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General Discussion : 2017 KestrelCam Discussion

Hello! Welcome to the 2017 KestrelCam season!

We're back with a great camera courtesy of Bosch, and a new streaming platform on Youtube. If you notice a problem with streaming, try refreshing the page and restarting the streams. If you have technical issues or any other kind of issue, please use the contact staff link to get assistance. Please feel free to report any spam or disrespect to AKP staff.

Remember to be respectful and courteous to other viewers, and enjoy the show!

Stay on the lookout for live chats this year, every Tuesday and Thursday at noon MST. I'll be chatting with everyone to answer any and all questions.

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-Delora Hilleary

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TerriFla's picture

Yay! I am so glad to be back this year. Can't wait to watch with my class again!

Jill from MN's picture

This year's opportunites to watch even sooner will teach me a lot!   I'm really looking forward to the cams.  

mcaldwell's picture

A Kestrel pair is laying claim to our nesting box and have been sitting on the box daily as well as hunting in the surrounding fields here in Peyton, Colorado.  Boise chicks have fledged ahead of us the past three seasons.  Spring is evident so I am predicting eggs on the KestrelCam by first week of April 2017.  

Minot's picture

Is it possible to get an email notification when the KestrelCam is up and running?

Delorahilleary's picture

Hi Minot! I will be posting here once the cams are up - which will give everyone an email :)

NM-Kestrel-Laura's picture

Yay! So excited to have our first-ever over-night stay by a kestrel in the box. We had no takers on the box last year, so we moved it to a different location on the property. One month later, bingo. I'm also excited that it is a male, hoping that he will be able to lure a female to lay her eggs here.

NM-Kestrel-Laura's picture

Oops. Did I post that last one in the wrong place? New to this--sorry! 

Delorahilleary's picture

Nah, we're always fine with seeing how other boxes are doing! It's all good! Our male is currently wooing a female to the box as well while we do cam testing.

Delorahilleary's picture

Good morning everyone!
I'm pleased to announce the KestrelCams page is now live! Courtship is in full swing, and the female has been roosting in the nest box at night. Any predictions on when the first egg will show up? We will all certainly find out!

If you notice any issues or problems, feel free to shoot me a personal message or email kestrelpartnership@peregrinefund.org. I'll hold our first live chat tomorrow (3/14/2017) at noon MST.

Let's get kestreling!

-Delora Hilleary

TerriFla's picture

Can we get the link set up to see recent comments at the top? Thanks.

TerriFla's picture

Yay! The cameras are on!

Jill from MN's picture

The male was on the box ledge for ten minutes calling out to the female.  I still hear him call somewhere nearby.

Delorahilleary's picture

We're watching for that first egg. It could happen anytime :)

Jill from MN's picture

Is it raining?   I see raindrops in the nest box as the female sits in there.   Just after 8:00 pm Boise time.

 

Delorahilleary's picture

Radar says no, but I definitely had some dark clouds and little sprinkles on the way home. We're definitely in for some rain tomorrow - it's been very wet winter and a rather wet spring so far!

Jill from MN's picture

Thank you, Delora, for your answer about the rain.   Could have been something about pixels with the camera, too, I was thinking.

Today I managed to see the female in the box during my lunch hour, just before she left.  I wonder if she's looking for her mate before she decides to fly off.   A few evenings ago after I saw the male on the nest box ledge, the female eventually zoomed into the box with a resolute little chitter.  (Love the audio.)   Hope I see the kestrels at least a few more times, perhaps even together, before she settles down and lays her eggs.  First day of spring!

A sign of good hunting to come, all that rain will bring insects for the nestlings.

Jill from MN's picture

On the bedding material this year:  I wonder if there might be too much in the nest box this year, actually.  I have seen the female kicking it behind her like snow being plowed rather than seeing a scrape in the box - a funny sight.  But the new chicks will be so tiny I hope they don't get lost....

Delorahilleary's picture

It entertains me when the male or female end up with little flecks of bedding on their back after scooping a scrape, haha! Worry not, I actually put in the same level of bedding as I did last year. By the time the chicks hatch, it will be fairly flattened from getting sat on so much during incubation. Right now, the digging and re-digging of scrapes seems to just be fluffing the stuff.

It's much more of a danger to have eggs laid on bare wood :)

Jill from MN's picture

Hi, Delora!   Always nice to see something from you.  Thanks for the reassuring details on how the bedding gets broken in!   It truly adds more to nest box watching this year to start earlier, during mating season.   I look forward to seeing the mom-to-be getting broody... 

Wish I had lunch time during chat!  : ....(

Delorahilleary's picture

Hiya everyone!
We have added the link to the intro of this thread that lets you view the newest comments on top!

You can click here also.

Cheers!

TerriFla's picture

Windy out there. Thanks for the link for newest posts!

TerriFla's picture

No one has been home all day  :(

 

Delorahilleary's picture

I saw the male perch in the entrance once, but indeed, I haven't seen anyone since the female left this morning. I couldn't really blame them, however...it's sunny and warm out. I wanted to leave the office and wander myself!

TerriFla's picture

Are there extra holes cut in the box this year? It seems more wind is getting in.

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