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Welcome all to our 2022 observations page. Here you will see updates of our American Kestrels as the season progresses.

Check our raw videos and photos on the 2022 report page, we are always adding more and update every day. Scroll down to see the latest !

Scroll down to see the latest.      Here are abbreviations we use.       All times CST.

MK. male Kestrel ( aka Mr. Manitoba )   FK. female Kestrel ( aka Lady Winnipeg )   H.M.K.T. Heavy Metal Kestrel Tree    K-2 Kestrel nest box    KP Tree poles we have installed there are 4

March   5/22     We have installed the H.M.K.T. nest box and its 2 HD Cameras.

March   6/22     We have installed the H.M.K.T. nest box NEW THIS YEAR outside HD Camera.

March   9/22     We have installed the K-2 nest box and its 1 HD Camera. We tried installing the 2nd camera and the cable snapped in the extreme cold.

 We have ordered a new cable and will install 2nd camera when it arrives.

March   18/22   We have installed the 2nd camera and are ready for the Kestrels arrival.    Click here for hypothesis.

March   19/22   We helped install 2 nest boxes built by the youth of the WILD OUTSIDE program from The Canadian Wildlife Federation. Snow was very deep

and getting to the trees from the open fields was very difficult.  Click here for photos

March   21/22   About 9:55 am. has spotted a Kestrel hovering over our research area. Still huge amounts of snow in research area.

March   22/22   About 10:36 am. FK. Lady Winnipeg has arrived. She perched on the H.M.K.T. and entered the nest box. Our 2022 season has officially started.

FK. has been in the immediate area most of the day and evening. She has been sitting on near by trees and the H.M.K.T. About 7:47 pm. FK. entered the H.M.K.T. nest box did some preening. Then she tucked in for the night.

March   23/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. At 6:51 am. FK. was awake. 6:56 am. she was in the door for 1 minute them sat on the door branch.

until 7:03 am. and then flew away. FK. spent the day sitting on her favorite hunting perches and entering the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:58 pm. FK. entered the K-2 nest box and did a little scrapping then out. 7:35 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box scrapping then out and sits on door branch of          

H.M.K.T. 7:52 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box preening, then she went to sleep. We are still waiting for MK. hope he will be here soon.

March   24/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:55 am.FK. gone from H.M.K.T. nest box and proceeds to do her daily routine of sitting on her

favorite hunting areas. There is overland flooding and still 3 feet of snow in some of the research area. 7:47 am. FK. coughs up a pellet which means she is eating. Went to area and found 2 pellets at 1 of her hunting perches. 7:12 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box scraping. 7:36 pm. she is preening for about 10 minutes then goes to sleep.

March   25/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:51 am. she is awake. Snow storm with high winds. 6:56 FK. out of nest box and on H.M.K.T.

but can't hang on 6:59 she is back in the H.M.K.T. nest box waiting out the storm. FK. 7:36 am. she is in the door 7:38 am. FK. flies to a favorite perch. The after a short stay she flies away and we did not see her until 5:52 pm. in and out H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:57 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box scraping then sits out on door branch. 7:01 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box preening then to sleep.

March   26/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. FK. awoke at 6:58 am. 7:05 am. out and on door branch until 7:06 am. then flew towards nearby park.

7:30 am. FK. on 1 of her favorite telephone pole perches then at 8:00 am. she was gone. Did not see her all day. 5:00 pm. Fk. on tele pole perch.     5:02 pm. FK. in K-2 nest box, quick scape and out, flies to nearby tree. 6:06 pm. still on nearby tree. 7:14 pm. she flies to and in H.M.K.T/. nest box and preens. 7:22 pm. FK. asleep.

March   27/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. &;00 am. FK. awake and in door. then gone. 7:23 am. FK. on nearby tree and other hunting spots.

9:36 am. she has gone from area. 5:25 pm. FK. returns to research area and sits on a nearby tree. 5:41 pm. FK. in K-2 nest box scrapping, then out and sits on nearby tree. 7:35 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box scrapping, preening , then to sleep.

March   28/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:49 am. FK. awake and preening.6:52 am. in door of H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:53 am. she is out on door

branch. 6:59 am. FK. flies and sits in  one of her favorite trees. 7:29 am. FK. gone from area.  2:00 pm. MK. arrives and sits on H.M.K.T. FK. inside H.M.K.T. nest box bowing and calling to MK. MK. looks in at FK. She flies out of nest box and 2:45 pm. copulation occurs and again at 2:58 pm. MK. wasting no time for romance. Then both sit on H.M.K.T. Mk. and FK. in and out of nest box several times today. 3:48 pm. 6:00 pm. and 7:29 pm. copulation occurs. 7:50 pm. FK. proceeds to enter nest box. She is tucked in for the night. 8:05 pm. MK. enters H.M.K.T. nest box and is brutally attacked by FK.  8:10 pm. MK. is out and then goes in again and is attacked again. Mk. out and sits on door branch of H.M.K.T. until 8:14 pm. FK. asleep in nest box. Click here to see the video.

March   29/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:48 am. FK. in door 6:50 am. she is out and sits on H.M.K.T. 7:01 am. she is gone. 8:14 FK. back on

H.M.K.T. 8:17 am. FK in and out of nest box and then sits on door branch. FK. and MK. hunting on several different perches in our research area throughout the day. Several copulations have been noted. 3:02 pm. we spot FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and perches in our research area with some type of kill (hard to tell what it is). Both also have been in and out of K-2 and H.M.K.T. nest boxes several times. 7:12 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box scrapped and then to sleep. MK. in and out of K-2 nest box and on near by tree. 8:00 pm. MK. gone from area, FK. asleep in H.M.K.T. nest box.

March   30/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:53 am. FK. awake 7:11 am. she is in the door 7:18 am. FK. out of nest box and sits on nearby

perches. 7:27 am. MK. and FK. sit in nearby tree. Both have in and out of K-2 and H.M.K.T. nest boxes and sitting on several perches all day. 7:30 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box MK. in and out of K-2 nest box. 7:55 pm. MK. looks in H.M.K.T. nest box wakes FK. up. FK. starts to call and bow then MK flies away for the night.

March   31/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:52 am. FK. gone from nest box. 7:14 am. FK. and MK. on nearby tree. 7:57 am. MK. in H.M.K.T.

nest box calling FK. still on nearby tree. 8:56 am both sit on another nearby tree until 9:45 am. 10:45 am. FK. eating a meadow vole on nearby tree 11:22 MK. in H.M.K.T nest box scrapping. 11:34 am. both gone from research area. 2:58 pm. both here again sitting on nearby trees and in and out of nest boxes. 7:43 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box preening and then to sleep. MK. on nearby tree.

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April       1/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:34 am. FK. awake and preening and back to sleep. 6:40 am. FK. in door 6:45am. FK. gone. 7:00 am.

MK. in K-2 nest box srapping and calling. 7:09 am. FK. on wire and then 7:22 am. in and out K-2 nest box then both sit on nearby trees. MK. and FK. sit on nearby perches, in and out of both nest boxes and leave research area & back all day. 8:04 pm. MK. looks in at FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box FK. calling and bowing then MK. on H.M.K.T. 8:15 pm. MK. flies away. Fk. in H.M.K.T. nest box trying to cough-up pellet the to sleep.

April      2/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:50 am. FK. awake. 6:54 am. FK. in door. 6;56 am. FK flies to and sits on a favorite perch. 7:13 am.

FK. and MK. on a favorite tree. Today FK. and MK. perched on several favorite places in and out both nest boxes. There were 3 copulations we witnessed and 2 times FK. eating meadow vole. 7:42 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box scrapping then to sleep. 8:13 pm. MK. looks in on her 8:15 pm. MK. flies away.

April      3/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:43 am. FK. awake. 6:49 am. FK. in door. 6:54 am. FK. on H.M.K.T. door branch. 6:55 am. FK. flies

to right and sits on nearby tree. 7:07 am. MK. joins FK. on nearby tree. 7:11 am. MK. flies to H.M.K.T. nest box and looks in then sits in H.M.K.T. 7:14 am. MK. flies right and sits with FK. on nearby tree. They both proceeded to sit on nearby trees and in and out of both nest boxes. There were also some copulations and MK. bringing FK. some voles. 8:01 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and has gone to sleep.

April      4/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:33 am. FK. awake. 6:45 am. FK. in door of H.M.K.T. nest box she was there for 2 minutes and then

sat on H.M.K.T. door branch then flew to nearby tree and sits with MK. 7:37 am. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box FK. sill on nearby tree. 7:38 am. MK. out of nest box and sits on nearby tree. 7:50 am. both now on nearby tree. FK. and MK. have been in and out of both nest boxes, sitting on nearby trees all day and evening. Mk. Has been bringing FK. several voles, she is eating well. ( male bringing female food is a part of the courting ritual. ) 7:40 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box preening and scrapping. 8:00 pm. FK. is out of nest box and flies to nearby tree where MK. has a vole for her bedtime snack. 8:14 pm. FK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box MK. still on nearby tree. 8:28 pm. FK. asleep and MK. gone.

April      5/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:33 am. awake. 6:40 in door. 6:44 FK. flies to nearby tree and sits with MK. copulation. 7:30 am.

both still in nearby tree. Several other copulations and vole feedings, both sit on nearby hunting perches and in and out of nest boxes throughout the day. 7:00 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box for the night. 7:25 pm. MK. on nearby tree. 7:35 pm. Mk. looks in on FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and wakes her up the MK. on H.M.K.T. and gone for the night. FK. back to sleep.

April      6/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:35 am. FK. awake and preening. 6:48 am. FK. in door. 6:55 am. Gone from nest box and sits on

nearby tree. 7:25 am. MK. joins FK. on nearby tree.7:50 MK. gone and FK. still on tree. 8:12 am. Both are now gone from research area. MK. & FK.    sat on nearby trees and we gone from area several times today. (very stormy, wind, snow.) they did not enter both nest boxes until 6:58 pm. FK. was in first at this time and quickly went to sleep. 7:36 pm. MK. looks in nest box at FK. and flies to nearby tree. 8:02 pm. MK. on H.M.K.T. FK. goes out of nest box goes to MK. and then flies away. (did MK. bring her food ??) Then both in H.M.K.T. nest box and no squabbling. 8:25 pm. both sleeping. What will happen comes morning ??

April      7/22   FK. and MK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box ( very stormy ). Both in nest box sleeping is very rare !! 6:41 am. FK. out on door branch MK.

still sleeping. 6;46 am. FK. gone MK. still sleeping. MK. awake and preening then back to sleep. 8:10 am. MK. still sleeping in H.M.K.T. nest box FK. on nearby tree hunting. 8:22 am. MK. in door of H.M.K.T. nest box then flies to FK. on nearby tree. Both sitting and hunting in research area all day and evening. 7:52 pm. FK. on H.M.K.T. then enters nest box. 8:18 pm. FK. out of nest box & flies away. 8:21 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box 8:24 pm. FK. in nest box with MK. just a little chatter and both gone to sleep. NOTE: winds were very high to day with gusts over 65 Km/h.

