American Kestrel Partnership : General Discussion

This is the main community site for the American Kestrel Partnership. This site is intended to foster discussion amongst partners. Feel free to discuss anything about kestrels, nestboxes, or the Partnership here. 

The community site is monitored intermittently by AKP staff members. If you have a question for an AKP staff member, please send an email directly to kestrelpartnership@peregrinefund.org

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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.

We at Prescott Audubon Society and Prescott Creeks Partnership in Prescott AZ have four active kestrel nest boxes in our first season of our project.

[Archive post from the old site - Original author: Matt Giovanni]

Hi There, 

Help! My nest box is getting many ants! Is this normal or dangerous for the chicks (8 & 9 days old now). My video from overnight indicates they appeared sometime in the later afternoon yesterday and were in the box and very active since then.

Several years ago I put a nest box in my yard, and never had any occupants until the last few days.

In January I noticed some Kestrel activity around my nest box so I decided to take it down and change out the wood shavings.  While taking it down an egg dropped out and broke.  Not knowing what to do we changed out the nest material and put

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