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Once he has a meal, the female flies out to grab it from him, and this often happens off-camera.
5/4/2017: Typically, American Kestrels incubate for around 27-31 days.
So imagine our surprise when one of the eggs hatched a couple days early!
At about pm, the first egg has hatched, and shortly after, the new nestling received its first meal. We're back on egg watch for this Thursday, and we'll be finding out together how many eggs her final clutch will be.
The other eggs could hatch at any time, so stay tuned! 4/4/2017: After six days, a third egg appeared around am! 4/3/2017: Five days have gone by, and the female has yet to lay a third egg.
Edit: About an hour later, the second egg hatched as well! We do not know if she will lay another egg at this point, or if they have finished laying for the season.
4/8/2017: Sometime in the afternoon, a 5th egg appeared! Five eggs is the normal clutch size for kestrels, but this odd spring is throwing us all for a loop, so we're all keeping our eyes peeled! This pair could incubate just two eggs - we are all keeping a watch on the camera to see what occurs from here on out.
Keep an eye out on our social media and forums to watch for updates.
6/3/2017: At around am, the first of the nestlings took their very first flight - and the other three quickly followed!
This first flight is called 'fledging' and it is when a baby bird mostly leaves the nest for good.