Kestrel Webcam


The Kestrel is a small bird of prey of the falcon family weighing between 156-252g with pointed wings which span approximately 75cm, and a long tail. They have brown and buff coloured feathers and are resident on many different types of land including urban areas. Kestrels do not build their own nests, but will use old or disused ones from other species who nest build with sticks, and readily accept purpose built nest boxes. They do tend to use the same nest site year on year so hopefully we will be fortunate to have this nest webcam for years to come.

As with many birds, the timing of their eggs is weather dependent, but usually a clutch of 3-6 eggs will appear in late April. Eggs are laid two days at two day intervals other and then an incubation period of around 27-29 days per egg starts after the third egg is laid. Generally the male will provide all the food for the female and chicks during the nesting period, until the young are strong enough for the female to leave the nest. Healthy chicks will start to fledge around 4 weeks of age but will return back and forth for a further 4 weeks or so for food until they are competent to catch their own!

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Help your Garden Birds

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When does incubation of the eggs begin?

    Kestrels only start the incubation of the eggs when the last egg is laid. This means that when the chicks hatch they should all do so around the same time, meaning there won’t be an obvious age difference in the youngsters.

  2. How can you tell the difference between the male and female kestrel?

    The male has a grey head, with a reddish brown back and wings with dark spots. The female has a reddish-brown head and back and wings with stripes.

  3. I would like to put up a nest box for my garden birds, where should I site if you best results?

    The best height for your nest box is widely accepted as being between 1.5m and 5.5m high (5ft - 18ft respectively). However, if your area has a particularly high cat population it is best to site your box even higher.

    If you only have an exposed site to offer, face the box somewhere between north through east to southeast, avoiding prevailing winds and strong sunlight. If siting in woodland, the dry side of the tree trunk offers the most protection. By their nature, open nest boxes require more cover; siting them near to climbing plants where they can be partially obscured is ideal. Siting your nest box near vegetation also aids young birds taking their first flights as it gives them both physical support and good cover.

    A clear flight path into the box works best and avoid sites such as the top of fences that make it easier for predators to get at the box.

  4. Does the colour of my nest box matter?

    Although birds recognise colours, the colour of the nest box does not matter. However, birds prefer a breeding place that is as natural as possible. They do this in order not to be noticed by predators.

  5. I’m having trouble viewing the cameras?

    Visitors sometimes experience technical problems when trying to view the live stream cameras. A multi-lingual message usually appears on the camera display if we are aware of the issues. Please be patient, we will try and get the feeds back up and running as soon as we can.