Thank you everyone who watched the cam and commented! 5/24/2017: Early in the morning, the nestlings were banded by Boise State University students from Dr. We can confirm that we have three females and one male nestling, and all four appear to be in good condition.While we were at it, we took genetic samples to map the genetics differences across the American Kestrel's range.So imagine our surprise when one of the eggs hatched a couple days early!
This box has fledged a total of 32 kestrels so far!
Keep an eye out for the next nesting season in 2018, which typically spans March - May in Idaho.
We discovered she was caught and banded in 2016 as a breeder 5.5 miles away!
So this is not the first batch of nestlings this female raised.
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The silver band is on their left leg, and it provides an individual ID# for the rest of their lives.
We band them when they are about 18-25 days old, as their feet are adult-sized and the band will never get too tight from further growth.
So both adults keep a close eye out while the fledglings do their bumbling around.
Once the fledglings can hunt and survive on their own, they will leave the parents themselves.
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