Birdwatching in Panama and worldwide

This video is called Some nice birds along Pipeline Road in Panama.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Dear Cornell Lab Friend,

Thanks to the worldwide birding community, May 9 was a remarkable and historic day—the first Global Big Day for bird conservation.

More than 12,500 birders in 117 countries joined our “Big Day” team by entering their checklists at, achieving a global total of more than 5,800 species on a single day—more than half of the world’s bird species!

On Global Big Day, the Cornell Lab’s Team Sapsucker explored tropical rainforests, wetlands, and highlands of their host country, Panama. With logistic support from Canopy Tower Lodge and the tremendous skills of Panamanian teammate Carlos Bethancourt, they found 320 species, a team record.

The team reveled in the astounding species diversity, including a life bird, Rufous Nightjar, singing in the dark; the whoosh of air on their faces as a Spectacled Owl flew past; Pheasant Cuckoo, Emerald Tanager, Rufous-crested Coquette, and 39 species of flycatchers! Even more important, the team established numerous partnerships with conservation organizations in Panama, elevating awareness about ecotourism and bird conservation all across that amazing country.

In New Jersey’s World Series of Birding, our student team, The Redheads, won the Urner Stone Cup for the highest statewide total with 208 species, and the Big Stay award with 71 species.

Cornell red-tailed hawks nest update

This video from the USA says about itself:

Red-Tailed Hawk vs. Rattler

In the scorching desert sky, a hawk spies prey — a venomous rattler! Who wins out in this battle of the predators?

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

May 6, 2015

Two hatched out, one to go…

As thousands of viewers watched, the second egg hatched in the nest of Red-tailed Hawks Big Red and Ezra during the afternoon of May 5. Viewers were captivated as Ezra stood over the hatchling, tenderly removing excess material from the egg as the hatchling emerged (watch highlight).

Our first nestling, F1, has already received several meals over the last 48 hours (watch highlight). Now downy and fresh, F1 appears twice as large as the egg that contained it just a few days ago. The third egg should hatch in the next couple days—don’t miss the chance to see it happen live! Watch now.

Young red-tailed hawk hatched in Cornell, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

18 April 2012

See what it took to bring live streaming video of a pair of Red-tailed Hawks on Cornell’s campus. The technical crew worked day and night to install the cams early in the nesting season, before the hawks laid their eggs on a light tower 70 feet above an athletic field. To see the live feed during the nesting season, go to

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

May 4, 2015

Hatch Alert!

Under the cover of the predawn darkness, viewers of the Cornell Hawks‘ cam were the first welcome a new nestling hawk to the world. Big Red was incubating at the time, and while sightings of the nestling were difficult, she could be seen pulling pieces of broken eggshell from beneath her. As morning’s light arrived, we got our first glimpse of the hatchling, looking downy and bobbling energetically beneath its parents (watch highlight.)

Cornell red-tailed hawks about to hatch

This video from the USA is called Cornell [Red-tailed] Hawks [at their nest] Highlights 2014.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

May 1, 2015

Hawk Hatch Alert!

Spring is in the air here in Ithaca, New York, and that can mean only one thing: baby birds! Our Cornell Red-tailed Hawks have been an exciting addition to our springtime birding over the last four years, giving us new opportunities to learn about and enjoy the daily lives of a hawk family perched high above the Cornell campus. Now they’re poised to bring a fourth set of young hawks into the world.

Since our first year broadcasting this nest, the hawks’ eggs have hatched around 35-39 days after being laid. This year’s first egg was laid on March 28, and today we’re 34 days into the incubation period. Submit your guess as to when the first downy hatchling will be seen on cam and you could win an embroidered Cornell Lab stadium blanket, perfect for spring outings.

You can comment and keep up with the day-to-day happenings on our cams on the Bird Cams Facebook page and on the Cornell Hawks Twitter Feed.

Thank you for watching and good luck!

Watch the Hawks Now

How many redpoll species exist?

This video from England says about itself:

Arctic Redpoll – Aldeburgh, Suffolk, 13 December 2012

16 December 2012

As a species, Arctic Redpoll is no longer considered an official rarity in Britain. However, that’s only because the subspecies exilipes (Coues’s Arctic Redpoll) has occurred in increasing numbers in recent years – including in some notable influxes.

