Another successful KestrelCam season has come to an end. We hope you enjoy this photographic overview of the nest at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho.

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  • 2014-07-12 22:47:23: em saw the outside camera go offline.
  • 2014-07-12 00:16:00: chick watcher saw the outside camera go offline.
  • 2014-07-12 00:16:00: chick watcher saw the inside camera go offline.
  • 2014-07-07 11:01:09: meow saw the outside camera go offline.
  • 2014-07-05 21:16:32: cz saw all kestrel chicks exit the box.
  • 2014-07-04 06:29:42: Oregongitl saw the female kestrel exit the box.
  • 2014-07-04 06:28:35: Oregongitl saw the female kestrel enter the box.
  • 2014-07-02 14:34:29: chick watcher saw the outside camera come back online.
  • 2014-07-02 10:10:37: auricmuse saw the outside camera go offline.
  • 2014-07-02 07:17:48: Elaine saw a female fledgling exit the box.
  • 2014-07-02 07:16:30: Elaine saw a female fledgling enter the box.
  • 2014-07-02 05:58:30: mscatlady saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-07-02 05:58:30: mscatlady saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-07-02 05:58:30: mscatlady saw a non-kestrel species on top of the box.
  • 2014-07-02 05:58:30: mscatlady saw a female fledgling exit the box.
  • 2014-07-02 05:06:59: phoenix saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-07-02 04:22:25: gralin saw a female fledgling preen.
  • 2014-07-02 04:21:06: gralin saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-07-02 03:46:14: G saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-07-01 23:04:05: G saw a female fledgling preen.
  • 2014-07-01 22:51:16: Dee Ann saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-07-01 22:15:05: Elaine saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-07-01 21:59:17: G saw a female fledgling enter the box.
  • 2014-07-01 21:18:59: chick watcher saw a female fledgling on top of the box.
  • 2014-07-01 17:18:13: mscatlady saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-07-01 17:18:13: mscatlady saw a female fledgling eating.
  • 2014-07-01 17:18:13: mscatlady saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-07-01 17:18:13: mscatlady saw a female fledgling exit the box.
  • 2014-07-01 07:57:50: Smart bird saw a female fledgling exit the box.
  • 2014-07-01 07:37:53: auricmuse saw a female fledgling on top of the box.
  • 2014-07-01 07:35:05: auricmuse saw a female fledgling exit the box.
  • 2014-07-01 07:34:36: auricmuse saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-07-01 07:27:22: CAH saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-07-01 07:27:00: CAH saw a female fledgling on top of the box.
  • 2014-07-01 07:23:34: CAH saw the female kestrel enter the box.
  • 2014-07-01 07:01:43: Montanero saw a kestrel chick in the box.
  • 2014-07-01 06:54:47: Elaine saw a non-kestrel species on top of the box.
  • 2014-07-01 06:53:25: daisy saw a kestrel chick look out of the cavity.
  • 2014-07-01 06:51:29: G saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-07-01 06:47:49: Elaine saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-07-01 06:33:20: Michael saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-07-01 06:29:17: Oregongitl saw a female fledgling enter the box.
  • 2014-07-01 05:34:55: Elaine saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-07-01 05:32:42: Elaine saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-07-01 03:31:32: G saw the outside camera go offline.
  • 2014-07-01 02:19:58: Kitty saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-30 23:37:39: mscatlady saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-30 22:54:26: Aeryn saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-30 22:32:35: G saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-30 21:54:20: black14 saw a non-kestrel species on top of the box.
  • 2014-06-30 20:47:35: AintThatAmerica saw a kestrel chick look out of the cavity.
  • 2014-06-30 20:30:17: JudyDM saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-06-30 20:18:39: chick watcher saw a non-kestrel species on top of the box.
  • 2014-06-30 20:18:39: chick watcher saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-06-30 20:18:39: chick watcher saw a female fledgling enter the box.
  • 2014-06-30 19:56:04: CB saw the female kestrel enter the box.
  • 2014-06-30 19:56:04: CB 19:52:Three Female Kestrals saw the female kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-06-30 16:33:27: chick watcher saw the outside camera go offline.
  • 2014-06-30 16:33:27: chick watcher saw the outside camera come back online.
  • 2014-06-30 07:25:12: Michael saw a female fledgling exit the box.
  • 2014-06-30 07:24:54: Michael saw a female fledgling enter the box.
  • 2014-06-30 06:14:55: cz saw a non-kestrel species on top of the box.
  • 2014-06-30 06:14:55: cz saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-06-30 06:14:55: cz saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-06-30 06:14:55: cz saw a non-kestrel species on top of the box.
  • 2014-06-30 06:14:55: cz saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-06-30 06:14:55: cz saw a female fledgling exit the box.
  • 2014-06-30 06:14:55: cz saw a female fledgling on top of the box.
  • 2014-06-30 05:04:54: gralin saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-30 03:13:35: G saw a kestrel chick sleeping.
  • 2014-06-30 00:19:28: Vixxie saw the female kestrel in the box.
  • 2014-06-29 23:01:57: Aeryn saw the outside camera go offline.
  • 2014-06-29 22:16:27: Elaine saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-29 22:12:05: Elaine saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-06-29 21:51:38: auricmuse saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-06-29 21:32:57: chick watcher saw a non-kestrel species attack the chicks.
  • 2014-06-29 21:14:22: mscatlady saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-29 21:14:22: mscatlady saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-06-29 21:14:22: mscatlady saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-06-29 20:53:40: black14 saw a kestrel chick look out of the cavity.
  • 2014-06-29 09:06:01: CB 8:41 female Kestral Easting Rodent saw the female kestrel in the box.
  • 2014-06-29 06:39:38: CAH saw a female fledgling exit the box.
  • 2014-06-29 06:23:37: cz saw a female fledgling exit the box.
  • 2014-06-29 06:23:37: cz saw a non-kestrel species on top of the box.
  • 2014-06-29 06:16:10: CAH saw a female fledgling perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-06-29 06:11:56: CAH saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-06-29 06:02:37: Elaine saw a kestrel chick on top of the box.
  • 2014-06-29 05:58:30: Elaine saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-29 04:40:04: [anonymous] saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-29 03:06:49: app saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-06-29 01:01:33: [anonymous] saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-28 23:31:19: JudyDM saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-28 23:27:34: Aeryn saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-28 22:36:45: black14 saw a kestrel chick in the box.
  • 2014-06-28 22:14:22: Elaine saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-06-28 22:12:57: Elaine saw a female fledgling sleeping.
  • 2014-06-28 21:37:17: auricmuse saw a nonkestrel species chasing a fledgling outside saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-06-28 21:37:07: auricmuse saw a nonkestrel species chasing a fledgling outside saw a female fledgling on top of the box.
  • 2014-06-28 21:16:23: auricmuse saw a nonkestrel species chasing a fledgling outside saw a female fledgling in the box.
  • 2014-06-28 21:11:58: auricmuse saw a non-kestrel species attack the chicks.

