American Kestrel Partnership : General Discussion

This is the main community for the American Kestrel Partnership. Feel free to discuss anything about kestrels, nestboxes or the Partnership here.

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Hello all,

Well, beloved spouse Randy and I have mounted 2 nest boxes which Randy made in his work shop using the Art Gingert design. The boxes are beautiful, bulky and weigh between 12 and 15 pounds.

Does the Peregrine Fund have a recommended Kestrel nest box design?  I'm sure I can find resources on line, but though I'd check first to see if you have recommendations.  Also, how large a field is required to attract and sustain a pair of Kestrels? 

Hi, I am new to this group. I joined because I wanted to share something we have done to make our kestrels happier and stick around more. I hope this hasn’t already been posted before.

Well, folks, today was the day!  I have met little miss Sienna, the youngest of the American Kestrels at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.

Hi everyone, I would like to know what kind of camera do you use in the nest boxes? and what recommendations can you give me.

"Our" Kestrels (in Benicia, CA, in the San Francisco Bay Area) hatched around May 10th, and the adults have been regularly bringing food, etc. The chicks are now quite vocal, but are not yet peaking out of the box.

I am noticing that right after the young Kestrels fledge they seem to leave the area. I rarely see any young or adults

around the boxes and am interested if some of you notice the same thing.

Came home today to find an empty box!  My female 27- and male 28-day old kestrel chicks have done their thing and flown the coop. Nothing left in the box but the limp south-bound end of a once north-bound lizard.

We are past the mid-point of the Central Oregon Kestrel season. We have 11 boxes yet to band and the last two will be on July 20. We have had 52 active boxes, which is about average for us.