General Discussion : Nest Box Design and Location

Does the Peregrine Fund have a recommended Kestrel nest box design?  I'm sure I can find resources on line, but though I'd check first to see if you have recommendations.  Also, how large a field is required to attract and sustain a pair of Kestrels?  I'm planning ahead for next year.


Jill from MN's picture

Hi, copenhvr - check out page 2 of the Partnership Documents in 'Groups', where there are plans available.

Also:  if an open field has grass, plants, etc. less than 10 inches high, and lots of insects (grasshoppers, dragonflies especially) and some mice running around kestrels should be very happy birds.  

copenhvr's picture

Hi Jill - Thanks for the link to the plans.  I have lots of grasshoppers and voles, but I don't keep my field cut that short, so it probably isn't suitable.  Right now (due for it's annual cutting) it's predominantly 4-5 ft tall goldenrod, with areas of shorter milkweed, dogbane, vetch, and grass.  I don't really want to cut 3 or 4 times a year to keep it under 10 inches.

Jill from MN's picture

The kestrels may come anyhow - you've got a buffet!  :)

Maybe it doesn't have to be average 10 inches.  I don't know where I heard that.....  

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Posted in General Discussion by copenhvr 1 year 3 months ago.