Saturday, August 30, 2014 · 10:25 a.m.
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This is a captive red-tailed hawk, but in the the wild, it is probably the most common hawk. If you’ve got sharp eyes, you’ll see several individuals with their distinct red tails on almost any long car ride, soaring above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. (Photo: Richard Simms)

Lots of folks are sorely disappointed by the failure of the Harrison Bay Eagle nest. Of course, they were looking forward to watching the eagles raise their young.

It's not close to home, but here is a great substitute.

Live Streaming Video: Nesting red-tailed hawks

A new nest camera high above a Cornell University athletic field is streaming crystal-clear views of a red-tailed Hawk nest via the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds website. The new camera stream puts viewers 80 feet off the ground and right beside the nest, where they can watch the hawks arrive, see them taking turns incubating the eggs and compare notes on the two birds—the male has a more golden-tawny face and is slightly smaller than the female, who has been nicknamed "Big Red" for her alma mater.

The nest should be active for at least the next two months. The parents have raised young here for at least the last four years. The pair now has two eggs, laid last Friday and on Monday, and they may lay a third. The birds will incubate for 28-35 days from the date the first egg is laid.

The site will be live 24 hours a day, and the video can be streamed in HD.

Enjoy the view!

Richard Simms is a contributing writer, focusing on outdoor sports.

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