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UW-Madison "hawk cam" a worldwide sensation

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MADISON (WKOW) -- First it was the Decorah "eagle cam," now it is Madison's "hawk cam" that is gaining popularity worldwide.

Five red-tailed hawks -- two parents and three chicks -- living in a nest on a ledge of a University of Wisconsin-Madison building are featured on the web camera.

University officials set up a webcam last month, thinking the local community might enjoy watching the chicks develop. However, bird enthusiasts began sharing the web link, and now thousands of viewers are logging on every day from across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

The webcam provides a view of the nest and the downy-covered chicks. One or both parents are usually in the frame as well. If they're lucky, viewers might catch a glimpse of the parents serving up mice, rabbits or squirrels.

Click here to view the UW-Madison "hawk cam."

Click here to view Decorah, Iowa "eagle cam."

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