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The story so far: Mr Kestrel stayed throughout the first part of last 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.
Three eggs hatched on June 7 – the first at 12:07, the second at 16:08 and the third at 18:40. The fourth on June 11 at 06:34.
The hatchlings are 185 days181 days old.
On June 25th they moved to a wicker basket next to the nest and on June 29th they were ringed. The first of them decided to leave the basket relatively late – on July 9. After a short flight training on the balcony, the first three flew out into the street on July 11, and the youngest a day later on July 12. Since then, they spent their days and nights outside the balcony, which was – and still is – visited only by their parents.

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 were only partially occupied this year.  The first swifts returned to our street on 11 May; in the nestboxes they were from May 16 to July 23.

 

Kestrel seasons
Season 2022
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Updated 02/12/2022 17:12