even after it's quite large. Mother Nature is one crazy chick (pun intended).

Quaestor said...

I think he's slated to die!

We'll see. I've watched a lot of hawks over years. Runts can fool ya.

Quaestor said...

[The] non-runts look quite mature... pre-adult

Pre-juvenile. Redtails take a couple years to mature, sometimes more. These are eyasses, i.e. the dwellers in an eyrie. In their next stage they are known as branchers, when they have enough coordination and feathers to move with confidence beyond the nest. When they finally leave the nest and are flying competently they become passagers, meaning they are about to make the passage -- i.e. the first migration. Many raptors continue to share food with their passager offspring, redtails especially. Sometimes passagers help their parents hunt for the next generation siblings, though they have never been seen to do the actual feeding, or even approach the eyrie closer than a few dozen yards.

bagoh20 said...

Assassins dress in fluffy little jackets. They don't fool me for one second. I think that runt is eyeing up my spleen.

DanWillow said...

I find myself getting anxious watching them. I am always afraid they are going to fall off the ledge.

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, my wife agrees. She refuses to watch when I have the Hawk Cam on.

Meade said...

"Runts can fool ya."

It's true. Matter of fact I was the runt of my litter.

MadisonMan said...

and somebody else has apparently tried to rub out the word "RECALL."

It's had water spilled on it. (Looks around innocently)

There were three chicks last year, and one was also a runt, and they all three survived, even after one took a premature tumble from the nest.

I'm not sure why HawkCam wasn't such a sensation last year. It wasn't quite so much a close-up, but the same general thing. Funny how things work.

Saw an email today from someone watching that was concerned about the sun and was wondering if a building or tree had been taken down (No) so the nest was in full sun and the parent was panting "horribly". They wanted an artificial shade put up.

wyo sis said...

I care way too much about that runt!

Paco Wové said...

They wanted an artificial shade put up.

How did nature ever get along without us humans?

wyo sis said...

Just watched breakfast. The runt stayed back until the end and got a few shreds of meat and mom or dad took off with a small amount of what was left, maybe the head. Runt still foraging around in the nest for scraps. They are really getting too big for that nest!
If one of those eyasses disappears I'm going to have to get creative about what happened to it with my K-3 library watchers. Maybe, went to visit grandma? I just hope no child witnesses the ejection or death.

Alan said...

Wabbit season!