As of this afternoon the Raptor Cam microphone is operational. Thanks to Frank and crew for getting things up and running. The following picture shows the location of the mic relative to the nest.
The hawks are now beyond their 2010 nesting date but earlier than 2007, 2008 and 2009. It is not surprising given the cold miserable weather that they might be delayed a bit. Red-tails are pretty variable in terms of when they initiate nesting. Some folks have expressed concern that they might choose a different location. In fact the hawks did nest a floor down from the current nest in 2008 and it is not uncommon for hawks to build alternative nests within their territories. However, given the activity that we have seen at this nest and the amount of work they are putting into it this season, I suspect we will see them nest on camera.