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June 5/2014 all of our 5 eggs have hatched. Ma & Pa Kestrels are now working hard to feed the chicks. We now have our Kest 2 nest box live cam running. The live cam is not great but better than nothing.


I just wanted to pass on my experience with the nestcam setup I'm using for my nest box. I've gone through several network cameras and this is the best one, for the price, I've used so far.

Make/Model: VIVOTEK FD8151V

Nest name with apostrophe causes fatal error in observations app.

Just a note to say, using a small mirror I noted we had chicks today. Hoping to get a better look and count later, but we did have five eggs, as of 5-16-14. Pretty cool to see this much activity the first year of mounting the box in our backyard.

Just checked on our active nest. Both adults were inside the box when I climbed up. Female flew out, male stayed inside while I looked. Saw 3 chicks. There were 5 eggs, maybe someone was under the male?

I am watching the cam on the kestrel in the box on top of the research library for the first time.  I notice that she wiggles every few minutes...why is that?

I have had approximately 50% occupancy in my kestrel houses until this year.  It seems like it is down by quite a bit.  I have over 2600 houses installed in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Ben Dover