Thank you everyone who watched the cam and commented! 5/24/2017: Early in the morning, the nestlings were banded by Boise State University students from Dr. We can confirm that we have three females and one male nestling, and all four appear to be in good condition.
While we were at it, we took genetic samples to map the genetics differences across the American Kestrel's range.
The kestrel nesting season concluded 2017 with four fledglings flying out into the world.
We discovered she was caught and banded in 2016 as a breeder 5.5 miles away!
So this is not the first batch of nestlings this female raised.
Now, we estimate we are about a week and a half away from fledging!
A few days ago, we also captured the adult female and got her band number!
In the meantime, you can check out our forums to discuss kestrels with experts, or follow us on social media to follow continued kestrel discovery. The Kestrel Cam is located in Boise, Idaho at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey.
We just finished our sixth year of providing a window into a wild kestrel nest.
Among American Kestrels, it is not uncommon for fledglings to return to the nest box, for roosting at night or for a quick rest.
So, the cams will stay on for a while, to catch when they do!
2/22/2017: Hello and welcome to the new Kestrel Cam season!
We're kicking off earlier this year, so that viewers can witness American Kestrel courtship behaviors!
4/8/2017: Sometime in the afternoon, a 5th egg appeared! Five eggs is the normal clutch size for kestrels, but this odd spring is throwing us all for a loop, so we're all keeping our eyes peeled! This pair could incubate just two eggs - we are all keeping a watch on the camera to see what occurs from here on out.