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Additional support provided by: Intermountain Bird Observatory Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game

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143 observations logged this season!
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  • 2014-04-25 03:25:17: Ken1942k saw the female kestrel preen.
  • 2014-04-25 03:14:06: Ken1942k saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 22:16:08: lilcshell saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 21:59:30: lilcshell saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 21:51:38: aande763 saw the female kestrel preen.
  • 2014-04-24 21:46:33: Traveller5 saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 21:46:23: Traveller5 saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 21:38:17: Minot saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 21:27:50: kimmy0207 saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 21:17:50: Runrig31 saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 20:44:45: Minot saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 20:26:45: kristin saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-24 20:06:25: Traveller5 saw the male kestrel preen.
  • 2014-04-24 20:06:10: southON saw the male kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-04-24 20:05:17: Traveller5 saw the male kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-04-24 20:00:08: southON saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-24 19:34:31: black14 saw the male kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-04-24 19:30:47: Traveller5 saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 19:28:39: Pacesetter saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 19:12:11: Traveller5 saw the female kestrel enter the box.
  • 2014-04-24 19:11:34: black14 saw the female kestrel enter the box.
  • 2014-04-24 18:14:15: southON saw the male kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-04-24 18:13:51: southON saw the male kestrel eating.
  • 2014-04-24 18:13:29: southON saw the female kestrel exit the box.
  • 2014-04-24 17:10:25: Oregon_Tar saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 17:06:43: parkrats saw the female kestrel look at the camera.
  • 2014-04-24 16:54:33: RussT BOI saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-24 16:40:01: Delora saw the male kestrel turn the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 16:31:06: Delora saw the male kestrel look out of the cavity.
  • 2014-04-24 16:30:46: Delora saw the female kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-04-24 16:19:08: Delora saw the male kestrel look out of the cavity.
  • 2014-04-24 16:14:23: Delora saw the male kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 15:46:41: Delora saw the male kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 15:46:13: Delora saw the male kestrel enter the box.
  • 2014-04-24 15:23:18: Delora saw the female kestrel exit the box.
  • 2014-04-24 15:21:27: Delora saw the female kestrel look out of the cavity.
  • 2014-04-24 15:12:30: birbs saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 14:52:57: CuteBirds saw the female kestrel look at the camera.
  • 2014-04-24 14:52:36: CuteBirds saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 14:41:06: Delora saw the female kestrel rearrange the bedding.
  • 2014-04-24 14:34:52: Delora saw the female kestrel turn the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 14:31:42: Minot saw the female kestrel preen.
  • 2014-04-24 13:38:32: RL saw the female kestrel enter the box.
  • 2014-04-24 13:37:06: Delora saw the female kestrel enter the box.
  • 2014-04-24 13:36:48: Delora saw the female kestrel perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-04-24 13:28:30: arralin9 saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-24 13:26:58: Anders58 saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-24 13:04:44: Delora saw the female kestrel exit the box.
  • 2014-04-24 13:00:45: Delora saw the female kestrel turn the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 12:44:33: lilcshell saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 12:27:20: Delora saw the female kestrel rearrange the bedding.
  • 2014-04-24 12:06:32: Megan saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 12:03:36: Minot saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 11:43:43: Delora saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 11:38:29: Delora saw the female kestrel preen.
  • 2014-04-24 11:38:08: michaelk saw the male kestrel enter the box.
  • 2014-04-24 11:38:00: Delora saw the female kestrel enter the box.
  • 2014-04-24 11:15:47: jt saw the female kestrel exit the box.
  • 2014-04-24 11:12:54: Delora saw the male kestrel preen.
  • 2014-04-24 11:12:10: Delora saw the male kestrel perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-04-24 11:09:29: Delora saw the male kestrel perch in the cavity.
  • 2014-04-24 11:09:14: Megan saw the female kestrel exit the box.
  • 2014-04-24 11:09:14: Megan saw the male kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-04-24 11:09:12: Delora saw the male kestrel deliver a rodent.
  • 2014-04-24 10:50:02: talon06 saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-24 10:50:02: talon06 saw an egg in the box.
  • 2014-04-24 10:37:29: lilcshell saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 09:20:40: Megan saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 08:32:10: Duir saw the male kestrel in the box.
  • 2014-04-24 07:08:21: Paul saw the male kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-24 05:28:36: Sharla saw the female kestrel look at the camera.
  • 2014-04-23 23:16:47: Delora saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-23 22:00:59: Ashley N. saw an egg in the box.
  • 2014-04-23 21:17:37: Traveller5 saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-23 21:17:14: Traveller5 saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-23 20:44:04: Minot saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-23 20:11:38: JillfromMN saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-23 20:11:04: JillfromMN saw the male kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-04-23 19:43:16: southON saw the male kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-04-23 19:30:30: southON saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-23 19:25:18: RenoNevada saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-23 19:25:18: RenoNevada saw the female kestrel look out of the cavity.
  • 2014-04-23 19:25:18: RenoNevada saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-23 19:25:18: RenoNevada saw the female kestrel exit the box.
  • 2014-04-23 19:14:44: southON saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-23 18:51:52: southON saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-23 18:24:51: ponydoc4u saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-23 17:40:55: Traveller5 saw the male kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-23 17:17:46: dontheone saw the inside camera come back online.
  • 2014-04-23 16:59:21: aande763 saw the female kestrel sleeping.
  • 2014-04-23 16:28:42: Delora saw the female kestrel rearrange the bedding.
  • 2014-04-23 16:27:35: aande763 saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-23 16:24:39: SkyOfBirds saw the female kestrel incubating the eggs.
  • 2014-04-23 16:19:51: kimmy0207 saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-23 16:14:52: maddie saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-23 15:57:57: SkyOfBirds saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-23 15:45:37: tre saw 3 eggs in the box.
  • 2014-04-23 15:45:26: alana saw the male kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-04-23 15:44:31: Minot saw the male kestrel on top of the box.
  • 2014-04-23 15:43:07: Delora saw 3 eggs in the box.

