The American Kestrel Project

2014 Black Hole Kestrels

Last October when the LTC asked if I would be willing to be a monitor for the American Kestrel Project I had no idea what to expect. Jim and Wendy Bean came out to install the nest box in the Black Hole Preserve just west of my farmland. Then we experienced a winter with record snowfall and unusually cold temperatures. On April 13, 2014 I thought I saw one Kestrel fly by the nesting box and the following day a pair of Sandhill Cranes mated by the windmill atop my hill. I had been reading the American Kestrel website about pairs nesting and my concerns were growing as there appeared to be no activity around my box. Then on Sunday, April 20, I noticed cedar shavings on the ground and thought I heard scratching noises inside the box. I did not lower the box to check inside, but feared that perhaps it was some rodent or some other bird in the box. Then as fate would have it, I was called out of town for two weeks. Continue reading…