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All Five Kestrel Chicks Fledge In 24 Hours!

The 2024 American Kestrel Cam season finished in a flash when all five chicks fledged within a single 24-hour period on June 16 and 17 after spending 29–30 days in the nest box. Watch this compilation of the fledglings leaving their nest for the first time.

After fledging, these young kestrels will continue to be dependent on their parents for food for another 12–14 days as they learn how to fly and hunt successfully. Fledglings continue to associate with one other for 2–3 weeks, and they may eventually form small groups with other non-related juveniles.

We’re wishing all the best to this season’s flock of fledglings! Thanks to our partners at the Raptor Resource Project for helping us share the lives of these tiny falcons with the world, and thanks to everyone who watched and learned along with us this season. We hope to see you in 2025!

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Pileated Woodpecker by Lin McGrew / Macaulay Library