American Kestrel male perched near nest!

June 9, 2013 in American Kestrel

The Kestrel pair continue to be seen daily near and around the new 2013 nest location adjacent to the Duck Bridge in Lawrence.  According to Birds of North America,  incubation lasts usually around 27–30 days in the wild.  Incubation mostly by female. Male contribution varies with individuals; 84.8% and 88.6% of observations of incubating adults were females.  Male more apt to relieve female on sunny days than on heavily overcast days.

Stay tuned for chicks!

American Kestrels perched near new 2013 nest!

June 4, 2013 in American Kestrel

The Kestrels have been present at the north end of the Duck Bridge.  They have been seen frequently in tree tops, atop utility poles, and, this morning both seen atop the very peak of a fire escape ladder on a brick building.  Looks like they have a nest just around the corner in a rotted eave just belwo the roof line of an abnadoned mill building.  Stay tuned for chicks to make appearance!

American Kestrel pair near Duck Bridge

May 29, 2013 in American Kestrel

The Kestrel pair were observed late this afternoon in a tree on the north side of the duck Bridge in Lawrence.  It was dark with overcast skies but enough light to allow the male to show off his colorful outerwear!!  This location is right along the Merrimack River and near numerous prior sightings.  Further observations will be required to determine the nest location.  They have been seen a few times over the last week and this suggests that they may have finalized their nest location.  Stay tuned

American Kestrel along Merrimack River

April 25, 2013 in American Kestrel

While driving along Merrimack St. this morning, had time to check on locations with recent Kestrel sightings.  What a treat to spot and photograph this beautiful male.  There were two kestrels perched togethger but the female flew off to a nearby perch.

American Kestrel

April 22, 2013 in American Kestrel

The female Kestrel continues to be seen around various poles and rooftops in the National Grid facility on South Canal St.

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!

American Kestrel, female

April 17, 2013 in American Kestrel

While checking on the Kestrel nesting area on Merrimack st. in Lawrence from 2012, just happened to notice a female perched on a wooden utility pole at a National Grid power substation.  Not sure if this is one of the females observed in one of the other nearby locations.  Of great interest is the possible leg band on the right leg.  A quick check in with Matt Kamm at Mass Audubon indicated that the bands have been placed on Kestrels and he encouraged closer observation if at all possible!

American Kestrel pair atop Union Crossing

April 9, 2013 in American Kestrel

A pair of American Kestrels were seen atop a rooftop exhaust stack at the east end of the Union Crossing apartment complex overlooking the Merrimack River.  This pair have been observed in multiple nearby locations, perhaps looking to finalize a nest location for the breeding season.  It was an overcast morning and the photo was from a distance in low light conditions.

American Kestrel, male

April 8, 2013 in American Kestrel

The Kestrels continue to be present around the Canal Street area between 20 and 60 Canal and also across the street in the 3 story antiques building.  they are seen perched on telephone poles and utility wires….sometimes solo and frequently as a pair.  This is  late afternoon captue of the male kestrel in magnificnet light and clear blue sky background.  The kestrel sightings provide strong indications of a nest nearby!


Kestrel flying away with prey in talons!

April 3, 2013 in American Kestrel

The Kestrels continue to be seen along Canal Street both male and female.  They frequently perch on the utility wires and tops of poles.  They are spectacular to watch with their bright colors and distinctive plumage patterns!

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