April      8/22   FK. and MK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. WOW ! 6:28 am. FK in door MK. still sleeping. 6:31 am. FK on door branch MK. awake then

MK. back to sleep. 6:36 am. FK flies to wire left then flies right circles around left and lands on nearby tree. 6:48 am. MK. awake and preening then in door. 6:54 am. MK. on door branch then flies right to hydro wire. 6:56 FK. flies from nearby tree and joins MK. on right hydro wire. Both were on several perches (hunting spots) during the day, also in and out both nest boxes calling and scrapping. Which nest box will it be ?? MK. has been suppling FK. with several voles and then copulating with her several times. When will FK. lay her fist egg? 8:10 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box calling and then joins FK. on nearby tree. 8:20 pm. MK. back in nest box calling again FK. still on nearby tree. 8:30 pm. FK. enters nest box and MK. begins bowing and calling. Both preen and then to sleep.

April      9/22   FK. and MK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. (This is starting to be a normal activity, how long will it last.) 6:29 am. FK. and MK. awake

looking at each other as to say who is going out first. 6:31 am. MK. in door then on door branch. 6:33 am. FK. in door and out on door branch MK. sits on another H.M.K.T. branch. 6:34 am. Both fly to an nearby tree and sit. 7:01 am. MK. dives at Red Squirrel under H.M.K.T. and then sits on KP #1 and hunts. 7:12 am. MK. in K-2 nest box calling then out and gone from research area. FK. still on nearby tree. FK. and MK. Have been sitting on nearby trees, hydro wires and in and out of both nest boxes. There also were copulations and vole feedings in the research area all day and evening. 8:30 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box then out reacting to geese taking off nearby. Then back into H.M.K.T. nest box. 8:35 pm. Mk. in K-2 nest box calling and then quiet and looking around. 8:40 pm. FK. asleep in H.M.K.T. nest box and MK. in K-2 nest box both are asleep. Will MK. now sleep in K-2 nest box every night, time will tell.

April    10/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. MK. stayed the night in the K-2 nest box. 6:29 am. FK. in door H.M.K.T. nest box MK. still sleeping in

K-2 nest box. 6:32 am. FK. on door branch then flies to nearby hydro wire. MK. now awake and in door of K-2 nest box. 6:36 am. MK. flies to FK. still on wire. 6:41 am. copulation occurs. 6:51 am. FK. now flies and sits on nearby tree MK. gone. 6:55 am. FK. coughs up a pellet. 7:10 am. Both now on nearby tree and 7:17 am. copulation occurs again. 7:27 am. both sit on nearby trees. 8:00 am. went outside to adjust new outside camera. 8:10 am. in and out of K-2 nest box and then sits on nearby tree. Several vole feedings today many copulations and sitting on nearby trees. 10:55 am. another female Kestrel is in the area. Our FK. chases the other female away and is on guard of her nest boxes. MK. was sitting next to foreign female very far away from research area. MK. better not get himself in trouble. The day continues on with hunting, feedings, and in and out both nest boxes. 8:17 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box. 8:30 pm. FK. asleep in H.M.K.T. nest box and MK. asleep in K-2 nest box.

April    11/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. MK. stayed the night in the K-2 nest box. Looks like MK. has his bachelor pad. 6:18 am. both are

awake. 6:20 am. MK. in door K-2 nest box 6:24 am. MK. out K-2 nest box and on nearby tree then FK. in door H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:29 am. FK. flies to MK. on nearby tree. 6:52 am. MK. gone and FK. still on tree. 7:00 am. MK. brings FK. a vole on nearby tree. 7:18 am. both have gone from research area. We are now going to H.M.K.T. nest box and adding another branch for MK. and FK. to sit on. This branch is viewable to the top right on the outside camera. 8;17 am. we are done and house is back in action. MK. and FK. have been doing their usual Kestrel things, perching, hunting, eating, copulating and in and out of both nest boxes. The food (voles) has been plentiful and some storing has occurred. 8:09 pm. MK. brings FK. (she was already asleep in H.M.K.T. nest box) another vole. FK. wakes up and gives MK. a chatter, then he leaves and stores the vole. 8:33 pm. MK. again wakes FK. up she chatters at him. 8:35 pm. MK. is in K-2 nest box and goes to sleep.

April    12/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. MK. stayed the night in the K-2 nest box. 6:09 am. FK. awake MK. still sleeping. 6:19 am. FK. in door

H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:23 am. FK. on H.M.K.T. door branch MK. in door K-2 nest box.6:38 am. Both now sit on hydro wire in research area. 7:08 am. MK. on H.M.K.T. and FK. on nearby tree. ! FK. and MK. have been in research area hunting, perching, and eating. We have seen several voles eaten today and witnessed 6 copulations, this would not include the copulations we have not seen. They have been protecting their nest boxes and diving at (Geese, Red Squirrels, Magpies and any other intruders.)  7:50 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box asleep. 8:17 pm. MK. in K-2 nest box asleep. MAJOR WINTER STORM WARNING FOR OUR AREA !

April    13/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. MK. stayed the night in the K-2 nest box. 4:46 am. the snow has started winds up to 67 Km/h. 6:32 am

both woke up briefly then back to sleep snow accumulation in both nest boxes. 7:08 am. both still in nest boxes. 7:44 am. MK. in door K-2 nest box. FK. still in H.M.K.T. nest box. ( this snow will defiantly slow the mating and egg laying process). 7:45 am. MK. in door K-2 nest box. 7:49 am. MK. out of nest box and in K-2 tree very brief then gone. 8:00 am. FK. still in H.M.K.T. nest box. 8:01 am. FK. in door then out and sits on door branch. 8:03 am. FK. flies right and sits on hydro wire. We did not see FK. and MK. briefly for most of the day due to the high winds and snow. We suspect that they are tucked in a nearby evergreen tree tight to the trunk to get away from the storm. FK. did have a vole at one time that we observed. MK at 8:07 pm. was at H.M.K.T. nest box calling then he flew away. 8:09 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and has gone to sleep. 8:30 pm. MK. in and out of K-2 nest box and then flies away for the night. This has been the worst acumulation of snow in both nest boxes we have ever witnessed. It’s very possible once the storm is over we might have to remove snow and replace the nesting material.

April    14/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. MK. did not stay in K-2 nest box. 6:42 am. FK. snow covered still sleeping in H.M.K.T. nest box.

Have not seen MK. yet. 7:36 am. FK. wakes up then 7:39 am. back to sleep. 8:10 am. she wakes up again looks around and back to sleep again. 8:42 am. FK. up and shakes off snow and out of H.M.K.T. nest box and sits on door branch. 8;48 am. FK. flies to nearby hydro wire. 8:51 am. MK. lands on nearby tree. 8:59 am. FK. flies to nearby tree MK. has gone from research area. Still storming wind and snow. Both sit on nearby trees all day. 6:57 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and to sleep. 8:33 pm. MK. looks in on FK. and sits on door branch. 8:38 pm. MK. in K-2 nest box moving around and the to sleep.

April    15/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. MK. stayed the night in the K-2 nest box. 3:29 am. MK. is sleeping on inside door ledge of K-2 nest

box. MK. awake K-2 nest box and on inside ledge looking out. 6:33 am. MK. out of K-2 nest box and sits on nearby tree. FK. still sleeping. 6:39 am. FK. awake briefly then back to sleep. MK. still on nearby tree. 7:02 am. FK. out of H.M.K.T. nest box and sits on door branch MK. still on nearby tree. 7:04 am. FK. flies and sits with MK. on nearby tree. 8:30 am. we went out to clean snow from both nest boxes. 9:40 am. we are finished both nest boxes and waiting for FK. and MK. to return. 3:30 pm. FK. on hydro wire. 5:02 pm. FK. begins to call and goes into mating posture MK. responds and copulation occurs both sit on nearby tree. 5:45 pm. FK. in K-2 nest box scrapping and then out. 5:47 pm. both sit on nearby tree. 6:55 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box calling then sits on door branch. 6:56 pm. FK. in K-2 nest box preening and then to sleep. 8:48 pm. MK. looks in door of H.M.K.T. nest box calling then he enters the nest box and goes to sleep.

April    16/22   MK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. FK. stayed the night in the K-2 nest box. A switch in sleeping quarters. 6:13 am FK. awake and

preening. 6:21 am. FK. in door K-2 nest box then out and sits on nearby hydro wire. MK. still sleeping. 6:58 am. FK. now on nearby tree. 7:11 am. MK. awake FK. still on nearby tree. 7:15am. MK out of H.M.K.T. nest box and on door branch. 7:18 am. FK flies to FK. on nearby tree. Both hunting on nearby perches some copulations MK. trying to call FK. back to H.M.K.T. nest box several times. 2:07 pm. FK. finally in H.M.K.T. nest box scrapping then sits quiet. Both again hunting from nearby trees, voles are on the menu but today FK. was eating a bird. 8:09 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and immediately goes to sleep. 8:41 pm. MK. at H.M.K.T. nest box door and wakes up FK. and she begins to bow MK. sits on door branch. 8:52 pm. MK. in door then in H.M.K.T. nest box with FK. both chatter and bow. Then finally after a little moving around they both cuddle close to each other and go to sleep.  Wondering when eggs with be produced?? Here are some stats from 2014 to 2021 these are based on when both sexes are here. Average to first egg is 28 days, shortest is 20 days and longest is 40 days.

April    17/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:19 am. FK. awake. 6:20 am. FK. wakes up MK. while heading to door, out and sits on door

branch, then flies to and sits on nearby tree. 6:45 am. FK. still on nearby tree MK. still sleeping. 7:16 am MK. wakes up and in door. 7:22 am. MK. flies to FK. on nearby tree copulation occurs and they both sit. 7:35 am. MK. gone and FK. flies to anther nearby tree. Both spent the day sitting on nearby trees, hydro wires and in and out H.M.K.T. and K-2 nest boxes. More snow and the vole hunting is getting difficult for them. They have been seen swooping at the many birds in our research area and have been successful at times. There have copulations several times.  7:37 pm. FK. in K-2 nest box asleep. 8:35 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box asleep. Small amounts of snow has accumulated in both nest boxes.

April    18/22   MK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. FK. stayed the night in the K-2 nest box. Still snowing. 6:46 am. FK. in door K-2 nest box MK. still

sleeping in H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:48 am.FK. out of nest box and sits on nearby tree. 7:03 am MK. in door of H.M.K.T. nest box 7:05 am. MK. flies to nearby tree with FK. and copulation occurs. During the day they sit on various perches in research area. 10:46 am. FK. in and out K-2 nest box and then both are gone from research area. 4:20 pm. MK. and FK. return to research area. MK. takes a dive at birds. Voles still may be difficult to find. They both continue to hunt in area. Both are in and out of H.M.K.T. nest box. 8:04 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and asleep. 8:10 pm. FK. enters H.M.K.T. nest box and chatters at MK. a little shoving, both start to preen and then both asleep.

April    19/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:20 am. FK. awake and out, sits on door branch. 6:22 am. FK. flies to and sits on hydro wire.

6:39 am. MK. awake and preening. 7:09 am. MK. and FK. on H.M.K.T. They both are sitting and hunting on several perches in research area. Birds still seem to be on the menu but, the snow is melting and there are more exposed areas of grasses so maybe the next few days will bring back the vole diet. 8:25 pm. Both sit on nearby tree. 8:30 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and asleep. 8:40 pm. MK. lands on H.M.K.T. and preens. 8:46 pm. MK. looks in on FK. in nest box. 8:49 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box with FK. a little chatter and both go to sleep.

