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Stay Alert: Hawk Chicks Fledging Their Bowne Hall Nest
If you have walked around campus lately, you may have noticed four hawk chicks perched on their nest in the north-facing archway of Bowne Hall. Their parents, SU-Sue and Otto, are the mated hawk pair who have called the Syracuse University campus home since 2012.
In the coming weeks, the four chicks will be fledging, which means they will leave the nest and become juvenile hawks. Alumna Anne Marie Higgins, who generously provides funding for cameras which track the hawk family’s activities, offers tips for anyone on campus who may encounter the juveniles on the University grounds.
Higgins explains that normal behaviors for the juvenile hawks include screeching loudly for food; walking or running on the ground or along rooftops; flying high and low; perching on trees, ledges, window sills, gutters and rooftops on one leg or two; pouncing on sticks, mulch, rocks, each other and prey (food provided by their parents); and eating insects on the ground or in trees—all a part of learning how to hunt, fend for themselves and live on their own.
It is important to keep a fair distance from a juvenile on the ground. Do not assume it cannot fly or is injured. Observe the hawk’s behavior for a few minutes and it may walk or fly away.
If there is concern or if one is injured, do not touch the hawk, call the Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224.