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I'm wondering how all of the young Kestrels get to eat when the larger ones stay in the window and usually are the ones being fed when mom brings food.  How do the smaller ones get to eat?

Does anyone know approximate dates of nest initiation and hatching for kestrels in northwest Wyoming? 

looks like a bird

The male chick had a less than graceful entry into the outside world. He leaned out. One wing out, another wing out & then whoops! Out he went.

Our kestrel parents are staying really busy, keeping their five chicks fed. We see a variety of things being brought in, mostly birds, though we did see Pa kestrel bring in a snake.

Just checked on our 3 chicks. They are almost fully feathered at 24 days of age. Sadly my last look to avoid frightening them into fledging too soon. There are 2 females & a male. Both adults were screaming their displeasure at my intrusion.

I was just watching the mom trying to feed the chicks.  They were grabbing the food from her and fighting over it:  Tug of war big time.  She had to grab it back in order to tear off small enough pieces that they could swallow.