American Kestrel Partnership : General Discussion

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I had a nest last year in my first box - pretty exciting. In the fall I took it down and cleaned it - left in garage all winter. A couple days a go it was nice so I put it up around 11am. Too my great surprise a pair had assumed ownership by 4pm.

Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) nest in a 10th floor window, with the first egg layed two days ago. It's their second season in this window, last year they had five chicks, all well raised.

Budapest, Hungary

I have a kestrel box that was used for several years. Last year it was not used and no kestrels were seen in the area. Has anyone tried using decoys (kestrels, mice, snakes or small birds) to try to attract them.

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I will be giving a talk about the AKP in Petoskey, MI! If you happen to be in that area, I hope to see you there!

I am hoping someone can give me some guidance on how close I can safely place Kestrel nest boxes to Bald Eagle or Red-tailed Hawk nests.