American Kestrels and Blogs

Hatch watch for the kestrels!

April 18, 2019: Female kestrel in the nest box

We’re on hatch watch at the American Kestrel nest! The incubation period for American Kestrels ranges between 26 and 32 days, meaning at day 29 of incubation, this pair’s eggs are primed to hatch at any moment! You can watch them here: or here:

May 13, 2019: Nestflix!

May 13, 2019: D32 and D33

Nestflix! Tonight’s mega-roll includes videos from Decorah, Decorah North, Great Spirit Bluff, and the Wisconsin Kestrel nest box! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did – and don’t miss the tug-o-fish, D33 standing and walking on its feet, the interactions between DN9 and both North parents, the bone swallowing (how did that fit!), and the videos from GSB and the WI kestrels! Decorah Eagles 5/12/19: Tug o’ War for the tail! It’s pretty easy to tell

April 29, 2019: Nestflix and News

Day 25: Casting up a pellet

We’ve got your Nestflix from Decorah and the kestrel nestbox! I liked all of these videos, but don’t miss Mom covering the eaglets with grasses, D32’s enormous pellet, the Sibling Sunday and Eaglet antics videos, and the kestrel shift change. While we still see some dominance interactions, the eaglets are also busy playing with nest materials, preening, watching one another and their parents, and tracking objects in and around the nest. They aren’t standing yet, but their footpads and tarsi

April 18, 2019: News and Nestflix!

04/18/19: Eaglets

News We have yet another new egg – this time at the kestrel nest box! We had just turned the camera on this morning when she went into egg layer and quickly delivered egg number one. She should lay three to four more eggs, usually a day apart, until she completes the clutch. We may her on the eggs once in a while, but she won’t go into full incubation until the penultimate egg is laid – very similar to

The kestrels have laid their first egg!

April 18. 2019: First kestrel egg!

After talking with Cornell, we made the decision to turn the kestrelcam back on this morning – just in time to see the kestrels lay their first egg! She will most likely lay four to five eggs, with one coming every other day. Full-time incubation probably won’t start until the second to last egg in the clutch – much like peregrine falcons. Hatch will start roughly 26 to 32 days after the eggs are laid and the young kestrels will fledge

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