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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Nest Cam

Thanks for another season!

This past 2021 season, the red-tailed hawk mated pair, SU-Sue and Otto, nested in the west archway of Lyman Hall on the Syracuse University campus for the second year in a row. Last year, after eight years of nesting on the east side of Lyman Hall, the pair decided to build a new nest on the building’s opposite side.

On April 27, the first chick, A21, hatched, followed by the second, B21, on April 29. Juveniles A and B have fledged, meaning their feathers and wing muscles are sufficiently developed for flight.

Update:

On July 5th, 2021, Juvenile A was found on the campus grounds by Tripti Bhattacharya, Thonis Family Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, unable to fly due a shoulder injury from hitting a window on the Heroy Geology Lab building.

Bhattacharya contacted the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety, who reached out to alumna and nest cam donor Anne Marie Higgins. Higgins and DeAnn Buss, a Syracuse University Libraries retiree, took the injured hawk to the Janet Swanson Wildlife Hospital in Ithaca, NY.

After six days at the wildlife hospital and four additional days at Cindy Page’s wildlife rehabilitation center in Manlius, Juvenile A was reunited with his family at Oakwood Cemetery on July 15, 2021.

Media Coverage of Juvenile A's release at Oakwood Cemetery:

NewsChannel 9 story (July 2021)

CNY Central story (July 2021)

Spectrum News story (July 2021)

Syracuse Post-Standard Newspaper article (July 2021)

To keep up with the hawk family’s daily activities, check Red-Tailed Hawk Tales on Facebook.

About the Syracuse University Red-Tailed Hawks

SU-Sue and Otto have been nesting at Syracuse University since 2012. Their year-round hunting territory covers Syracuse University and the adjacent campus of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the nearby Oakwood and Morningside cemeteries, Thornden Park and neighborhoods close to the University. You can keep tabs on their adventures at Red-Tailed Hawk Tales on Facebook.

The Syracuse University red-tailed hawk nest cam was funded through a generous donation from Anne Marie Higgins in loving memory of her husband, the Honorable Thomas W. Higgins, Jr., who died on November 7, 2009, just 18 days after being diagnosed with leukemia. Anne Marie and Thomas (aka "Tim") were avid bird watchers, and hawks were their favorite raptor.

Aerial view of Lyman Hall noting the location of the red-tailed hawk camera.
Starting in early spring, SU-Sue and Otto nest in an archway on the west side of Lyman Hall.

Media Coverage

On March 20, 2017, the SU Red-Tailed Hawk Nest Cam was officially launched, featuring a continuous 24/7 LIVE online video and audio stream.