My Kestrel Box gets a clear-out!…..

A few years ago, I put up a kestrel box on a barn that is level with the end of my garden. The barn belongs to my neighbour whose field adjoins my garden and they were happy for me to install it. I was really lucky as in the first year, I had a pair of kestrels visit and very nearly use it. At a critical time, however, there was quite a lot of activity on the farm and it disturbed them.

Last year, the male returned and had a look, but with competition from jackdaws and squirrels, he decided on a quieter spot perhaps.


Over the winter, a squirrel had used a branch I had place up to the nest box, to take up residence and fill the whole nest box with twigs and leaves. As I have heard the kestrels around again, I wanted to clear the box, and try to encourage them to return. This year, I plan on installing 2 cameras… one on the outside (as I had before) and one on the interior. Today, I climbed up to clear the box and get the area ready for the new cameras which will be installed over the next few weeks. I also changed the perch so the squirrels can’t gain access.

Keep you fingers crossed for kestrel action this year! It is a fantastic spot, with a great view. My garden is behind the hedge running down from the barn.

I was surprised how much was in the nest box!!




The view from the nest box is pretty spectacular!!


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As you can see, the box is mounted high on the barn, with the cable running down the hedge to my office….







I would nest there if I was a kestrel!!