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The story so far: Kestrels have been nesting on our balcony regularly since 2007. The male of the kestrel pair, which spends the winter on our balcony, has been living with us since November 2019. With the previous female (she lived with us from July 2018 to January 2022), they brought out 6 young in 2020 and 4 young in 2021. With the current Mrs Kestrel, who  appeared here on February 12, 2022, then 4 young ones last year.

They both spent this winter with us.. Courtship began in early February. The first egg was laid on April 15, second on April 18, third on April 20, fourth on April 22, fifth April 25,  sixth on April 27. The incubation period began on the evening of April 25. The first five eggs hatched on May 22 within 15 hours, the sixth on May 24. On June 10-12, the nestlings started moving to the basket next to the nest. On June 14, they were ringed. After training the wings and exploring the balcony, the first young flew out into the street on June 21, the last one June 25. The joung kestrels stayed near their natal balcony and depended on their parents to bring them food. They appeared at home only occasionally this year. After mid-July, they could only be heard in the street and they gradually set out to discover the big world.
The chicks are 129 days126 days old.
only the parent couple and occasionally some kestrel intruder, including unringed young, which the domestic kestrels drive away without mercy, appear on our balcony.

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 had been empty since July 23 of last year. The first tenants returned to it on May 7. We saw the last ones on July 25, when the swift parents were still feeding the young. Now apparently the nestboxes are empty.


Kestrel seasons
Season 2022
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Updated 27/07/2023 08:40