Baby Hawk's Birth Captured by Camera at NYU
MANHATTAN — Two baby hawks were born at NYU this weekend in a nest outside college president John Sexton's 12th floor office window.
The first red-tailed hawk, named Kiku Bobst by online fans, became a celebrity the moment it hatched on Friday thanks to a camera pointed at the nest and broadcast on the Hawk Cam channel of the website Livestream.
“Baby Hawk in the Nest,” New York Times reporter Emily Rueb tweeted shortly after Kiku was born. “One in the nest, 2 eggs to go!”
“Stay warm little ones!” wrote Abigail Wahl.
The second hawk was born Saturday morning, PIX 11 reported. It has not yet been named.
The Hawk Cam chatroom was buzzing Saturday morning as a baby hawk emerged from beneath its mother, who fans named Rosie, and began feeding.
“Breakfast!” wrote user AmazedTR.
“Amazed, I am pretty sure she has been eating each hour or so,” Sandz wrote.
“Isn't this wonderful?” wrote khpipwatcher.
The Hawk Cam originally set up by the New York Times let urban dwellers observe the birds among them.
When the newspaper announced it would not continue the tradition, NYU opted to take on the project, borrowing camera equipment from the Times.
“We are very fortunate to have such opportunity to witness up-close particular hawk behavior otherwise impossible and how different their behavior is to the country hawk, how intelligent they are,” said frequent Hawk Cam watcher Winged Things.
All eyes are on the remaining egg in Rosie's nest.
Rosie became the male hawk Bobby's latest mate after his previous mate, Violet, died of an apparent heart attack following surgery in December 2011, as DNAinfo.com New York first reported.
Rosie's previous spawn hatched on camera in April 2012. Fans named the chicks Boo and Scout.