Mom Kestrel comes in with two prey items and feeds her babies. Junior comes around and gets up there to eat and grabs a big piece and she pulls it back again and he goes tumbling forward at 7:41. lol Mom tries to feed this long piece and keeps pulling it out of their beaks. 2nd prey item at 12:34 and the oldest is passed out in the corner and #2 chick gets to swallow half of it whole! Watch the feet go down! Mom Kestrel had 12 deliveries and all chicks ate well. Thank you for watching!
Video captured & edited by Lady Hawk
Four downy American Kestrel nestlings are tucked into a gravel-bottomed nest on private property near Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. The nest box is located on the side of a traditional limestone-footed barn, overlooking a rolling grassland that slopes away into folded hills and forests. Cornell Lab & Raptor Resource Project have teamed up to provide this new live cam.The kestrel is North America’s littlest falcon & packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body. It’s number one of the most colorful raptors — the male’s slate-blue head and wings contrast elegantly w/rusty-red back & tail. The female has the same warm reddish on her wings, back, & tail.
Egg laying dates for this nest were on May 8-15-17-19-21; hatching dates for the four nestlings were June 14-16-16-18. The 5th egg was non viable.
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The American Kestrel cam is a collaboration between the Cornell Lab or Ornithology and the Raptor Resource Project.