Sad News, American Kestrel Breeding Season Fails

May 4, 2020
The female American Kestrel sits atop her clutch of eggs.

We are sad to report that, after laying 5 eggs and days of dedicated incubation, the female kestrel left the box sometime during the morning of April 28 and never returned. The male kestrel continued to try and incubate the eggs for a day, but he is unable to care for them alone and appears to have abandoned the nesting attempt.

We and our collaborators at the Raptor Resource Project are saddened by the loss but hopeful that kestrels will return to nesting in the box soon. Thank you for watching, and we’ll hopefully see you and the kestrels back here in 2021!

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