April    20/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:14 am. FK. awake and preening. MK. still sleeping. 6:24 am. FK in door she wakes MK. up

then he is back to sleep. 6:29 am. FK. out and sits on door branch. 6:39 am. FK flies to and sits on hydro wire. 7:09 am. out of nest box and sits on nearby tree. FK. now on nearby tree. FK. in H.M.K.T nest box scrapping. 8:45 am. FK. ot and sits on door branch calling. 8:49 am. MK. flies by and FK. follows him. 9:45 am. FK. in and out H.M.K.T. nest box then sits on door branch calling. MK. lands on door branch and copulation occurs. 10:35 am. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box scrapping and preening then sits quitly till 10:55 am. then out and sits on wheel house MK. in and out nest box then copulation occurs on wheel house. FK. flies and sits on nearby tree MK. gone from research area. MK. and FK. are in and out of both nest boxes and sitting on H.M.K.T. 6:40 pm. MK. brings FK. a vole and she sits on nearby tree eating. 8:21 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box preening. 8:25 pm. FK. out on nest box and flies to nearby tree where MK. has another vole for her. 8:34 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box then FK. in and chatters at him. 8:37 pm. MK. out of nest box FK. now sleeping. 8:56 pm. MK. looks in nest box then flies away. 8:58 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box with FK. and both go to sleep.  Unfortunately environment Canada has another winter storm warning out for this weekend MK. and FK. welcome again to Winter-peg.

April    21/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:07 AM. FK. awake 6:23 am. FK. in door and out on door branch MK. still sleeping. 6:26 am.

FK. flies and sits on hydro wire. 6:39 am. MK. awake then back to sleep. 7:01 am. MK. in door of H.M.K.T. nest box FK. on nearby tree. 7:05 am. MK. out and sits on door branch then flies to FK. on nearby tree. 7:50 am. FK. on another nearby tree and MK. on hydro wire. 8:03 am. MK on nearby tree with FK. 8:27 am. MK. still on tree FK. gone from research area. Both in and out of nest boxes and sitting on assorted perches all day. Vole kills are becoming more evident and some copulations. 8:36 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box asleep. 8:51 pm. MK. joins FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box preens and then to sleep.

April    22/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:06 am. FK. awake and on door branch MK. awake. 6:07 am. MK. in door and then out on

H.M.K.T. FK. still on door branch. 6:11 am. MK. flies away FK. still on door branch. 6:23 am. FK back in H.M.K.T. nest box snow/rain has started. 6:46 am. FK. in door then on door branch now it is snowing. 6:50 am. FK. and MK. out of research area. 8:55 am. FK. on hydro wire.10:01 am. MK. in and out of H.M.K.T. nest box then out and briefly sits on nearby tree. Both MK. and FK. out of research area.11:40 am. FK. on H.M.K.T. then flies away. 12:29 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box preening and scrapping 12:35 pm. FK. out on door branch then flies away. 12:40 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box scrapping then out. 1:43 pm. FK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box scrapping then sits quietly. 1:49 pm. FK. on door branch then flies away. Both now out of research area. 7:46 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box calls then out and gone. 8:02 pm. FK. lands on H.M.K.T. 8:07 pm. FK. enters nest box preens and then to sleep. 8:20 pm. MK. in door of H.M.K.T, nest box and wakes FK. up a little bowing and chatter then MK. on H.M.K.T. 8:29 pm. MK back in nest box chattering and both preen. 8:45 pm. both have gone to sleep. Snow today wet and then changed to rain most of the day.

April    23/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. Light drizzle this morning. FK. 6:40 am. FK. in door MK. awake preening then back to sleep.

6:50 FK. gone from door branch and flies and sits on nearby hydro wire. 6:59 am. MK. in door. 7:03 am. MK flies to FK. on nearby hydro wire and copulation occurs. 7:07 am. Both can not be seen. Thunder storms circling area high winds and rain fall all day and night overland flooding of research area. 11:28 am. FK on hydro wire magpie harassing her due to MK. had brought her a vole MK. chases the magpie away. 12:28 pm. MK. in and out H.M.K.T. nest box. Did not see much of MK. and FK. all day due to storm. 4:40 pm. MK. on nearby tree FK. on hydro wire FK. enters the      H.M.K.T. nest box scrapping. Then she sits on door branch. 5:07 pm. FK. flies away. 5:14 pm. both sit on nearby hydro wire. 5:40 pm. MK. brings FK. a vole then he flies away. 7:46 pm FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box soaking wet, preening is a need. 8:29 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box soaking wet  FK.  Both chatter and shake then huddle close and go to sleep.

April    24/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. Still raining and high winds up to 69 Km/h. 6:55 am. FK. in door MK. still asleep. 7:06 am. FK.

MK. preening then back to sleep. 7:08 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire. 7:15 am. FK. gone MK. still sleeping. 8:02 MK. awake preens then back to sleep. 8:25 am. FK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box with MK. Weather still brutal. 9:00am. MK. and FK. still in nest box. 9:46 am. FK. out and sits on door branch. 9:59 am. FK. flies to the right and gone. MK. still sleeping. 11:47 am MK. in door. 11:54 am. MK. out and gone. We suspect that during the bad weather MK. and FK. are near but hiding in huge evergreens under cover. 3:54 pm. MK. in and out H.M.K.T. nest box. 4:11 pm. FK. on nearby hydro wire MK. on nearby tree. 7:04 pm. MK. in and out K-2 nest box. 8:00pm. MK. on KP #3 with a vole then flies right. 8:21 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box asleep. 8:47 pm. MK. lands on H.M.K.T. FK. calling but MK. is fighting the wind and at 8:49 pm. he flies away. 8:56 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and both now asleep.

April    25/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. Snow in the nest box again and winds just won't die down. 6:10 am. FK. awake & preening.

6:50 am. FK. in door MK. still sleeping. 7:04 am. FK. gone from door and sits on nearby hydro wire. 7:36 am. FK. gone from research area. 7:51 am. MK. in door. 7:55 am. MK. gone from research area. 8:34 am. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box sitting quietly then to sleep. 9:36 am. FK out of nest box and flies right. 9:44 am. FK. and MK. sit on nearby tree 10:55 am. both still same. 10:56 am. 10:56 am. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box then out flies back to FK. and copulation occurs. 11:32 am. MK. on hydro wire. 1:00 pm. both on nearby hydro wire. 1:22 pm. MK. in and out H.M.K.T. nest box and then flies away no sign of FK. 2:30 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box a little scrapping then to sleep. 3:07 pm. FK. still in nest box. 3:18 pm. MK. in K-2 nest box calling. 4:12 pm. FK. out on door branch 4:21 pm. FK. flies away MK. lands on door branch with vole, then sits on nearby hydro wire with vole and gives it to FK. 5:19 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and out then back in and scrapping. 5:54 pm. FK. on nearby tree. 7:12 pm. FK. on nearby hydro wire. 7:19 pm. MK. now on wire. 7:36 pm. both on nearby hydro wires. 8:14 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box preening then to sleep. MK. did not sleep in either nest box.

April    26/22   FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. Do not know where MK. slept. 6:07 am. FK. awake and preening. 6:40 am. FK. in door. 6:49 am. FK.

gone from nest box and flies left. 7:08 am. do not see FK. or MK. in research area. 7:22 am. MK. on nearby tree. 7:46 am. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box in and out and sits on door branch FK. on nearby tree. 7:49 am. MK. flies to the right and gone. 7:51 am. MK. bring FK. a vole. 7:55 FK. eating then drops vole. 8:22am. MK. in and out of H.M.K.T. nest box then sits on door branch. Interesting day, MK. took several dives at birds and we witnessed 4 vole deliveries. One of the voles was not headless and FK. would not accept it until MK. removed the head ( this is part of the courtship process that voles must have head removed. ) There were several copulations and FK. has changed here demeanor inside the nest box she has been scraping then sitting quietly in the nest bowl. Could an egg be coming soon ? Sitting on nearby perches including the KP poles and in and out of both nest boxes went on all day and into the evening. 8:14 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box. 8:51 pm. MK. lands on door branch and its skip the dishes vole delivery FK. out of nest box and takes the vole. 8:57 pm. FK. in nest box with vole eating MK. still on H.M.K.T. 9:05 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box with FK. and they both chatter and go to sleep.

April    27/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:56 am. both are gone from nest box did not see where they went. 6:06 am. FK. lands on

nearby tree followed by MK. then copulations occurs. 6:36 am. copulation again. 6:52 am. copulation. 7:00 am. copulation. We would defiantly say eggs are near. 7:26 am. MK. brings FK. a vole and she sits on nearby tree eating. 9:12 am. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box preening, working on nest bowl. FK. has been in nest box for about 2 hrs 20 min. 11:31 am. FK. in door. 11:37 am. FK. on door branch MK. arrives and copulation. 11:39 am. bothon nearby tree. 12:13 pm. FK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box cleaning vole fragments. 1:10 pm. MK. brings FK. another vole. 1:14 pm. FK. eating vole on nearby tree MK. flying from perch to perch. 1:21 pm. MK. looks in K-2 nest box. 1:32 pm. both on nearby tree. 2:22 pm. FK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box. 4:44 pm. MK. delivers vole to FK. on nearby tree. 4:57 pm. MK. in and out of both nest boxes. 5:01 pm. FK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:37 pm. FK. in door then sits on door branch. 7:20 pm. MK. delivers another vole to FK. on nearby tree. 7:30 pm. a foreign female arrives and FK. chases her away. 8:33 pm. MK. in and out H.M.K.T. nest box FK. still on nearby tree. 8:57 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box. 9:04 pm MK. enters nest box with FK. a little chat and then both to sleep. We have witnessed several vole deliveries today, how many more were there not in our research area ??

April    28/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:54 am. both gone from nest box and sit on nearby tree. Both spent most of the day sitting

on nearby perches in and out of both nest boxes. Some vole deliveries and copulations occur. 8:40 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box. 8:52 pm. MK. skip the dishes delivery for FK. in nest box. She eats vole while MK. watches and then 8:55 pm. both go to sleep.

