New American Kestrel Cam!
We are so excited to announce a new partnership and a new cam! You can watch American Kestrels live on our website at raptorresource.org/birdcams/american-kestrels/ or on Cornell’s website at cams.AllAboutBirds.org/channel/58/American_Kestrels. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
The young birds began hatching out of their eggs on June 14th, and the remaining egg in the nest is unlikely to hatch at this point. Over the next 3-4 weeks the nestlings will transform from downy bobbleheads to sleek, dull versions of their parents on a diverse diet of invertebrates, small mammals, and birds (watch the female arrive to feed her young in the highlight below). After fledging, the young will continue to be cared for by their parents, remaining near the nest as they learn to hunt and master flight.
In general, the kestrels return to their box in February or March. Egg-laying begins in April or May, and eggs hatch roughly 26 to 32 days after they are laid. The young fledge between 28 and 31 days of age. Like peregrine falcons and bald eagles, American kestrel fledglings remain near the nest before dispersing in late summer. They eat invertebrates, small rodents, and birds including grasshoppers, cicadas, beetles, dragonflies, spiders, butterflies and moths, voles, mice, shrews, small songbirds, small snakes, lizards, and frogs. To learn more about American Kestrels, please visit our partner, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Kestrel/lifehistory.