The Bosch KestrelCam captured this battle between a kestrel and a starling early in the spring of 2014. Click here to learn more.
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.