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Red-Tailed Hawks Nesting at NYU

Just when the city had started to calm down after Bronx Zoo’s Cobra was captured, two new animals have stepped up to take its place. Meet Violet and Bobby, two red-tailed hawks who have nested on the 12th floor windowsill of NYU President John E. Sexton.

Violet and Bobby tend to their nest via Christopher James/NYU

The two hawks nested on the building a few weeks ago, and NYU has set up a live webcam pointed at their nest so we can all keep track of the progress of their eggs until they hatch. You can also join in on the fun and follow @NYURedtailHawks on Twitter.

Watch live streaming video from nytnestcam at livestream.com

Follow the story at the New York Times’ Hawk Cam page, which has screenshots and updates about all the events in Violet and Bobby’s lives, including the birth of their first chick!

Red-tailed hawks are the largest hawks in the city, and they have been spotted quite often, including Tompkins Square Park, Riverside Park, Fifth Avenue, and Central Park.

Update

Pip, the baby hawk, flew on her own on June 23, 2011, so now the nest and the webcam feed will be pretty uneventful. You can keep up with all the NYU hawk updates on the New York Times Hawk Watch page and also watch the updates and videos on the Urban Hawks blog.

The Washington Square hawks may return next year to the same nest, and you can bet we will all be on the lookout for them!

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