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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!

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If you enjoy watching the Kestrel Cam, please support our work to recover threatened and endangered birds of prey. Your donation will:

  • Conserve American Kestrels and other birds of prey
  • Educate people about why birds of prey must be protected
  • Build a healthy environment for future generations

Your tax-deductible donation will be used efficiently and effectively. We take pride in being a common-sense, elbow-grease, no-frills, hands-on group of dedicated professionals. We tackle only those projects for which we are the most qualified and where a definite need exists. And we always strive to leave a lasting result.

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Why is a light inside the nestbox at night?

The interior camera uses infrared light to "see" in the dark and low lighting.  The exterior camera also detects infrared light, hence the impression of a "lit" nestbox at night, but the light is invisible to kestrels and humans so the kestrels have a dark box for sleeping.

 

How do I identify the male and female kestrel?

Females have alternating black and orange bars across their tail, back, and wing feathers, while males have blue wing feathers and only one thick black bar near the end of their tail feathers.

american kestrel male female examples

Check out the fantastic kestrel photos donated by our sponsoring professional photographers in our Kestrel Photo Gallery!

Are American Kestrel populations declining in my region?

On average, the North American breeding population of American Kestrels has declined by an estimated 50% from 1966 to 2012 according to USGS Breeding Bird Survey data.  However, population trends vary by geographic region, such as New England, where the population has declined by estimated 88%.  Check out our Population Declines webpage to see the trend in your region.

Build your own American Kestrel nesting box!

Building your own kestrel nesting box gives you the opportunity to enjoy the colorful and charismatic American Kestrel up close. It also allows you to contribute to kestrel conservation. Monitoring kestrel boxes (counting eggs and nestlings during the nesting season) and entering data onto the Partnership website produces information critical for kestrel research and conservation planning.

Ready to get started?
- Build a kestrel box!
- Install and monitor your kestrel box!
- Create your Partner Profile and enter your nestbox monitoring data!

Learn more about American Kestrels

Check out our American Kestrel illustrated life cycle!

Find technical information at The Peregrine Fund's Global Raptor Information Network!

Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds section on the American Kestrel!

Stream a nestcam into your home or work!

Read this first!  KestrelCams and nestcams: guidelines and configuration (PDF)

Ready to purchase a nestcam?  Contact our sponsoring partner!  Spy on a Bird LLC sells nestcams custom configured for nestboxes and gives 15% discounts to our partners!

Want to embed the KestrelCam feeds on your website?  We encourage our partners to do so and the embedding codes can be accessed on Livestream's webpages:

Interior KestrelCam

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Credits to our partners

Bringing the fascinating world of nesting American Kestrels to you with our KestrelCams is made possible by our partnership with Bosch Security Systems, The Boise State University Intermountain Bird Observatory, and The Idaho Department of Fish and Game. We thank Willem Ryan, Steve Tangert, and Matt Thomas for the camera donations and technical expertise. We also thank Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project (and founder of the famous Decorah Bald Eagle cam!) for his early encouragement and technical expertise.