It's that time of the year.
I see birds paired up just about everywhere I go these days. There's a red-tail nest that I pass on my way to and from work and I can always see Momma's head just over the edge of the nest. About a hundred yards away from that nest I saw a pair of kestrels. As I was watching, the male flew down and nabbed something off the ground and then hopped his way back along the telephone line to pass it off to the female. No doubt they've got a nest somewhere nearby too.
I have yet to go back to waste station where Dulci was killed to find the nest of that pair but it's on my "to-do" list.
Whenever I'm fishing I like to think, "What is the next fish I'm going to catch doing right now?" Naturally, I wonder the same thing about the next bird I'm going to fly. Of course, the next bird I'm going to fly probably hasn't hatched yet so I suppose I should be wondering what it's parent's are doing. Everytime I see a pair of kestrels I wonder, "Is that the pair that is going to produce my next bird?"
While I don't have any kestrels nests locked down (kestrels nest in cavities, hollow trees, nest boxes, etc.) I'm keeping my eye out so that I can be sure to get a young bird on the first day of trapping season.
In the meantime, there's always nestcams. Mark over at Flyover Country posted these:
Kestrel nestbox in Nebraska
Peregrine Falcon nestbox on the Nebraska state capitol
and this Bald Eagle nest from British Columbia.
Should keep me entertained for awhile anyway! Enjoy!