In an effort to increase the population of kestrels in my geographic region, I commissioned Rich to make me a kestrel nest box. I financed the purchase of the supplies . . . and he made me three! He then went on a few weeks later, and made three more. His brother Brian helped. As soon as the ground thawed out enough to allow for digging, we put up several of them. One was given to Dr. Gray, the vet who came to medicate and castrate the calves last fall. He likes kestrels too . . . so Rich thought it would be nice to give him one to put up on his land.
Here are pictures of the "Partnership" establishing the kestrel nest box distribution. Rich and his oldest brother Brian attach the box to a 12' pole, which when sunk into the ground will put the box at about 9 to 10 feet high.
Post hole digger to make the holes to sink the posts into.
Brian holds the pole as Rich fills in the hole.
Laurie's daughter, Emily, points up at her own personal kestrel nest box.