Hi all, my name is Jen and I'm coming to you from St. John in the US Virgin Islands. I found this group online and hoping you might be able to help.
Just a few days ago we found 2 kestrels dead on the ground about 10 yards from the nest, both with blood coming out of their mouths. With a little research, I have to assume they ate a frog, lizard, or mouse that had earlier eaten poison from a neighbor's yard. It was devestating to think someone had carelessly caused this horrific scene. Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions on how to stop it??
There were 3 kestrels and 2 died. I don't know which one was left behind, but this morning I hear the glorious cheeps of a kestrel outside the nest and watch him (her?) fly over to a nearby perch, where another kestrel sat! Has anyone else found that kestrels pair up again so quickly? I don't know whether it's the male or the female kestrel that remains from the original trio. Is the behavior different between the sexes when they lose their mate? I'm over the moon to know they will carry on!
My last question is about what a female kestrel looks like before she lays her eggs...one of the kestrels I saw this morning sure looks like she's hanging a low belly, but who am I to judge. How do you tell if a kestrel is pregnant? I don't see her peeing on a stick.
Thanks in advance for your knowledge, help, and time!