I've been a birder for a few years and participated in the Nest Watch Program for the last 4 years. This year I've expanded to putting out American Kestrel boxes. I thought I'd come to this great knowledge base for some helpful hints.
I live in central Indiana about 20 miles east of Indy, luckily still mostly farmland with subdivisions. I've seen quite a few Kestrals in the area for about a month. I've placed several of the boxes near places I see them hunting (getting permission from the land owners). There is one location I'm considering but it doesn't seem ideal. It is close to a busy road, across the road is a new gas station. They hang out in a big tree right next to the road and I noticed the female go into an opening in the soffet of an unoccupied house on the property. There is a fair amount of grassy area nearby. I asked the owner about access to the land and permission to put up a box, he was fine with that and really didn't want any birds in the house. Should I install a box near the opening in the house and cover their access or leave the hole open and see if they transition to my box. I'm a bit concerned about this area being too busy. Please comment on any of my rambling remarks, specifically if placing boxes close to hunting grounds a good way to choose locations and the location near the busy road.
New Palestine, IN