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6/25/2014:

The last two females have fledged, and with that all four of the chicks are now flying free in the world. Many may now wonder what a kestrel fledgling’s journey make look like once they are out of the box.

When a kestrel fledges, they begin to master the art of flight. They are not proficient at first, and will often bungle landings on their first few days out of the box. As they gain flight skills, they will also begin to chase prey in their first hunting attempts.

During this period, the parents will follow their offspring around and continue to care for them – feeding them when they are unable to hunt, protecting them from potential predators, and otherwise keeping an eye on them as they figure themselves out. Thus, kestrel adults are very attentive parents until a kestrel fledgling manages to become independent on its own.

The kestrel fledglings and their parents will likely continue to hang about in the general area of the nest box for a while, and they may even use the box as a secure place to roost in at night. Photos of the fledging are posted here! [http://hub.peregrinefund.org/node/204]

6/24/2014:

Around 11:30am, the male kestrel chick made the leap and fledged! His first flight was far from graceful, but he successfully landed in a nearby tree.

The female fledgeling from yesterday is proving to be an adept flier - she has been returning to and from the nest box to sleep and rest. While the male fledgling picked his way through the branches, the little female stayed close to her mother in a nearby pine tree.

6/23/2014:

Early in the morning, one of the three female kestrel chicks popped out of the box and fledged! The other three can make the jump at any time - keep an eye out to see if you can catch this momentous event!

6/18/2014:

As many have noticed, the youngest chick in the KestrelCam box died last night. Although we’re sad to lose a nestling, it is not uncommon for the youngest chick in a brood to die before fledging. Check out this post on our website for details on what happened to the chick and the struggle for kestrel parents to feed their young.

5/30/2014:

New video published: On the evening of April 1st, 2014 - A female kestrel entered the box and found it already occupied by a starling! The resulting epic showdown was captured by our camera. Watch the video at http://kestrel.peregrinefund.org/kestrel-v-starling

5/27/2014:

The last of the kestrel eggs hatched sometime this morning, and now we have five fuzzy white kestrel nestlings in the KestrelCam box! The female broods newborn nestlings much of the time, as they are unable to regulate their own body temperature just yet. However, you can catch good looks at the new babies during feeding times!

kestrels hatching
Kestrels began hatching sometime during
the night of May 24/25.

5/25/2014:
The first two kestrel chicks hatched last night, and the third arrived just before 10:00 a.m. this morning.

5/16/2014:
Livestream had a power outage earlier today, and all live streaming has been offline since. You can keep up to date with their progress on repairing the problem at http://status.livestream.com/incidents/t0w97dzjlxvf . Once they get their systems back online, the KestrelCams will start streaming live.
4/23/2014:
Welcome to the 2014 season of the Kestrel Cam, featuring a pair of American Kestrels that have settled in a nest box at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho.
After spending several days sleeping in the nest box, our female kestrel delivered a little Easter weekend surprise! She laid her first egg on Saturday, April 19 and her second egg on Monday, April 21.
During the egg laying period, the parents will often not sit and incubate initial eggs. This is typical behavior and does not harm the eggs. Once all eggs are laid, the female will begin to incubate the eggs full-time.
American Kestrels typically lay one egg every two days, so look for up to three more in the next few days. Keep your eyes peeled in case you get to witness the new arrivals!
If you enjoy watching the KestrelCam, please support our work by making a donation or becoming a member. And don't forget to contribute as a citizen scientist by becoming a Partner and logging your observations of kestrel behavior. These data are used for important research by the American Kestrel Partnership -- and you can be part of it!