Nest Box #1 overlooking the field by the house was attended today by the mother kestrel. The fedelity of these parents to their offspring is laudable. She huddled with her head in the corner, I guess hoping I wouldn't notice her. I did reach in and move her just a little, to make sure she was alive, and also to count "bobble heads". There are five in there. I thought maybe I would get a bite for my intrusion, but she just froze there hoping I would go away. I did.
Here is a clearer picture of the nestling pile.
The smallest one is there on the far right. The largest on the left at the top. They all appear to be getting plenty of food and growing quickly. Soon we'll have a bunch of new kestrels flitting about the farm. I hope they will be careful and avoid the Coopers Hawk that passes through the yard from time to time.