The Kestrel Residential Accommodation Partnership (KRAP) put up some nest boxes last year to invite kestrels to move in and make lots of babies. So how are those kestrel nest boxes doing this year? Last year they only produced starlings, with the exception of the box that was placed on Laurie's farm over in Wisconsin. A family of flickers took up residence there. I have been observing the box that is the closest to the farm, which overlooks the field next to the road leading to the house. Kestrels have been spotted this year all around the area, vocalizing, sitting on the wire over the box, and sitting on the box. I have been hopeful that they took up residence, but have kept my distance so that I don't scare them off if they were house shopping. Today I decided to verify.
There is a website that I have linked to here on my page, where you can register a nest box, record your observations, as well as observe an active nest by web cam. That will be my next stop after this blog entry, to register this nest box. Richard brought a ladder, and he peeked into the box. He had to remove some securing wires first. As we came near to the box I saw a female kestrel exit quickly. No one defended the box while we were there. When he peeked inside, this is what he took a picture of.
I'll follow their progress and report here. We may also check on the other two boxes that we put up near here. Laurie hasn't noticed any activity at her box this year, yet.