Our banding season starts Monday, but we have hatch going on at several of our nests. Here’s a rundown on who’s hatched, who has yet to hatch, and other nest events! Falcons spend a lot less time in the nest than eagles, so be sure to check them out now! American Kestrels Four kestrels hatched on May 22 and one hatched on May 23. Watch the kestrels while you can – they fledge between 28 and 31 days of age!
In 2018, we partnered with Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Neil Rettig Productions on a KestrelCam. The little kestrels were extremely funny to watch as the squabbled over food, played in the nest box, and interacted with one another. They were small but filled with boundless energy and more than willing to eat, or try to eat, food that was much larger (and longer) than they were! Although we liked everything about the kestrels, this was a favorite moment for
Turn back the clock with the 2018 American Kestrel cam and watch a breeding pair of kestrels raise four chicks in their nest box on a private property near Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. Thanks to our cam partners at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Neil Rettig Productions for working with us to provide this window inside the lives of North America’s littlest falcon! Cornell has more kestrel videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJZ8Lf9KIx66NrCz2czAMb1y5QzkK_eg.
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,