American Kestrel fledgling

June 25, 2014 in American Kestrel

The fledgling stage takes place typically at around 28–31 days.  Fledging of entire brood may occur over several days, reflecting some hatching asynchrony.  First flight likely to be a flutter-glide that may be short or less than 200 yards with first landings typically awkward. Young kestrels are dependent on parents for food for about 12–14 days after fledging. During first 2 wk, siblings perch close together, usually within a few yards. Allopreening and beaking (nibbling directed toward another’s bill or lore area) reported with great frequency.  This young kestrel was seen atop the roof at the east end of 250 Canal Street complex in Lawrence.