We are proud to announce a partnership with Fort Collins based
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company.
In early November an American Kestrel nest box was placed on the Horse & Dragon Brewing Company. After three days, a female Northern Red-shafted Flicker decided she wanted to use the box as a winter hang-out. Well a female American Kestrel had the same idea.
Now, both birds can be seen in and out of the box during the day. It appears that the Northern Flicker sleeps in the box at night.
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Fun facts about American Kestrels
1) American Kestrels are the smallest falcon in North America and frequently begin nesting anywhere from February to May.
2) American Kestrels that winter in the northern portions of their North American range, feed upon small birds, such as sparrows and finches and small animals such as voles and mice.
3) During the nesting season, the diet of American Kestrels varies due to nest location. American Kestrels on the grasslands of Northern Colorado, feed upon birds including Horned Larks and longspurs, reptiles including horned toads, and small snakes and insects including grasshopper and beetles. American Kestrels nesting closer to the foothills and even in cities, prey upon lizards, snakes, beetles and to a lesser extent; voles and mice and occasionally small birds.
4) The female American Kestrel lays a single egg every two to three eggs, but begins incubating, only when the clutch is finished. The average clutch size is between 3 and 5 eggs. However, female American Kestrels have been known to 7 and even 8 eggs in a season.
5) Even though the female beings incubating when the last egg is laid, her eggs, frequently hatch over several days.
6) Male American Kestrels will sometimes sit on the eggs, while the female takes an extended break from incubating.
7) The male American Kestrel feeds the female during incubation. He brings food to her, but she frequently eats it away from the nest.
8) Young American Kestrels hatch after about a 30 day incubation period, but this varies greatly.
9) American Kestrel chicks grow so rapidly that you can see a marked difference in their growth daily.
10) You can tell the difference between male and female American Kestrels when they are 10 days old, as females have brown wings and males have blue wings.