April    29/22   MK. and FK. stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:45 am. FK. in door MK. awake pacing waiting for FK. to leave door opening then she leaves

then MK. in door and both on H.M.K.T. for a moment and fly to and sit on nearby hydro wire.  6:18 am. FK. flies to nearby tree then both gone from research area. 7:04 am. MK. on H.M.K.T. FK. on nearby tree. 7:54 am. FK. enters H.M.K.T. nest box. MK. on nearby tree. FK. spent all the time in nest box MK. on several perches nearby. 10:00 am. FK. layes her first egg.  2 photos on 2022 photos page and a short video on the 2022 highlights raw videos page. 10:50 am. FK. flies out of nest box and lands on nearby tree MK. with vole on H.M.K.T. then flies to FK. and give her the vole. FK. not eating vole buts coughs up a pellet then starts to eat. 11:07 am. MK. on nearby tree. and FK. back in nest box. 1:12 am. another headless vole for FK. she needs the calcium for another egg which will be on Sunday May 1/2022. 1:19 pm. MK. in nest box and looks at his egg, then out. 1:57 pm. FK. out an on nearby tree MK. out research area. 2:33 pm. MK. lands on H.M.K.T. FK. in side nest box chattering at him. 2:37 pm. MK. flies away FK. still on here egg. 3:55 pm. MK. lands on nearby tree and has a vole. 3:57 pm. MK. delivers vole to FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box. FK. out of nest box and flies to nearby tree to eat, MK. is on H.M.K.T. on guard. 4:27 pm. FK. now back in nest box with eggy #1 MK. on nearby tree. 5:50 pm. FK. out of nest box and MK. delivers another vole. 6:03 pm. both sit on nearby tree. 6:26 pm. FK. back in nest box with eggy #1. MK. on lookout large flock on seagulls pas over head, then he chases away some crows.Big question, now that there is an egg will FK. allow MK. to sleep in the nest box with her and eggy #1. 8:47 pm. Both in nest box chattering, no one is on eggy #1 both go to sleep. 9:47 pm. still no one on eggy #1 11:59 pm. still no one on eggy #1. This is a concern to us. We would also like to announce our 3 to 4 part radio pod cast on the American Kestrel Falcons which will air on CKUW 95.9 FM. There will be a link on Kestrel Korner later in the summer for all to listen.

April    30/22   MK. FK. and eggy #1 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 12:34 am. still no one on eggy #1. 4:35 am. still no one on eggy #1. 6:09 am. both are

awake chatter then FK. in door. 6:12 am. FK. on door branch then back in H.M.K.T. nest box chatter again, no one on eggy#1. 6:13 am. MK. now in door then on door branch FK. in nest box ignoring eggy #1. 6:17 am. FK. asleep but ignoring eggy #1. We believe from being uncovered so long the eggy #1 is now nonviable. 6:30 am. MK. still on door branch. 6:45 am. MK. flies away out of research area. 7:36 am. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box but not on eggy #1. 7:42 am. FK. now on eggy #1. 8:47 am. FK. still in H.M.K.T. nest box on eggy #1 MK. not in research area. 9:24 am. MK. makes a vole delivery FK. takes vole and out of nest box and both are gone from research area eggy #1 unattended. 10:37 am. FK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box but ignoring eggy #1. 10:39 am. FK. now on eggy #1.11:28 am. FK. still in nest box but standing over egg #1. 12:25 pm. FK. out and on door branch MK. brings her a vole. 12:33 pm. FK. in nest box picking at vole then out on door branch with vole. 12:40 pm. FK. flies right and gone MK. is also not in research area, again eggy #1 unattended. 1:05 pm. FK. on H.M.K.T. and sits there untill 2:00 pm. and gone. 2:47 pm. MK. on door branch then sits on backside of H.M.K.T. behind nest box. 3:24 pm. FK. lands on door branch MK. comes from back on nest box and copulation and back behind nest box. 3:27 FK. in nest box picking at nesting media and then sits on eggy #1. 4:15 pm. FK. not on eggy #1 but standing over it. MK. still on back of nest box outside. 7:03 pm. FK. in nest box still standing over eggy #1 preening MK. still on back side of H.M.K.T. 8:10 pm. FK. still standing over egg. MK. is gone. 8:44 pm. FK. now in coner of nest box not near eggy #1. 8:51 pm. MK. enters nest box and they chatter. 9:00 pm. MK. and FK. both asleep.  It rained all day and night. This will be interesting what will happen tomorrow when eggy #2 is scheduled to be laid. Lower temperatures below freezing next few nights if the eggy #2 is laid today and the actions of the MK. and FK. do not change we will have frozen eggs. In 2015 there were 4 eggs abandon ( we don't know why ) and they had froze !!! The Kestrels never returned after abandonment. Nature can be beautiful but also harsh.

MAY    01/22   MK. FK. and eggy #1 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. What will happen today with eggy #2 scheduled. FK. and MK. are acting differently

than other years! Is this a new inexperienced couple ?? This goes to show no matter how many years we research these magnificent birds we can always see new habits and learn more about the species. Still raining. 5:65 am. both out of nest box and sit on H.M.K.T. 6:17 am. FK gone from H.M.K.T. MK. still under nest box. 6:31 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire MK. still under nest box. 6:41 am. FK. moved to another hydro wire MK. gone. 8:15 am. FK. flies to and sits on KP #4 then on nearby tree. 8:25 am. MK. lands on H.M.K.T. with a vole FK. flies to him and takes vole and flies right to store vole. 8:42 am. FK. back on H.M.K.T. with MK. Mk. in H.M.K.T. nest box briefly then flies to FK. on nearby hydro wire and copulation occurs. 11:06 am. FK. in nest box on eggy #1 then to sleep. 12:05 pm. MK. brings vole to H.M.K.T. FK .out of nest box takes vole eats inside nest box. MK. gone. 12:36 pm. MK. arrives with another vole FK. stores this vole in tall grass next to an evergreen then sits on KP #4 MK. flies to FK. and copulation occurs. 12:44 MK. has vole and sores it in evergreen tree FK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box on eggy #1. 1:04 pm. FK. in labor and lays eggy #2. 1:48 pm. MK. arives with a shrew ( a small mammal, shews and moles are in the order of Insectivora ). 1:51 pm. Mk. delivers shrew to FK. on door branch and copulation occurs with FK. still holding shrew. MK. flies away and FK. stores shrew. ( 2 voles & 1 shrew in storage ). 2:07 pm. FK. flies around then in H.M.K.T. nest box immediately on 2 eggys. These actions are now more to the normal habits. 4:02 pm. FK. still on eggys and MK. delivers yet another vole FK. takes vole and is eating on door branch. MK. is proving to be a good provider. 4:47 pm. back on 2 eggys. 6:49 pm. MK. with another vole FK. out of nest box and takes vole. 6:53 FK. still holding vole MK. flies away. 6:56 pm. copulation. FK. stores yet another vole. 8:20 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest bos on 2 eggys then goes to sleep. 8:59 pm. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box with FK. on 2 eggys FK. chatters at him but does not move off 2 eggys MK. goes to a corner and both go to sleep. Will there be an eggy #3 ???

MAY    02/22   MK. FK. and eggy #1 & #2 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:57 am. FK awake and in door MK. sleeping. 5:59 am. both gone from H.M.K.T.

nest box and sit on KP#4. 6:13 am. FK. gone 6:31 am. both gone. 6:54 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire. 6:56 am. FK. back on eggys #1 & #2. 8:01 am. MK. on nearby tree with vole. 8:11 am. MK. on H.M.K.T. and calls FK. out of nest box she takes vole then is eating then both sit on H.M.K.T. FK. finished eating and flies and sits on nearby hydro wire 8:35 MK. joins her and copulation occurs. 8:38 am. MK. attacks and makes contact with a crow in his domain FK. on hydro wire. 8:40 am. copulation. FK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box on eggs MK. gone. 9:21 am. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box on eggy #1 & #2. 10:34 am. both on H.M.K.T. copulation occurs. Both seem to, be using KP poles lately. 12:52 pm. FK. back in nest box on eggs. 12:57 pm. FK. out of nest box. 1:26 pm. MK. is nest box and sits on 2 eggs for about 30 seconds and out. 6:03 pm. FK. back on eggs. 7:20 MK. lands on H.M.K.T. and FK.out of nest box. 8:47 pm. FK. back on eggs. 9:04 pm. MK. on door branch and FK. chattering at him fro inside nest box without leaving egg sitting. 9:11 pm. MK. enters nest box FK. chatters at him but does not move off eggs. Then both go to sleep. Both in and around research area with vole deliveries and copulations all day. Our concern is the amount of time eggs are not covered by MK. or FK. also MK’s. hesitation to sit on the eggs. Will the eggs still be viable ??  These behaviors are unusual according to our many years of research and it will be interesting to see how the season progresses. Ah nature sometimes beautiful sometimes harsh, an astonishing wounder !!!

MAY    03/22   MK. FK. and eggy #1 & #2 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:30 am. FK. awake and pushed MK. as to say wake up and sit on the eggs as

preen but he just went back to sleep. 5:42 am. FK. in door of H.M.K.T. nest box MK. sleeping. MK. seems to have no urge to sit on the eggs (very unusual ). 5:54 am. MK. pacing around nest box while FK. in door. 5:55 am. FK. out and MK. out like a shot. 6:13 am. both on nearby tree copulation occurs. 6:23 am. both gone from research area. 6:49 am. both on nearby tree. 7:35 am. FK. still on tree MK. gone. 7:50 am. FK. gone MK. on nearby tree. 8:00 am. both back on nearby tree. 8:19 am. FK. back on 2 eggs. 10:01 am. FK. out of H.M.K.T. nest box MK. has delivered a vole to FK. on nearby tree. 10:38 am. FK. back in nest box on 2 eggs. 11:09 am. a foreign female looks in and goes in K-2 nest box MK. on K-2 tree. FK. flies out of nest box and chases away foreign female. 11:17 am. FK. and MK. on nearby tree. 1:03 pm. FK. back on 2 eggs. 1:19 pm. MK. delivers another vole FK. out of nest box and flies to nearby tree and is eating. 1:45 pm. FK. back on 2 eggs. 2:13 pm. Black Capped Chickadee looks in door of H.M.K.T. nest box FK. ignores it. 2:17 pm. FK. in labor. 2:18:17 FK. lays 3rd egg. 3:05 pm. FK. on 3 eggs. 3:27 pm. MK. brings another vole FK. out of nest box takes vole and sits and eats on nearby tree. MK. gone from research area. 3:45 pm. FK. back on 3 eggs. 5:14 MK. yet another vole FK. out on nest box takes vole and sits on nearby tree eating MK. on door branch guarding nest box. 5:46 pm. FK. back on 3 eggs. 8:13 pm. FK. out of nest box and sits on nearby tree. 8:45 pm. MK. lands by FK. she is chattering at him. 8:54 pm. FK. back on 3 eggs. 9:01 pm. FK. on H.M.K.T. nest box roof waiting for a vole delivery then flies to nearby tree and get a vole from MK. 9:11 pm. FK. back in nest box on 3 eggs. 9:22 MK. enters nest box FK. chatters at him and does not get of 3 eggs then both go to sleep. MK. still reluctant to sit on the eggs.

