A kestrel had chosen the window niche in the roof of one of our residential buildings in Mögeldorf as its nesting place. In consultation with the Species Protection Department of the Environmental Office of the City of Nuremberg, the attic window was opened in the early autumn of 2020 and a nesting box with a webcam and an additional small room were installed there to protect the birds. This created a new living space for the feathered inhabitants.
We expect our kestrels back in March 2023 and are already looking forward to watching them breed again via webcam.
Detailed information on kestrels can be found here.
We have waited and hoped for a long time - although the kestrel couple often showed up at the nesting site at the beginning, the kestrel nest unfortunately remained empty at the end. Even though a kestrel showed up at the nesting site again today, unfortunately we could not see any chicks growing up.
We hope for next year!
The kestrels have been visiting the nesting site more frequently lately and have already prepared a visible nesting hollow. More often than the female, the tercel shows itself and calls for the female. Currently it is still very cold outside and, like last year, now is the time to wait and see. Towards the end of April, both kestrels should show themselves more and more often at the breeding site. For comparison: Last year, the mating took place on 20 April.
The kestrel has been showing up regularly at the nest box lately - most recently today around 11 am. Having already prepared the nesting site, he calls the female. It is very likely that she is in the immediate vicinity.
The kestrel is back in the nest box and is preparing a nest hollow on the back of the box.
For some time now, the kestrel has been exploring its potential new home. To protect it from pigeons, a net can currently be seen in the livestream.
See how the kestrel defends its new territory against uninvited guests.
However, the net will be taken down again soon, as the kestrel was already completely inside the box and irritations should be avoided.