Affectionately named Stormy and Sunny by community vote, the pair of hawks that watch over the Wilma Chan Highland Hospital Campus are expected to begin nesting soon.
February 14, 2023 – Oakland, CA – Alameda Health System (AHS) has installed a live camera on the nest of Stormy and Sunny, the pair of red-tailed hawks who soar over the Wilma Chan Highland Hospital Campus.
The love birds have amused patients, staff and local bird enthusiasts for several seasons. They call out to each other in the iconic hawk-cries many will recognize from Western movies while flying over the hospital campus that has become their territory. Many patients delight in watching from their hospitals rooms as Stormy and Sunny swoop past windows to the internal courtyard below in chase of prey.
Red-tailed hawks are romantics who tend to mate in long-term, if not life-long, monogamous relationships. Last year, Stormy and Sunny raised chicks from their nest perched high in an evergreen tree near the historic entrance to the original Highland Hospital building on 14th Avenue in Oakland. Alameda Health System worked with predatory bird expert and wildlife ecologist Dr. Peter Sharpe to install a live-stream camera on the nest in the hopes that it will capture this year’s hatchlings.
According to Dr. Sharpe, “They are likely to begin nesting in March and typically lay up to four eggs that hatch in about 28 to 35 days. Once they hatch, the chicks are cared for in the nest until they take their first flight at about 6 weeks of age.”
You can live-stream Stormy & Sunny’s Alameda Health System (AHS) Hawk Camera here.
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