MAY    04/22   MK. FK. and eggy #1, #2 & #3 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5;34 am. MK. out of nest box FK. on 3 eggs. 5:34 am. MK. gone from nest

box FK. on 3 eggs. 6:19 am. MK. not in research area. 6:54 am. MK. brings FK. a vole and she leaves the research area with it MK. on nearby tree. 7:00 am. Red Squirrel harasses MK. on nearby tree he spreads his tail and puffs up and Red Squirrel backs off and gone. 7:25 MK. still on nearby tree. 7:35 FK. returns and on 3 eggs MK. on nearby tree. 9:33 am. MK. arrives and has a vole FK. out of nest box and takes vole and eats on nearby tree. 9:51 am. FK. stores left over vole. 10:16 am. FK. back on 3 eggs. 12:45 MK. arrives with vole FK. takes vole and goes back in H.M.K.T. nest box with vole and eating. 12:53 pm. FK. out of nest box with left over vole and flies and sits on nearby hydro wire, she has again stored left over vole. 1:29 pm. FK. back on 3 eggs. 2:40 pm. MK. brings another vole to FK. she is out of nest box and takes vole and sits on nearby tree eating MK. chases away Crow and then gone from research area. 3:20 pm. FK. back on 3 eggs.4:28 pm. MK. arrives with a bird FK. takes it and flies to nearby tree eating MK. gone. 4:59 pm. FK. back on eggs. 6:21 MK. again brings another bird FK. takes bird and eats on nearby tree. 6: 45 pm. MK. looks in on his 3 eggs but not in nest box then both sit on nearby tree. 8:41 pm FK. on 3 eggs and goes to sleep. MK. did not sleep in nest box with FK. and 3 eggs. MK. again a great provider and protector but does not help with egg sitting, this seems strange compared to all previous years of our research. The eggs are left uncovered for more than the usual. Time will tell what will happen !!

MAY    05/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2 & #3 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. Eggy #4 today ??? 5:41 am. FK. in door of H.M.K.T/. nest box. 5:48 am. FK. out

of nest box and flies away. 6:05 am. FK. and MK. on nearby tree. 6:20 am. MK. brings vole at hydro wire FK. takes it and eating on nearby tree. 6:44 am. Both on nearby tree. 6:53 am. FK. back on 3 eggs. 8:41 am. MK. has vole on nearby tree and FK. flies to him and takes vole. 8:54 am. FK. finished eating then copulation occurs. 10:03 am. FK. back in nest box on 3 eggs. 10:49 am. MK. at nest box door with a bird, FK. takes bird and eating on nearby tree. 10:54 am. MK. in nest box inspection and counting how many eggs then out and sits on nearby tree. 11:00 am. copulation occurs. 11:19 am. FK. back on 3 eggs. 11:21 Male Norther Flicker ( woodpecker ) looks in door and on roof of H.M.K.T. nest box FK. on major alert.  2:07 pm. MK. at door of H.M.K.T. nest box FK. on 3 eggs inside lots of chattering going on. 2:19:52 pm. FK. lays egg #4. 4:05 pm. MK. delivers another bird FK. out and takes bird and flies to nearby tree then eating. 4:19 pm. FK. beack on 4 eggs MK. on nearby tree. 6:08 pm. MK. delivers vole to nearby tree FK. out on nest box and takes vole then sits and eats. 6:22pm. FK. back on 4 eggs. 8:53 pm. FK. out of nest box MK. on H.M.K.T. then both fly to nearby tree and copulation occurs. 9:04 pm. FK. back on 4 eggs then goes to sleep. Will there be a 5th egg ???

MAY    06/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3 and #4 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:57 am FK. awake on 4 eggs then back to sleep. 5:59 am. MK. on nearby

tree. 6:21 am. FK. in door of nest box 6:27 am. FK. out and flies and sits with MK. on nearby tree copulation. 6:34 am. FK. flies away but returns at 6:36 am. with a bird breakfast. 6:40 am. FK. back on 4 eggs MK. still on nearby tree. 7:44 am. MK. brings a bird to FK. on nearby tree she is out of nest box and takes bird and eating. 7:58 am. FK back on 4 eggs. 9:09 am. FK. flies and sits with MK. on nearby tree. 9:12 am FK. back on eggs. 10:12 am. Male Northern Flicker look in on FK. she is not impressed. 11:04 am. FK. in door MK. on KP #4 with a bird then FK. flies and takes bird then flies to nearby tree and eating. 11:22 am. FK. back on 4 eggs. MK. has been sitting on nearby perches all day hunting and guarding. 3:08 pm. FK. out of nest box MK. looks in on 4 eggs then flies to FK. and and tries to copulate but its to windy. 3:11 pm. FK. back in nest box on 4 eggs. 7:09 pm. FK. out of nest box goes for a round about fly and perching. 7:20 pm. FK. back on 4 eggs. 7:30 pm. MK. lands on H.M.K.T. with a vole FK. out of nest box takes vole and is eating on nearby tree. 7:38 pm. FK. back on 4 eggs MK. on nearby tree. MK. then gone for the night and FK. asleep on 4 eggs.

MAY    07/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, and 4 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. It’s eggy # 5 day will there be 5 ?? NOTE: since we have installed cameras

2014 there were only 2 years that they had only 4 eggs. 6:00 am. MK. flies from right and sits on nearby tree FK. still on 4 eggs. 6:09 am. FK. out of H.M.K.T. nest box and flies and sits with MK> on nearby tree. 6:13 am. Male Northern Flicker tapping on K-2 nest box FK. flies immediately with vole and in nest box on 4 eggs. 6:16 am. FK stores vole and then sits on KP #2 Flicker gone. 6:21 FK. enters K-2 nest box to check if there are any intruders ( Flicker ). 6:50 am. MK. flies away and FK. back on 4 eggs. 7:49 am. MK. brings FK. a bird she takes bird and flies to nearby tree and eating. 8:03 am. MK. gone FK. on 4 eggs.12:01 pm. FK. still on 4 eggs and MK. in door and she is chattering at him, but he has no food then FK. flies and sits on nearby tree. 12:09 pm. FK. back on 4 eggs. 12:35 pm. MK. back in door and no food so FK. is major pissed off at him, she is out and goes to hunt. Believe it or not MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box sitting on 4 eggs ( its about time ). FK. back on door branch chattering at MK. inside nest box then she is gone again. 12:56 pm. FK back and goes in nest box with MK. chatters and picks at him, he sits on door and then out and sits on door branch until 2:10 pm. then FK. out of nest box MK. looks in nope still only 4 eggs. 2:19 pm. FK. has a bird and sits and eats on nearby tree then MK. sits beside her. 2:19 pm. FK still eating. 2:26 pm. FK. back in nest box on 4 eggs MK. still on nearby tree. 3:46:23 pm. FK. lays her 5th egg.     4:50 pm. MK. arrives on H.M.K.T. with a bird. FK. takes bird and sits on H.M.K.T. eating MK. flies away. 4:59 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs. MK. diving at bird then sits on KP #1, very hig winds and MK. struggles to hang on then gone. 6:16 pm. FK. doing some stretching then in door and back on 5 eggs. 7:55 pm. FK. on 5 eggs sleeping for the night again MK. sleeps elsewhere. Will there be an egg #6 ?? Time will tell. Typical clutch of eggs is 2- 7 but 4-5 is most common.

MAY    08/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:14 am. FK. out of nest box and sits on nearby hydro wire. 6:27 am.

FK. back on 5 eggs. 7:43 am. FK. out of nest box goes for a quick fly and sit then back on 5 eggs this happens several times until 9:15 am. when MK. brings her a bird. 9:21 am. FK. in nest box with bird chattering at MK. whom is on H.M.K.T door branch. 9:24 am. FK. out of nest box then flies away to eat MK. on guard on door branch. 9:27 am. MK. flies away and FK. back on 5 eggs. She has been sitting in and out of door several times. 1:49 pm. MK. looks in H.M.K.T. nest box at FK. then she is out for a quick fly. 1:50 pm. MK. in nest box and sits on 5 eggs briefly and out then sits on nearby tree with FK. 2:02 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs. FK. again in door and back on 5 eggs several times. 5:50 pm. FK. out of nest box then flies to nearby tree with MK. 5:53 pm. MK. in nest box on eggs FK. on nearby tree. 6:10 pm. FK. back in nest box with MK. she chatters at him and he is out and he is out and gone FK. back on eggs. FK. stays in nest box on eggs then at 9:54 pm. she is asleep for the night. Is egg #6 going to arrive ???

MAY    09/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:10 am. FK. stretching wings then in door. 6:17 am. back on 5 eggs.

6:54 am. FK. out of nest box and sits on KP #4 and MK. in on 5 eggs. FK. on nearby hydro wire then on  K-2 nest box roof then on nearby tree. 7:05 am. FK. on KP #4. 7:13 am. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box and MK. out on door branch then 7:21 FK. is on 5 eggs MK. gone from research area. FK. stayed on 5 eggs from 7:13 am. until 3:31 pm. when she went in the door of nest box. Indication of full incubation meaning no more eggs. 4:26 pm. MK. arrives FK. out of nest box flies and sits on nearby tree and MK. in and on 5 eggs. 5:43 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box with MK. chatters at him MK. off eggs and out ( MK. on eggs for 1hr. 17min. They both have been protecting research area today from a Male and Female Northern Flickers. 6:47 pm. FK. in nest box on 5 eggs MK. hiding under nest box from the rain. 6:59 pm. FK. out and MK. in on 5 eggs. 7:03 pm. MK. gets pushed off of 5 eggs by FK. and then he sits on H.M.K.T. in the rain. 9:16 MK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box with FK. whom is sitting on 5 eggs both settle in and go to sleep. The last few days the couples demeanor has changed drastically. We have not witnessed any more copulations and food deliveries have been much less eggs have not been uncovered for very long. Which definitely means no more eggs and total incubation.                                              

MAY    10/22   FK. and MK. eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:30 am. both gone from nest box. 5:41 am. FK. beck on 5 eggs MK

not in research area. 7:36 am. MK. delivers bird FK. out of nest box flies to and sits on nearby tree eating. 7:38 am. MK. in nest box and on 5 eggs. 8:07 am. FK. back in nest box on eggs and MK. out and sits on H.M.K.T. 11:24 am MK. delivers bird FK. takes bird and flies and sits eating on nearby tree. MK. sits on KP #2 ( this KP #2 very close to nest box ). 11:32 am FK. back on 5 eggs. 1:16 pm. FK. takes a few short flights to stretch her wings get some fresh air. 1:19 FK. back on 5 eggs. 1:20 MK. delivers vole FK. takes vole and flies to and sits eating on nearby tree. 1:22 pm. MK. in nest box on eggs. 2:21 pm. FK. back in nest box on 5 eggs MK. out and gone from research area. 4:48 pm. MK. back with vole FK. takes vole and eating on nearby tree MK. on 5 eggs. 5:40 pm. MK. on alert 2 birds land on H.M.K.T. nest box roof. MK. out and birds fly away. 5:47 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. gone hunting. 7:54 pm. MK. delivers vole FK. out of nest box and eating on nearby tree MK. joins her. 8;02 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. still on nearby tree. 8:52 pm. FK. out for a short fly and then back on 5 eggs.10:00 pm. FK. asleep on 5 eggs.

