Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Frome, United Kingdom
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Simon King Wildlife
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Kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) have nested at Wild Meadows in Somerset for several years now. Their success has been variable and we have seen several different adults over the years.
2017 sees them return to a traditional nesting site in one of the outbuildings here, and the first egg was laid on the 29th April.
This year the high number of small mammals in the area (primarlily voles and mice which are encouraged by our land management policies) are providing plently of prey for the kestrel family.
Kestrels don’t build a nest, but rather use the abandoned nests of other birds or cavities in trees and buildings. Clutch size is usually between 3 – 6 eggs and eggs are laid at 2 day intervals.
Incubation usually starts after the second or third egg has been laid and takes 27-29 days per egg with hatching likely to occur over a period of several days.
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