General Discussion : Winter Banded Kestrels

Hello everyone,

I have been banding Kestrels this winter in Maryland so be on the look out this spring if you have nestboxes north of MD for banded parents.  They are just USGS bands NOT color bands.  I have not had any kestrels breeding in my nestboxes and have seen low numbers of kestrels during the summer but plenty in the winter.  I began this study in hopes of finding out where these kestrels are going and if any are hanging around.  We are working on installing 2 MOTUS towers in my county and plan on putting some MOTUS tags on kestrels in the future. If you do catch a banded bird north of MD please report the band and you can always email me at



jonathan clarkson's picture

Hi Gene,

I have a project in western NY and I'm finding the exact opposite! Almost all of our boxes were occupied last year and all had 3-4 young mostly males. I have been wondering where our kestrels go in the winter. We typically only band the young but we can certainly try to band the adults once they return this spring.  My theory is we get too much snow up here making it difficult to hunt.  


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