The 2014 kestrels take their first flights.
The Bosch KestrelCam captured this battle between a kestrel and a starling early in the spring of 2014. Click here to learn more.
As a male kestrel has been spotted using the nest box to sleep in this winter, we decided to make the kestrelcam live again! The camera now takes a picture and uploads it every 10 minutes above. Who knows what you may spot using the nextbox as shelter? So far, we've seen a kestrel male and a Northern Flicker roost consistantly in there.
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]
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
The first two kestrel chicks hatched last night, and the third arrived just before 10:00 a.m. this morning.