Two-minute video posted to the YouTube channel of Cornell Labs Bird Cams, March 26, 2021:
"Big Red Lays First Egg in #CornellHawks Nest – March 26, 2021"
"Better late than never! After spending some time on the nest this morning, Big Red returned midday to hunker down and lay her first egg for the 2021 breeding season at 12:51 PM ET. She chose a windy day to do it, with wind speeds reaching over 40 mph in the Ithaca, New York. Watch highlights of Big Red as she lays the egg, protects it from the wind, and rolls the egg in the nest bowl.
March 26 marks the second latest date (behind March 28 in 2015) that Big Red has laid her first egg since the Cornell Hawks cam was installed in 2012. Red-tailed Hawks tend to lay eggs every other day, but Big Red typically lays an egg every three days until the clutch is complete, so be on the lookout for a second egg in the next 48–72 hours.
Watch live at allaboutbirds.org/cornellhawks
A Red-tailed Hawk pair has been nesting above Cornell University’s athletic fields since at least the 2012, making use of two different light towers for their nest sites. In 2012 and 2015, they used a tower near Fernow Hall, and in 2013, 2014, and 2016, they used the tower nearest Weill Hall. We installed cameras at both of these sites to get a better look at the intimate behavior of these well-known birds as they raise their young amid the bustle of a busy campus."