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The story so far: Mr Kestrel stayed throughout the first part of winter together with with his previous partner. They brought out 6 young in 2020 and 4 young last year. She lived with us since the end of July 2018, he joined her in November 2019. They regularly spent their nights here until the night of 18 to 19 January. Since then, only the male returned for night.
From February 12, a new female started visiting our balcony and we observed courtship behaviour. The first egg was laid on the morning of May 2. The third one 6 May after noon. The fact that there are only three eggs is probably due to a lack of voles. The male most often brings other prey – birds, slow worms, lizards, caterpillars and beetles.
Incubation started relatively late, on 13 May. The female spent almost a whole week after laying the third egg on her perch above the nest.
The fourth (white) egg appeared unexpectedly on 14 May.
When the kestrels are not present, you can see also other birds: tits, nuthatches (regular winter visitors in small mixed troops), sparrows… and also pigeons, whose presence is a permanent source of conflicts with kestrels.
The swift nestboxes next to the kestrel’s balcony are still empty this year. However, we have already seen the first swifts in our street on 11 May.