Some Birds I Have Seen On Our
Rutgers University Camden Campus

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Red-tailed Hawk

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Frame clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at BSB (January 5, 2007). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

 


Red-tailed Hawk

The following two photos were taken by Jim from his office in the Fine Arts building looking out toward the parking lot behind the Business & Sciences building and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  You can see a Red-tailed Hawk sitting on a power pole and in flight.  These shots were taken on December 21, 2004.


Photos taken with LG camera/phone.   That is the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the background.

Professor Jane Siegel sent me this report on a Red-tailed sighting.   "Jon'a Meyer told me I should share this with you because you're the keeper of campus bird sightings. I was telling her today (Thursday, the 23rd) that I've discovered an additional joy of having windows in our new offices: I spotted a big beautiful red-tailed hawk (at least I think it was a red-tailed) swooping around right between the library and campus center this afternoon. I first noticed him when he took off from a tree and swooped low towards Armitage. Then he came and landed in a tree right near the flag poles. I hurried out to look at him and when I approached the tree he took off and landed on a small tree right next to the library. He stayed a bit and then headed off to another perch between the library and law school. What a wonderful treat on this miserable rainy day!"   

 

  
Photos taken with Panasonic GS-15 mini DV in SD mode

On Friday February 25, 2005, I finally saw the hawk.  It was some distance from the back parking lot.  My Mockingbirds were also watching this display.
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As I was leaving the BSB building on September 26, 2005 at about 6:15 PM I saw a pair of Doves fly into one of the trees behind BSB.  I stopped to watch them for a second when suddenly a Hawk swooped in any attempted to catch one of the Doves.  I think my being there upset the strike of the Hawk because it missed and it flew off into the trees in front of the gym.  At one point in the action the Hawk was only about fifteen feet away from me because it had flown down to about six feet off the ground and was between me and the Doves.
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Red-tailed Hawk at BSB

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Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  behind BSB (December 22, 2005). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

Late in the afternoon of December 22, 2005 I noticed a large shape in one of the big trees that separates the two parking lots behind the BSB building.  I stepped out into the parking lot and saw that it was the Red-tailed Hawk sitting in the tree and there was a second one leisurely flying above the tree.  The images above were pulled from the tape.
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About 2:30 Thursday afternoon of December 28, 2005, as I walked out the back door of the BSB building, I saw a Hawk in the trees that separate the two parking lots.  As I walked toward it, it flew into the small tree on the edge of the far parking lot and then took off and flew toward the vacant lot behind the church where I lost sight of it.
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About 3pm on January 4, 2006 I saw the Hawk sitting in the largest tree between the two parking lots at BSB.
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Coming into work on February 16, 2006 I saw the Hawk sitting in the large buttonwood tree across the street from the west side of BSB.  One of my Mockingbirds was down the street across from the parking lot but it didn't come to me looking for raisons.  I think most birds in the area were keeping a low profile.
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Red-tailed Hawk at Law School

Around lunch time Friday May 26, 2006 I captured some video of the Hawk being attacked by Crows.

Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at the Law School (May 26, 2006). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.
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Red-tailed Hawk at Johnson Park/Walt Whitman Center



Digital pictures from Panasonic GS-19  at Johnson Park/Walt Whitman Center (December 29, 2006). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.


Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at Johnson Park/Walt Whitman Center (December 29, 2006). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

On Friday afternoon about 3 PM December 29, 2006, I saw a Red-tailed Hawk in one of the large trees at Johnson Park where the Walt Whitman Center is located.  Also in the area was a Cooper's Hawk.  Both birds tolerated me filming them.  I was able to get shots from different angles.  I was also able to get some digital photos along with the video.

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Red-tailed Hawk at Johnson Park/Walt Whitman Center with squirrel
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The squirrel is down and to the right of the Hawk  (on a diagonal).
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Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at Johnson Park/Walt Whitman Center (January 3, 2007). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

On January 3, 2007 I captured some images of the Red-tail in the trees at Johnson Park.  There were a couple of squirrels harassing it.  You can see one in the first image and on the video.  A second one was on the right side out of camera range.

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Red-tailed Hawk at BSB
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Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at BSB (January 5, 2007). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

Late in the afternoon on Friday January 5, 2007 I taped this hawk on the power pole across the street from BSB - the west side.

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Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  from my office (January 8, 2007). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

Monday January 8, 2007 was a very rainy day.  Sometime in the middle of the morning I looked out my office window and saw this Red-tailed Hawk across the street form BSB.  I got out my camera and got these shots through my office window.

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Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at BSB (January 8, 2007). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

After seeing the Hawk from my office I went out and got these shots.  The bird was watching some Pigeons across the street.

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Digital image from Panasonic GS-85 at BSB (March 13, 2007).

On Monday March 13, 2007 I captured this image of the Red-tailed Hawk in the buttonwood across the street from BSB (the west side). 


Digital image from Panasonic GS-85 at Admissions  (April 2, 2007).

I heard that the Hawks were nesting in the large buttonwood tree between Admissions and the College Center.  Here's the nest.  I'm guessing it's the Red-tail and not Coopers but we will see this summer.

 

On December 10, 2007, around mid-morning, I received a call from someone in the Science Building saying that there was a large bird in one of the trees next to the building.  I walked over and was able to get these great pictures of a Red-tailed Hawk. 
 
Digital images from Panasonic GS-85 at Science  (December 10, 2007).  Mouse click on pictures to see photo array.
 

Mouse click here to see video clip of this Hawk.

 

On Sunday December 30, 2007 I came into work early in the morning to check on my servers.  While I was there I walked over to the student center and spotted a Red-tailed Hawk in a buttonwood tree between the Admissions Building and the Robeson Library.

 

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