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American Kestrel Nestbox Cam

The kestrel chicks have all successfully fledged!

Thank you to everyone for watching.

We will be back next year!

Falco and Kate are two American Kestrels using a nestbox on the northwest side of Tucson. Falco is the male and has triangular pattern on the back and blue-gray wings. Kate is the female with striped back and brown back and wings. Both have a false eye shape on the back of their heads which creates the “always watching predator” look, especially prominent in night vision on the camera. 

This nestbox was installed on private property when the homeowner noticed a pair of kestrels hanging around this lone saguaro back in 2019. It lacked cavities and since kestrels are secondary cavity nesters, they could not utilize it for nesting. This area otherwise was the perfect habitat for the pair so the nestbox went up on the saguaro as an experiment. A hose and paracord were used for attachment to avoid damaging the saguaro. Almost immediately the pair began to investigate it and nested in it that year! Now outfitted with a camera, this nestbox provides a glimpse into the intimate part of the American Kestrel lives.

Kestrel box on a saguaro by Olya Phillips

Check out the timeline on the right side of the page to see if you missed anything during live broadcast.

This live-feed camera is part of Tucson Audubon’s Desert Nestbox Initiative and is made possible by donations.

Questions or comments? Email us at nestbox@tucsonaudubon.org

Follow along with clips from Falco and Kate’s timeline.

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5.6.2021 Watch the third chick hatch!

5.4.2021 First chick hatched today!

4.19.2021 Falco and Kate had a clutch of 4. Hatchlings expected around May 5th.

4.7.2021 They have 3 eggs! Kestrels begin incubation on penultimate egg so we’re expecting 4 in this clutch. Watch the parents switch incubation duties.

4.2.2021 & 4.5.2021 1 eggs laid on the 4/2 and overnight to 4/5 another egg is laid. Can you spot when it’s laid?

3.5.2021 Falco (male) brings a lizard for Kate in a breeding behavior.

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

color_square_face_right

Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447