MAY    11/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:35 am. FK. out of nest box MK. on nearby tree with FK. 5:46 am. FK.

back in H.M.K.T. nest box on 5 eggs MK. still on nearby tree. 6:23 am. FK. in door then flies to MK. on nearby tree. 6:33 am. FK. back on 5 eggs. 7:53 am. MK. lands on H.M.K.T. with bird FK. out and flies and sits eating on nearby tree. 7:56 am. MK. on 5 eggs. 9:18 am. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. on door branch then flies to nearby tree. 9:35 am. MK. chases away a Northern Flicker then sits on nearby tree. 9:46 am. MK. gone from research area FK. on 5 eggs. 12:07 pm. MK. on nearby tree with bird FK. out of nest box and takes bird MK. on 5 eggs. 12:11 pm. MK. out of nest box FK. still eating. 12:15 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs. 12:26 pm. MK. in door chattering with FK. on 5 eggs then both fly and sit on nearby tree. 12:31 FK. back on 5 eggs MK. still on tree. 2:04 pm. MK. on nearby tree with bird FK. out of nest box takes bird and eating. 2:12 pm FK. back on 5 eggs MK. gone from research area. 4:28 pm. MK. back again with another bird FK. out and takes bird eating on nearby tree. 4:37 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs. 7:09 pm. FK. was sleeping on 5 eggs when she heard a landing on H.M.K.T. FK. very alert. 7:18 FK. is out on H.M.K.T. and so is a foreign female Kestrel a stare down occurs and then FK. chases away foreign female Kestrel the FK. sits on nearby tree. 7:20 am. FK. back on 5 eggs. 7:28 pm. MK. has another bird FK. out and takes bird eating on nearby tree. 7:32 MK. on 5 eggs. 8:08 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. out and gone from research area. 9:45 pm FK. asleep on 5 eggs. Well seems like MK. has finally incubating 5 eggs, this is a great advantage to FK. whom now gets to hunt and stretch her wing. It was noted that today defiantly was a bird kill day.

MAY    12/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:00 am. MK. on 5 eggs FK. out and gone from research area. 7:02 am.

MK. still on eggs FK. lands on nearby tree. 7:25 am. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. flies out of research area. 9:37 am. FK. out of nest box a foreign Male Kestrel on nearby hydro wire then foreign male flies and sits on K-2 nest bo roof FK. now chasing him away from research area then FK. back on 5 eggs. 9:40 am. Foreign male looks in on FK. on 5 eggs she give him a loud shriek and now FK. on door branch in protection mode then back on eggs. 10:45 am. MK. lands on nearby tree with vole foreign female Kestrel tries to take it from him, they both drop to the ground and MK. mantle his prey (mantle means to cover, in MK’s case he covers prey with body and wings) then FK. out of nest box and takes vole from MK. 10:51 am. MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box on 5 eggs FK. on nearby tree eating. 10:56 am MK. in door checking for intruders. 11:01 am. MK. joins FK. on nearby tree then FK. back on 5 eggs. 11:56 am. MK. arrives with a bird FK. out of nest box takes bird and eating on nearby tree. 11:51 am. MK. on 5 eggs. 12:56 pm. FK. in and MK. out of nest box. 1:22 pm. FK. out of nest box and does a fly about then back on 5 eggs. 2:49 pm. foreign female Kestrel in K-2 nest box. 3:12 pm. foreign female now on nearby tree. 3:19 pm foreign female flies away FK. still on eggs. 4:26 pm. FK. out of nest box again a quick fly about sita on nearby tree at 4:33 pm. FK. back on eggs. 5:09 pm. FK. on nearby tree eating vole. 5:12 pm. MK. on 5 eggs. 7:25 pm. FK. returns and in nest box chatters at MK. and MK. out and flies away. 8:03 FK. on door branch and then back on 5 eggs. 8:17 pm. FK. on nearby tree eating a bird. 8:21 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs she is sleeping and wakes up several times and at 9:30 pm. she is asleep MK. gone from the research area. At this time it is obvious we have 2 pairs of Kestrels in our research area which is not unusual due to the 5 star accommodations we offer.

MAY    13/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:19 am. FK. awake, out of nest box and gone. 6:21 am. FK. back on 5

eggs then out and gone. 6:26 am. FK. back on 5 eggs and MK. on H.M.K.T. 6:43 am. FK. out of nest box and gone MK. on H.M.K.T. 6:45 am. MK. in  nest box and on eggs. 6:47 am. FK. on hydro wire chases away male Northern Flicker. 6:50 am. FK. flies very low and gone. 6:52 am. FK. on H.M.K.T. then gone. 7:03 am. FK. back on H.M.K.T. MK. in nest box sleeping on 5 eggs. 7:11 am. FK. on nearby tree. 8:07 am. FK. returns and on 5 eggs MK. on nearby tree. 9:04 am FK. on nearby tree eating a vole MK. on eggs. 9:57 am. FK. back on eggs MK. out an gone from research area. 10:43 am. MK. on H.M.K.T. FK. out of nest box then gone MK. in on 5 eggs. 10:54 am. MK. still on egss FK. on nearby tree. 10:57 am. FK. back on eggs. MK. out and on nearby tree. 12:05 pm. MK. at door FK. out and gone from research area MK. on 5 eggs. 12:43 pm. FK. back in H.M.K.T. nest box but MK. does not want to get off eggs she chatters at him an shoves him off eggs, this took several minutes. 12:58 pm. MK. at door FK. out and flies away MK. in on 5 eggs. 1:24 pm. FK. back in nest box MK. preening then both out and gone from research area. 1:28 pm. MK. in door FK. does some house cleaning then both sit on H.M.K.T. 1:32 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs and MK. on door branch. 4:03 pm. MK. vole delivery FK. on nearby tree eating and MK. in on eggs. 4:24 FK. back on eggs MK. sits on H.M.K.T. 4:47 pm. MK. in nest box with FK. he is preening while she chatters at him. 5:08 pm. MK. on eggs FK. out on H.M.K.T. 6:40 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. sits in door looking out. 7:17 pm. FK. still on eggs MK. has gone from research area. 8:45 pm. FK. on eggs and has gone to sleep.

MAY    14/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:52 am. FK. out of nest box a quick fly about and back on 5 eggs. MK.

still not in research area. 6:14 am. MK. on eggs FK. on nearby tree. 6:17 am. FK. in nest box with MK. chattering then FK. on door branch MK. on eggs then FK. sits on nearby hydro wire. 6:48 am. FK. gone from area MK. on eggs. 7:15 am. FK. on nearby tree MK. on 5 eggs. 8:35 am. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. on nearby tree. 11:34 am. MK. on nearby tree with a bird FK. still on eggs. 11:45 am MK. on H.M.K.T. with bird FK. out of nest box takes bird to nearby tree and eating MK. on 5 eggs. 11:47 am. we are out to a seminar on owls. 3:20 pm. we are home from seminar and FK. is in nest box on 5 eggs. A foreign female Kestrel is again in the research area 3:39 pm foreign female in K-2 nest box some scrapping. 4:07 pm. FK. out of nest box and chases away foreign female Kestrel then FK. back on eggs. MK. lands on H.M.K.T. FK. out and on nearby tree MK. on 5 eggs. 6:10 pm FK. on nearby tree eating a kill then she flies out of research area. 8:31 pm. FK. lands on H.M.K.T. calling to MK. whom is on eggs he is ignoring her then she flies away. 8:39 pm FK. in on 5 eggs and MK. out and sits on nearby tree. (;15 pm FK. on 5 eggs and asleep.

MAY    15/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:24 am. FK. out of nest box and gone for a short fly about. 5:31 am. FK

back on 5 eggs. 6:22 am. FK. out and gone MK. in on eggs. 7:12 am. FK. on nearby tree MK. on eggs. 8:48 am. FK. on eggs MK. on nearby tree. 9:23 am. MK. arrives with vole FK. out of nest box takes vole and sits on nearby tree eating MK. on 5 eggs. (the reason they do not eat on H.M.K.T. is to not attract predators to the nest box). 9:30 am. FK. back on eggs MK. om KP #4. 10:03 am. FK. alert on eggs a female Northern Flicker looks on nest box FK. immediately flies out and chases flicker away. 11:25 am. MK. arrives with a kill FK. takes kill and eating on nearby tree MK. on 5 eggs. 12:29 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out and flies out of research area. 2:27 pm. FK. still on eggs and a foreign female Kestrel in K-2 nest box. 3:10 pm. FK. off eggs and flies and chases foreign female Kestrel away MK. on 5 eggs. 4:03 pm. FK. lands on H.M.K.T. inspection, looks in on MK. still on eggs and then she flies away.5:15 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out and sits on nearby tree. 5:29 pm. MK. chases away a Magpie. 5:43 pm. MK. food delivery FK. takes food and sits on nearby tree eating MK. on 5 eggs. 6:21 pm. FK. in H.M.K.T. nest box MK. hesitant to get off 5 eggs then he is gone and FK. settles in on 5 eggs. 6:55 pm. FK. out for a fly about then back on eggs. 7:58 pm. FK. out and gone from research area MK. now on eggs. 8:41 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out and gone from research area. 9:56 pm. FK. on 5 eggs and asleep.

MAY    16/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:08 am. FK. on 5 eggs and MK. on nearby tree. 6:17 am MK. in door

chattering then on door branch FK. out and MK. on eggs FK. gone from research area. 6:43 am. FK. on nearby tree MK. on eggs. 7:43 am. FK. on     H.M.K.T. MK. still on eggs. 7:53 am. FK. on nearby tree MK. on eggs. 8:32 am. FK. back on eggs MK. on nearby tree. 11:00 am. MK. now on 5 eggs. FK. gone from research area. 12:11 pm. FK. on eggs MK. out and sits on nearby tree. 3:18 pm. FK. out and on nearby tree MK. on eggs. 3:42 pm MK. out and gone from research area. 3:44 pm. FK. in nest box chatters and out on door branch MK. on nearby tree then FK. back on 5 eggs. 6:01 FK. out and flies to nearby tree eating a bird MK. on eggs. 8:44 pm. MK. still on eggs FK. on nearby tree eating. 8:653 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs and MK. gone from research area. 9:31 FK. still on 5 eggs and gone to sleep.

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MAY    17/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:40 am. FK. still on 5 eggs MK. not in research area. 7:58 am. FK.

still on 5 eggs MK. not in research area. 8:49 am. MK. srrives and fK. out on nearby tree MK. in on eggs. FK has been on the 5 eggs for 11 hrs. 51 min. amazing the mother instinct. 9:06 am. FK. out of nest box and gone from research area MK. in on 5 eggs. 8:43 am. FK. back on eggs MK. gone from research area. 9:47 am. FK. on nearby tree MK. still on eggs. 10:09 am. FK. back on eggs MK. out and gone. 10:52 am. FK. on alert several birds land on H.M.K.T.  3:50 pm. FK. out and on nearby tree MK. in on eggs. 5:00 pm. FK. back in nest box on eggs MK. out. 6:25 pm. FK. on nearby tree eating a bird MK. on 5 eggs. 7:07 pm. MK. still on 5 eggs FK. still on nearby tree. 7:50 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out and gone from research area. 8:35 pm. FK. still on 5 eggs and a foreign female Kestrel in K-2 nest box. 9:00 pm. both FK. and foreign female Kestrel asleep. 10:46 pm. a Great Horned Owl lands H.M.K.T. wheel house FK. wakes up and on alert. 10:52 pm. Great Horned Owl flies away FK. asleep.

