American Kestrel Partnership : General Discussion

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Screen shot taken 4/30/2015.

We use wood chips as bedding material when installing new boxes or cleaning old ones. Starlings typically don't tolerate wood chips and remove them prior to bringing in their preferred grasses.

I've had a nest box for three years with kestrels the past two years. Next year I would like to purchase a web camera to allow live streaming to those who wish to watch as the Birds of Prey is doing. Any suggestions on cameras. Thanks. Mike

I am wondering when to expect Kestrels to begin nesting in SW Montana. I assume it will be later than in the Boise area.

This is my third year for a nest box and second year with nesting kestrels. The first year I battled with starlings and finally gave up and took the nest down. Last year 5-6 chicks fledged and the pair are back this year.


I noticed that the kestrel cam stopped updated. It's supposed to be streaming live, now, according to the message but it isn't.