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Nest Cam

Nest Cam Soars Again

We are excited to announce the nest cam's back for a new season. This year, the red-tailed hawk mated pair, SU-Sue and Otto, are nesting in the west archway of Lyman Hall on the Syracuse University campus. Last year, after eight years of nesting in one location on the east side of Lyman Hall, the pair decided to build a new home on the building’s opposite side. As of March 26, the hawks have finished restoring and have completed the clutch of three eggs. Hatches are expected during the last two weeks of April.

This live stream shows the everyday lives of red-tailed hawks in a natural setting. You will see a range of normal hawk behaviors, including feeding. Please view with discretion, as certain images could be upsetting to some viewers.

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.
On campus and want to catch an in-person glimpse of SU-Sue and Otto? Their nest is located in an archway on the west side of Lyman Hall. But remember to never disturb a hawk if you encounter it on the ground.

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.