See attached photos...
I will be mounting the newly built box on the end of a through house beam that I purposely left extended (just finished our house build) for a variety of reasons; mounting a Kestrel Box not being one of them, but here I am. I understand this likely would not be a prime location choice, but I feel I have enough supporting reasons to give it a try.
Firstly, we have seen Kestrels on the property on several occassions over the 3 years we've been here. A few other 'fingers crossed' thoughts are, we are in the middle of 10 acres of heavily wooded forest with only 1 1/2 acres cleared surrounding the house. The surrounding area is a very rural mix of agriculture (primarily open fields of grasses and wheat. While there are cats, who will not be inside, but they have no access to the box mounted 17 ft above grade. Even a flying squirrel would find it near impossible. They cannot make the roof at any point, nor can they climb the side of the building.
Will the mere presense of the cats deter nesting? They didn't seem to mind the cats when visiting. I think
While human activity is limited to only my wife and myself, there is no onsite noise from roadway, or industrial, etc, would this location be a bust being attached to the house? (above bedroom windows)
Box is facing south southeast. Will that be enough 'east'?
WIthout expectation, would there be a possibility of other species, and if so, who might move in? South central WA Simcoe Highlands just north of Columbia Plateau. No Starlings here, but loads of Crow, Raven, Red Tails, Eagles, Tanagers, and a full list of song birds.
Note: Awaiting delivery nest cam with app access for all to see. Should be here in 4 days, then the final mount. I'll give it 2 to 3 years before moving it or???