Cornell red-tailed hawks’ nest in 2014


This video from the USA says about itself:

17 September 2014

For over 100 days viewers watched the lives of a very special Red-tailed Hawk family nesting 80ft above an athletics field on a light pole at the Cornell University Campus in Ithaca, New York. For the third year we experienced what it takes for two devoted parents to raise three healthy young hawks in the wild.

Goshawk and buzzard quarrel about food, video


This video is about a goshawk and a buzzard quarreling about food.

The buzzard is unusually light-coloured.

Nicoline from the Netherlands made this video.

Old owl and falcon pellets, new research


This video is called Dissecting Owl Pellets – Mr. Wizard’s Challenge.

The Dutch Mammal Society reports today about a discovery in Naturalis museum in Leiden.

There, old boxes were found. It turned out that these boxes contained many pellets, leftovers of meals of owls, raptors and other predators. Most were decades old.

Translated from the report:

The pellets were from ten types of predators. Most items were from barn owls (24 items). The long-eared owl was second (11 items). Then were six kestrel items. Pellets from other predators were only sparsely represented. 23 small mammals were identified in the pellets. The most special finds were water shrew, bicoloured white-toothed shrew, root vole, European pine vole and occasional finds of hedgehog, black rat and garden dormouse. In addition, a small number of birds and a small number of insects were found.

The complete report is here.

Peregrine falcon’s off-season nest visit


This video, posted today on YouTube, is about an off-breeding season visit to a nestbox in Britain by female peregrine falcon ‘Charlie’.

This video is about the 2014 nesting season of Charlie and her partner Tom.

South African jackal buzzard’s nest saved


This video from South Africa is called Jackal Buzzard Male – Filmed by Greg Morgan.

From Wildlife Extra:

South African energy company re-routes electricity lines to save buzzard’s nest

A recent power outage affecting six towns near Vredendal, north of Cape Town in South Africa, was traced to a jackal buzzard that had made its nest in the wires and hatched two chicks.

Although jackal buzzards are not endangered, they play a vital role in the sensitive, arid landscape surrounding Vredendal, so engineers from the Eskom power company contacted the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) for assistance.

Although several suggestions were put forward on how to resolve the outage problem, one thought was common for both Eskom and the EWT – that the nest should not be removed.

It was decided that the best course of action, causing the least disturbance, would be to re-route the power line.

Eskom staff worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure that the new section of the line was up before dark, with Lourens Leeuwner from the EWT keeping a careful eye on the two chicks in the nest, as well as the adult buzzard to ensure that the bird did not abandon its young.

Once power was restored to the new section of line, all materials were packed up and the area was vacated.

The following morning Leeuwner returned to the site to find the adult bird sitting on the nest with the two chicks, which both appeared to be in good health.