Welcome to the 2017 American Kestrel Partnership’s Bosch KestrelCam! Our KestrelCam is located in Boise, Idaho at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey. This is our sixth year of providing a window into the world of American Kestrels in their first days of life. This box has fledged a total of 28 kestrels!
About five eggs are typically laid beginning in April or March (last year March 23). Both parents incubate the eggs for about 28-31 days. Once eggs hatch, both parents help raise the nestlings until they are old enough to fly at around 30 days old. Click play on the video below to start your live experience up close and personal with American Kestrels! As you watch, you can also engage in LIVE CHAT with a kestrel expert or tell us what you see using the ACTIVITY LOGGING feature. Be sure to check the NEST NEWS to see if you’ve missed anything important!
LIVE CHAT: For one hour every Tuesday and Thursday at noon (Mountain Time) chat with Delora Hilleary, American Kestrel Partnership Coordinator. While chat is disabled, you can discuss the KestrelCam using our Discussion Forum.
The Bosch KestrelCam captured this battle between a kestrel and a starling early in the spring of 2014. Click here to learn more.
Live Chat is active on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Mountain time. You can catch up on kestrel discussions in the KestrelCam forum.
Hello and welcome to the new KestrelCam season! We're kicking off earlier this year, so that viewers can witness American Kestrel courtship behaviors! Here is some things to keep an eye out for:
The male kestrel coaxes female kestrels to his chosen nest site with gifts and display flights. Viewers may notice the male hanging about with rodents or other food, making chirping noises to call the female over. He will then often bow while offering the gift. If the female is not hungry, she may cache the food gifts in the nest box for later.
The male and female have also already started digging a "scrape," which is the term for the little depression falcons dig to lay eggs in. Both kestrels will do quite a bit of bedding rearranging as they prepare for eggs. They do not add any new materials themselves, however.
Viewers may also witness kestrel copulation. Kestrels mate frequently in the weeks before laying eggs.
Here's the lay dates of the first egg from previous years:
|2013||(estimated) April 25th-31st|
Have any guesses when the first egg may appear for 2017? Comment in the forums here!
In other news, we will also be hosting live chats with Delora Hilleary, the AKP Coordinator this year, starting with Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12pm MST. All viewers will need to participate is the ability to log into a google account! Contact us with any questions.