The nominate form hornemanni (Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll), from Greenland and adjacent Canada, remains a true rarity and is still treated as such (just 90 records by the end of 2011). Mainland occurrences of Hornemann’s in Britain have been non-existent, or almost so, until 2012; after an earlier belatedly identified bird in Norfolk in the autumn, this individual in Suffolk found its way onto many lists, including mine. Filmed in HD using a Canon EOS 7D with EF 500 mm F4 lens and 1.4x extender. Thanks to Ed for his help with the editing of this clip.

This video says about itself:

Coues’ Arctic Redpoll (Carduelis hornemanni exilipes) HD

20 February 2012

The Arctic Redpoll (Carduelis hornemanni), known in North America as the Hoary Redpoll, is a bird species in the finch family Fringillidae. It breeds in tundra birch forest. It has two subspecies, C. h. hornemanni (Greenland or Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll) of Greenland and neighbouring parts of Canada, and C. h. exilipes (Coues’s Arctic Redpoll), which breeds in the tundra of northern North America and Eurasia. Many birds remain in the far north; some birds migrate short distances south in winter, sometimes travelling with Common Redpolls.

The Greenland race is a very large and pale bird, with the male sometimes described as a “snowball”, but both forms are pale with small beaks, white rumps and often more yellow than grey-brown tones in their plumage. The females are more streaked on their breasts, sides and rumps, but are still pale.

The binomial commemorates the Danish botanist Jens Wilken Hornemann.

The phylogeny has been obtained by Antonio Arnaiz-Villena et al.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

How Many Species of Redpolls Are There, Anyway?

Redpolls are tiny, incredibly hardy arctic finches. For most of us, they are longed-for visitors that show up at feeders every few years. When they do, there’s always the hope of finding a pale Hoary Redpoll among the brown, streaky Common Redpolls. But a new look at these birds’ DNA could change all that. Despite differing appearances, they are genetically almost identical. How can that be? Read the full story here.

Red-tailed hawks in Cornell, USA, first egg

This video from the USA about red-tailed hawks says about itself:

CornellRTHA Cam ‘Finally We Have First Egg of 2015 11:38 am

28 March 2015

Hooray! We have the first egg of 2015. BR revealed the egg @ approximately 11:38 am. Congratulations to BR & EZ.

You can see it as she turns about 2:50 minutes in the video.

Camera Host: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

First Egg of the Year for Cornell Hawks

Big Red laid her first egg this year on March 28, 2015, just before 12:00 P.M. EDT. The new nest is not on the same light pole as last year; Big Red and Ezra renovated the nest at the pole where they nested in 2012. We should expect a possible second egg in the next 2–3 days, if previous seasons are anything to go by, and then maybe a third 2–3 days after that. Meanwhile, Ezra will continue to bring food for Big Red as incubation continues. Don’t miss a thing! Watch live now.

Cornell Hawks Live Chat

The live chat on the Cornell Hawks cam will launch in the coming weeks. We’re excited to share that this year we will be using a new pop-out chat tool called Chatroll to increase stability and chat performance. Until chat opens, and throughout the season, we welcome you to leave comments in the News section of the website or, if you have a Twitter account, you can also ask questions by tweeting @cornellhawks. Looking forward to another season!

Cornell red-tailed hawks on webcam again

This video from the USA is called 2014 04 30 163341 Cornell hawks 7 30 pm feeding.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Cornell’s most watched Red-tailed Hawks, Big Red and Ezra, have returned to begin breeding. This year they are investing in their 2012 nest site, located about 200 meters from their nest of the last two years. A last-minute effort to get a new set of cams up on the old site required coordination from staff across campus, and the good news is that the installation was successful. Watch cam.

We typically don’t launch new cams on Fridays, because we have fewer resources to fix any issues that might arise over the weekend. However, it’s entirely possible that Big Red will lay her first egg soon, and we want you to have the best chance of seeing it happen. They’ve been visiting the nest off and on over the last week, and have been spotted mating atop nearby structures.

Chat will reopen in the coming weeks—till then, stay tuned to the cam as Big Red and Ezra prepare for the coming season. Thanks for watching!