We at Prescott Audubon Society and Prescott Creeks Partnership in Prescott AZ have four active kestrel nest boxes in our first season of our project.
On 6/9 Arizona Game and Fish Dept.(AGFD) came up and banded eleven nestlings for us which was an exciting experience for us all. We were told by AGFD thet these were the first ever AMKE nestlings banded from nest boxes in AZ.
Today two of us monitored the nest box that still had eggs only on 6/9/17 only to discover we still had eggs and no nestlings.
Since we first discovered these eggs in this box on 5/5 it's way past a normal incubation period so the nest is considdered a failure and the eggs will be destroyed when the box is cleaned at a later date.
In spite of this nest failure it's been a positive experience and we are optomistic about the prospects for next season.
Thank you American Kestrel Partnership and AGFD for helping us in this rewarding program.