American Kestrel Partnership : General Discussion

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Hi All, The female Kestrel was spotted on March 26/2018 8:00am

Link to for more info.

Hi All, Our Male Kestrel has been spotted near our 2 nest boxes @ 7:07pm March 23/2018.

I have a question about the possibility of American Kestrels marking their chosen nest boxes with white wash to claim possession.

It's almost that time of year again! To tune in to the Kestrel Webcams. I have a new job that won't let me watch as much as I want to, but I'll be here as much as possible!


Hello everyone! When we first moved to our new house in July 2017 in Arraijan, Panama, the first bird we saw was a kestrel on our street.

The past couple of days have seen a marked increase in kestrel activity in and around the nest box.

We've had some reports of Kestrel activity on and around a previously unused nest box that we set over a year ago. There seem to be a pair perching and hunting on and around this box.

Here is an article that the magazine, Kentucky AField did on the American Kestrels and inside is an interview with Sarah Schulwitz, the director of the AKP.

Yay! First sighting of the male back to the box. I'm assuming that this is the same guy as last year. Is there any way to tell (did not get to band the adults last year)? Match spot patterns on the back with photos from last year? 

So do the 2018 observations go on the same form with the 2017 observations or is there a way to start a new form?