Welcome to the Bosch KestrelCams

 

In 2018, we turned the camera on in anticipation of a nesting pair. By May 9, we still had no takers so we have turned the camera off to save on our IT staff resources. If we have late nesting birds, we'll be sure to go live again and send an update! Thanks for watching, everyone!

The KestrelCam is located in Boise, Idaho at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey. We've streamed during the breeding season since 2012. Kestrels used the box from 2012 to 2017 and this box has fledged a total of 32 kestrels so far! Keep an eye out on our social media and forums for updates.

Video system provided by Matt Thomas from Bosch Security Systems

Additional support provided by:

Don & Carol McCartney

Lynn Fraze - lynnfrazephotography

 

KestrelCam Videos

American Kestrel Fights an Invasive European Starling for Nestbox

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

 

 

American Kestrel Male Fights a Northern Flicker for Nestbox

2017 The Eggs Hatch!

 

2017 Second Egg Laid!

2017 First Egg Laid!

 

 

2016 KestrelCam Highlights: Thirty Days in Four Minutes!

 

2016 Special Moments: First Glimpse

 

2016 Special Moments: First Meal

 

2016 Special Moments: Just Hatched!

 

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Bosch KestrelCams - News and Updates

 


4/3/2018:

Hello and welcome to the new KestrelCam season! We are keeping our fingers crossed that we'll get a pair in the box this year. We've been seeing a male roosting in the box each evening. During the breeding season, here are some behaviors to keep an eye out for: 

The male kestrel tries to attract a female kestrel 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:

2011

April 1

2012

April 16

2013

(estimated) April 25-31

2014

April 19

2015

April 7

2016

March 23

2017 March 27

 

Have any guesses when the first egg may appear for 2018? Comment in the forums here!