MAY    18/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. A foreign female Kestrel has also stayed the night in K-2 nest box. This

is a first for us to see both our nest boxes with a female Kestrel in each for the night. 5:20 foreign female Kestrel awake and preening we think the sounds outside are foreign to her and she is not used to them FK. still sleeping. 5:50 am. foreign female Kestrel gone from K-2 nest box and from area. 6:18 am. FK. out of nest box and on nearby tree MK. in on 5 eggs. 6:43 am. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. out and gone from research area, it is raining. 7:23 am. FK. out of nest box chases crow from area MK. in on 5 eggs.7:44 am. MK. still on eggs FK. on nearby tree. 8:03 am. FK. back on eggs MK. out and gone from research area. 9:20 MK. on H.M.K.T. preening FK. on eggs still raining. 9:48 am. MK. looks in door chatters and FK. out and MK. on eggs. 11:30 am. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. gone from research area. 12:57 pm. MK/. arrives with kill FK. out takes it flies to nearby tree eating MK. on eggs. 2:19 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out and again gone from area. 4:21 pm. MK. brings a bird FK. takes bird and flies to nearby tree and eats. MK. in on 5 eggs. 5:29 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. gone. Between 6:01 pm and 8:47 pm. FK. has been in and out briefly several times. 9:00 pm. FK. out of nest box and on nearby tree eating a bird MK. close by guarding. 9:07 pm. FK. back on eggs. 9:16 pm. FK. on 5 eggs and asleep.

MAY    19/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:50 am. FK. still in H.M.K.T. nest box on 5 eggs. 7:58 am. MK. lands on

nearby tree with vole then flies to H.M.K.T. and FK out takes vole and sits on nearby tree eating. 8:00am. MK. in on 5 eggs. 8:28 am. MK. out and flies to FK. on nearby tree. 8:29 am. FK. back on eggs ,MK. on nearby tree. 10:58 am. MK. on 5 eggs FK. in nearby tree. MK. out and on nearby tree with FK. copulation ( we guess that MK. thinks 5 eggs are not enough ) then they both sit. 11:28 am. FK. back on eggs.MK. still in tree. 11:50 am. MK. lands on H.M.K.T. FK. out of nest box and flies to and sits on nearby tree MK. in on eggs. 12:34 pm. MK. out of nest box and on nearby tree calling and then back on 5 eggs. 1:15 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out and gone from research area. 2:50 pm. MK. arrives with a bird (possible female American Gold Finch) FK. takes bird and eating on nearby tree MK. on 5 eggs. 3:25 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out and gone. 4:55 pm MK. again lands on nearby tree with a bird FK. out of nest box and takes bird and eating on nearby tree. 5:57 pm. MK. in on eggs. 5:35 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. out and gone from research area. MK. on nearby tree FK. still on eggs. 8:30 pm. FK. on 5 eggs and asleep. Rain on and off all day.

MAY    20/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. Still raining research area flooding again !!! 6:20 am. FK. still on eggs.

MK. still not seen. 6:45 am. FK. out of nest box flies to nearby tree MK. has brought her a bird. 6:46 am. MK. on 5 eggs. 7:00 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire 7:10 Fk. on a different hydro wire MK. still on eggs. 9:45 am. FK. back on eggs MK. out and gone hunting. 10:10 am. MK. arrives with a kill FK. takes kill and eating on nearby tree MK. in on 5 eggs. 10:24 am. FK. in nest box with MK. chattering at him, he does not want to leave raining out. 11:58 AM. MK. again brings food FK. takes it and gone MK. in on 5 eggs. 1:48 pm. FK. back in on eggs MK. flies out of research area. 3:02 pm. MK. brings kill FK. out of nest box takes kill and gone MK. in on eggs. 4:00pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out and gone from research area. 4:46 pm. MK. again brings kill FK. out and takes it and gone MK. in on 5 eggs. 5:00 pm FK. on ground by KP #3 kills a vole and sits on KP #3 vole is still alive she rips of its head MK. still on eggs. FK. proceeds to eat vole and stores left overs in tall grass. MK. has been on 5 eggs from 4:46 pm. until 8:46 pm, at this time FK. is on nearby tree MK. flies and sits with her. 8:51 pm FK. back on 5 eggs. 9:25 pm. FK. finishes rolling her 5 eggs and goes to sleep.

MAY    21/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:53 am. FK. out of nest box and sits on nearby hydro wire MK. on

nearby tree. 5:56 am. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. on H.M.K.T. 6:15 am. FK. out and MK. on nearby tree with a vole FK. takes vole sit on nearby tree eating. 6:21 am. FK. finished eating and sits on nearby tree, preening MK. still on eggs. 8:07 am. FK. in on eggs and MK. out Mk. flies to and sits on nearby tree. 8:41 am . MK. on eggs. 9:07 FK. on nearby tree MK. on 5 eggs.9:24 am. FK. back on eggs MK. out and on nearby tree. 11:37 am. MK. on eggs FK. on nearby ntree. 1:24 pm. FK. in on eggs MK. out and gone from research area. 5:01 pm. MK. arrives with a bird FK. out of nest box takes bird and flies to nearby tree eating MK. in on 5 eggs. 8:03 pm. FK. still on nearby tree. 8:34 pm. MK. out of nest box FK. eating bird MK. gone for the night. 8:38 pm. FK. in on 5 eggs. 9:51 pm. FK. on eggs and asleep. Incubation, Incubation, Incubation. When will the eggs start to hatch ???

MAY    22/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:44 am. MK. on nearby tree FK. still asleep. 6:20 am. MK. om nearby

tree FK. still asleep on eggs. 6:31 MK. gone from research area FK. still asleep on 5 eggs. 7:31 am. MK. brings a kill the exchange done on door branch then both fly to nearby tree MK. in on 5 eggs. 9:35 am. FK. back on eggs MK. out and gone from research area. 11:06 am. FK. out and on nearby tree MK. has a kill she takes kill from MK. who goes and sits on 5 eggs. 11:34 am. FK. in on eggs and MK. out and gone from area. 3:57 pm. FK. out and MK. in on 5 eggs. 4:41 pm. FK. lands on nearby tree MK. out of nest box and FK. back on eggs. 5:16 pm. MK. on nearby tree FK. still on eggs. 6:09 pm. FK. out and flies to nearby tree where MK. is waiting with a vole she takes vole and is eating MK. on 5 eggs. 7:02 pm. FK. on nearby tree then flies to H.M.K.T. nest box FK. in on eggs and MK. out and gone from research area. 9:28 pm. FK. still on 5 eggs and goes to sleep.

MAY    23/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:38 am. MK. in on eggs FK. out and gone from research area. 6:05 am.

MK. still on eggs FK. not in research area. 7:39 am. FK. on eggs and MK. gone from area. 8:04 FK. out on nearby tree MK. in on 5 eggs. 8:27 am. MK. out and on nearby tree FK. on eggs. 8:27 am MK. flies out of research area FK. om 5 eggs. 12:09 pm. FK out of nest box MK. on eggs. FK. gone from area. 1:10 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. gone from area. 3:37 pm. FK. out and gone from research area MK. in on 5 eggs. 4:15 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. gone from area. 7:16 FK. out and flies and sits on nearby tree and has a bathroom break  then back on eggs. FK. eating a vole on nearby tree. 7:51 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs. 8:28 MK. on nearby tree with a bird FK. out of nest box flies to MK. and takes bird then MK. in on eggs. 8:55 FK. back on eggs MK. on nearby tree. 9: 10 pm. MK. still on tree and FK. on 5 eggs. 9:47 pm. FK. on eggs sleeping MK. has gone for the night. MK. has been doing a great amount of egg shuffling and chirping the last few days, is he talking to the eggs ??

MAY    24/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:27 am. FK. in door of H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:28 FK. out on door branch

has a wing stretch then a fly about then sits on hydro wire 5:31 FK. back on 5 eggs. 6:34 am. FK. out of nest box and sits on nearby tree. 6:47 FK. on nearby tree MK. arrives and copulation occurs. 6:48 FK. back on eggs MK. still on nearby tree. 7:36 am. FK. still on eggs MK. in nearby tree. 8:58 am. FK. out of nest box and on nearby tree MK. in on 5 eggs. 9:45 am. Meadow lark lands on H.M.K.T. MK. out and chases it away the he is gone FK in on eggs. 11:29 am. FK. in door getting some fresh air. 11:33 FK. back on 5 eggs. 1:50 pm. FK. out and MK. in on eggs. 2:02 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out of research area. 2:17 pm. FK. out and a fly about. 2:20 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs. 3:05 pm. FK. has started to stand over eggs frequently due to the warm temperatures (this is to keep them from over heating). 6:50 pm. FK. out and sits on nearby tree MK. in on eggs. 7:30 pm FK. back on 5 eggs MK. gone from research area for the night. 8:02 pm. FK. again a shot fly about sits on nearby tree briefly and back on 5 eggs. 10:05 pm. FK. on eggs and asleep.

MAY    25/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:05 am. MK. has brought a vole for breakfast FK. out of nest box takes

vole and sits eating on nearby tree MK. also on a closer to nest box tree. 6:17 am. MK. gone from research area and FK. back on 5 eggs. Getting harder to spot them on nearby trees due to more leaves coming in. 9:24 am. FK. out MK. in on 5 eggs FK. gone from research area. 9:31 am. FK. back on eggs. 10:06 am. FK. on alert in nest box MK. on nearby tree. 10:17 am. FK. out and on nearby tree with MK both are preening. 10:21 MK. in on eggs FK. gone from research area. FK. on KP #4 MK. on eggs. 10:49 am MK. on nearby tree FK. still on KP #4. 10:50 FK. back on 5 eggs. 11:18 am. FK out of nest box and gone from research area. 11:28 am. FK. on nearby tree MK. beside her then FK. back on eggs. 11:58 am FK. out and gone. 12:01 pm. MK. on H.M.K.T. for a few minutes then gone.  12:24 pm. FK. in on eggs. 4:40 pm. FK. out of nest box MK. on 5 eggs. 5:55 pm. MK. out and gone FK. on eggs. 6:15 pm. FK. out and a stretch and fly about then back on eggs. 7:03 pm FK. in door looking at a bird that has landed on H.M.K.T. then back on 5 eggs. 8:18 pm FK. out and on nearby tree then back on 5 eggs. 8:58 pm. FK. out and out of research area. 9:06 pm. FK. back on eggs. 10:18 pm. FK. on eggs sleeping.

MAY    26/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:49 am. FK. in door then flies to nearby tree with MK. 5:50 am. MK. on

eggs. 6:29 am. FK. still on nearby tree then dives and chases Grackle off of H.M.K.T. then back on nearby tree MK. still on eggs. 6:50 am. FK. still on nearby tree preening MK. still on eggs. 7:15 am FK. flies out of research area MK. still on 5 eggs. 7:29 am FK. on nearby tree MK. still on eggs.8:12 am. FK. back on eggs MK. out and on nearby tree then chases a bird from his area. 10:18 am. FK.out of nest box and on nearby tree where MK. is waiting with a kill FK. takes kill and eating. 10:22 am. MK. in on 5 eggs. 10:49 am FK. back on eggs MK. gone from research area. 1:24 pm. FK. out of nest box and gone then MK. in on 5 eggs. 1:55 pm. FK. on nearby tree MK. still on eggs. 2:10 pm. MK. out and FK. back in on eggs. 4:50 pm. FK. still on eggs MK. not in research area. 6:18 pm. FK. out and gets vole from MK. and MK. on eggs FK. eating on nearby tree. 6:31 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out. 7:24 pm. FK. out and flies to nearby tree with MK. 7:33 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. still on nearby tree. 8:27 pm. FK. out and a short fly about then back on eggs. 10:33 pm. FK. in for the night preening and sleeping. Nearby trees are getting full of leaves making it very difficult to see exactly where MK. and FK. are sitting when they are not in nest box.

