American Kestrels return to 2012 nest location

April 18, 2013 in American Kestrel

An unexpected surprise to see a pair of Kestrels newly around the 2012 nest location on Merrimack Street.  Kestrel pairs ahve been observed in multiple nearby locations over past few weeks.  they have stayed a while and then seemingly moved on.  This pair may be setting up to use this nest location.  It is uncertain as to if this is a returning pair or new pair.  The pair last year had no chicks and vacated nest box  very early.  A nearby Kestrel observer indicated that he may have found the 2012 nesting pair in separate locations in late summer, both with broken necks.  May have been the work of the nearby falcons.

7 photos posted:   Click “next” in upper right corner to advance frames….enjoy!