Im currently building my first kestrel nest box and have a couple of questions.
I am building the "Art Gingert plan", with a slightly wider roof for shade/weather. Im planning to mount it on a cedar pole ~15' high, in an open area. There are lots of fallow fields, hay fields, pasture, in the area and I have seen Kestrels around so I think that the habitat is good.
Im thinking of putting it on the edge of a paddock, (with horses in it) a couple of hundred feet from the house/people (I like this location as I could see it from my back porch) or, if that is a bad idea, I could put it farther away from the busy area.
When looking at the pictures on this site I see a lot of the boxes have perchs on/near the box, should I attach a perch, or leave a branch on the pole for a perch?
I am considering attaching cloroplast or sheet aluminum to the roof to increase the longevity. Is this a bad idea?
For bedding, should i use wood chips or wood shavings?
Thanks in advance for considering these questions, and feel free to critique/suggest anything that I have proposed.
I'm looking forward to this project.