THE HATCH IS NEAR !!!    CAN YOU GUESS WHEN ???

MAY    27/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:34 am. FK. out for a fly about and stretch. 5:36 am. FK. back in on 5 

eggs. 7:21 am. FK. out on H.M.K.T. stretch, fly about  then sits on nearby tree. 7:27 am. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. in nearby tree. 8:56 am FK. out fly about. 8:59 am. FK. back on eggs. NOTE: FK. knows the hatch is near. 10:40 am. FK. still on 5 eggs MK. not in research area. 2:02 pm. FK. in door for some fresh air then back on eggs. 3:20 pm. FK. out of nest box and MK. in on eggs. 3:22 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. out. 4:06 pm. FK. will be doing some standing over the 5 eggs to keep them from over heating in the warmer weather. 4:22 FK. out of nest box for a quick fly about then back on 5 eggs. 5:39 pm. FK. again out of nest box for a few minutes then back on eggs. 7:31 pm. Again FK. out  of nest box for a few minutes then back on eggs. FK. is also getting hot and needs a quick break now and then. You will notice in the last few days MK. is not on the eggs as much as he was, hypothesis: we think MK. is not suited to adapt to the hot temperature as FK. is and also with the hatch being only days away. 7:40 pm. FK. out of nest box eating a vole which MK. has provided on nearby tree. 7:50 pm. FK in on 5 eggs. 8:45 pm. FK. out on door branch then back on 5 eggs. 9:52 FK. still on eggs preening and eventually goes to sleep.

MAY    28/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:46 am. MK. brings a vole FK. out of nest box takes vole and eating on

nearby tree MK. on nearby hydro wire. 6:03 am FK. back on 5 eggs MK. still on hydro wire. 7:54 am. FK. still on 5 eggs MK. out of research area. 9:07 am. MK. in on eggs FK. on nearby tree. 9:27 am. MK. out of nest box and on nearby tree with FK. 9:33 am. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. still on nearby tree. 10:40 am. FK. still on eggs MK. still not seen. 10:59 am. MK. in on eggs FK. on nearby tree. 11:11 am. MK. in door then flies to nearby tree. 11:13 am. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. still in tree. 11:13 FK. back on 5 eggs MK. still on nearby tree. 1:05 pm. FK. still on eggs. 1:52 pm. FK. out of nest box MK. delivers a kill FK. eating on nearby tree MK. on 5 eggs. 2:11 pm. FK. back on eggs MK. gone from area. 4:36 pm. FK. out of nest box MK. in on eggs. 4:40 pm FK. in nest box and chatters at MK. to get out FK. on 5 eggs. 4:54 pm FK. out for few minutes then back on eggs. 7:33 pm. FK. still on 5 eggs MK. on nearby tree. 8:27 pm. FK. out for some fresh air and then back on 5 eggs MK. not in research area. 9:47 pm. FK. on eggs  sleeping, preening off and on all night. FK. has been standing frequently all day and cupping her wings to increase air flow over the 5 eggs so they will not overheat. NOTE: the eggs can withstand colder weather rather than heat !!

MAY    29/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 6:06 am. FK. indoor and out and sits on nearby hydro wire. 6:14 am. FK

back in nest box on 5 eggs. 6:25 am. MK. brings FK. a vole she takes it and sits and eats on nearby tree MK. in on 5 eggs. 6:28 am. MK. out of nest box and on nearby tree. 6:30 am. FK. back on 5 eggs can not see MK. 9:51 am. MK. arrives with vole FK. out of nest box and eating on nearby tree MK. on eggs. 11:08 am. MK. still on eggs FK. on nearby tree. 11:40 am. MK. out FK. in on eggs MK. gone from area. 12:53 pm. FK. still on eggs MK. siting on H.M.K.T. 1:25 pm. FK. out and MK. in on eggs. 1:55 pm. MK. out FK. on eggs. 3:04 pm. MK. again with a kill FK. out takes kill and eating on nearby tree. MK. in on eggs. 3:16 pm. FK. back on 5 eggs MK. out. 3:56 pm. FK. still on egss MK. on H.M.K.T. 4:39 pm. FK. out and MK. in on 5 eggs. 4:46 pm. MK. still on eggs FK. in nearby tree. 5:00 pm. MK. out and FK. in on 5 eggs. 7:45 pm. FK. out for a stretch and fly about then back on eggs. 9:45 pm. FK. on 5 eggs sleeping off and on. The hatch day is very very close !!!!  Do you know when ??  Stay tuned !!

MAY    30/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:39 am. FK. out and sits on nearby hydro wire. 5:44 am. FK. back on 5

eggs. 6:23 am. FK. out and on nearby tree MK. on eggs. 6:43 am. MK. out and flies to nearby tree FK. back on 5 eggs. 8:57 MK. chasing away Magpies from his domain then on nearby hydro wire FK. still on 5 eggs. MK. on H.M.K.T. Magpies still in area. 10:31 am. FK. out on door branch stretching then flies away MK. in on eggs. 10:43 am. both in nest box for until 10:45 MK. will not get off 5 eggs then MK. is out and FK. on eggs. 11:34 am. FK. out of nest box and gone. 11:36 am. MK. in on eggs. 12:05 pm. FK. and MK. again in nest box This time he is out quickly and FK. in on eggs. 12:40 pm. FK. still on eggs. 2:04 pm FK. out and MK. in pon eggs. 2:54 FK. on KP #4 MK. still on eggs.3:19 pm. FK back in nest box on eggs MK. out. 8:15 pm. FK. out on door branch then back on 5 eggs. 8:47 FK. out and a short fly about then back on eggs. 10:30 pm. FK. still on eggs and not sleeping. It rained most of the day and continues all night.

MAY    31/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 2:50 am. FK. had a visitor on the wheel house of the H.M.K.T. a Great

Horned Owl this owl frequents the wheel house to hunt in the night. FK. was on alert but not panicked. 6:47 am. FK out and gone MK. on door branch. 6:48 am. MK. in on eggs FK. can not be seen. 8:00 am. MK. still on eggs do not see FK. 9:20 am. MK. still on eggs FK. nowhere to be seen. 9:46 am. FK. in on eggs MK. out. 11:05 am. MK. in on 5 eggs FK. out. 11:09 am FK. back in MK. out and on door branch. 11:21 am. MK. back in FK. out. 11:33 am FK. in and MK. out.  1:11 pm. FK. out and MK. in on eggs. 1:50 pm. FK. is back and in MK. out. 2:05 pm. MK. in and FK. up and out then MK. on 5 eggs. 2:11 pm. FK. in and chatters at MK. whom is on the 5 eggs ha will not get off eggs so FK. is out of nest box. 2:24 pm. FK. in MK. will not relinquish egg sitting so FK. shoves him off, MK. out of nest box and sits on H.M.K.T. 2:50 pm. FK. still on eggs MK. in nearby tree. 4:15 pm. FK. out and MK. in on 5 eggs. 4:36 pm. FK. in again chattering at MK. he will not get up off the eggs so FK. leaves. 4:45 pm. FK, in again a little nudge and MK. out FK. on 5 eggs. 5:14 pm. FK. out and MK. in on 5 eggs. 5:21 pm. FK. in and has to step on MK. to get him out of the nest box. 5:57 pm. FK. out and MK. on 5 eggs. 6:13 pm. FK. in chattering at MK. and he is out, FK. on eggs. 6:28 MK. looks in H.M.K.T. nest box at FK. on 5 eggs then he chatters at her and flies away. 7:18 pm. MK. again looks in nest box chattering at FK. then sits on H.M.K.T. 8:06 pm. FK. out and flies from research area MK. in on 5 eggs. 8:44 pm. FK. in on 5 eggs MK. out. 9:08 pm. FK. out and MK. in on 5 eggs. 9:26 pm. FK. in chattering at MK. then MK out FK. on 5 eggs. 10:30 pm. FK. on 5 eggs and still awake. During todays flurry of in and outs MK. was hesitant to leave his egg sitting.

Our Kestrel and Owl seminar is quickly approaching June 11/2022. Owl presentation by Discover Owls, Kestrel presentation by Nu-Sun Cinema.  A great time with be had for all that are attending.

JUNE    1/22   FK. and eggy #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 stayed the night in the H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:55 am the 1st egg has hatched !! FK. eating egg shell.

Congrats Laurie from the USA, she guessed the eggs would hatch today. 2nd egg hatches around 1:57 pm. MK. has been supplying food for FK. and the chicks. Things are getting busy in preparation for our June 11/2022 seminar, so there will be less daily updates until further notice. 3rd. egg hatched around 6:59 pm. 9:26 pm. there are still 3 chicks and 2 eggs. 10:30 pm. FK. on 3 chicks and 2 eggs asleep. MK. is very curious of the chicks and has been sitting on them more than usual, a good dad and a great provider !   If you have not been watching our  HD 3 camera live stream your missing out !!

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JUNE    2/22   FK. stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. (we will see if other 2 eggs hatched during the night) Still 3 chicks and 2 eggs this morning. Looks like t

the day has started with the same MK. bringing food, chicks eating, all is good. Mk. again reluctant to give up chick and eggs sitting FK. pushes him off. About 12:29 pm. the 4th egg has hatched 1 more to go. MK. has been providing food to FK. the 4 chicks are doing well and have a healthy appetite. MK. has also been keeping 4 chicks warm. All are doing great !! The 5th egg  which was the last egg laid has not hatched yet.

JUNE    3/22   FK. MK. and 4 chicks / 1 egg stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 2:07 am. did the 5th hatch during the night ? 5:23 am. FK. out of nest box and 

gone. 5:24 am MK. in door and gone. 5:27 am FK. back on 4 chicks and 1 egg. ( at this time we could not tell if 5 th egg has hatched during the night.The day brings several feedings with both FK. and MK. in nest box at times. 2:09 pm MK. feeding 4 chicks wow !! The bond between FK. and MK. this year has been extraordinary !! FK. has been out of the nest box for quick stretches and fly abouts with MK. taking over nest duties several times today. 10:30 pm. finally the day draws to a close and FK. and 4 chicks go to sleep. The 5th and last egg laid has not hatched. We think this extremely large 5th egg may be non viable. Time will tell !!

JUNE    4/22   FK. and 4 chicks / 1 egg stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:18 am. It's feeding time still only 4 chicks. 6:03 am. FK. out of nest box. 6:10 am. FK

back in and brings again food, feeding time. 6:15 am feeding over FK. settles in on 4 chicks / 1 egg. 6:17 MK. checks in everything A OK. 8:04am. 5th egg is hatching. 8:06 am. MK. delivers vole and FK. feeding 5 chicks. 8:31 MK. and another vole FK. feeding 5 chicks. 8:37 am. Feeding over FK. back on 5 chicks. MK. now not sitting on 5 chicks he was in once and counted them but he has been keeping a great supply of food for FK. to feed the hungry and growing chicks. 10:20 pm. FK. standing over 5 chicks and is sleeping off and on. Good luck FK. with 5 chicks sleeping will be broken all night and early morning.

JUNE    5/22   FK. and 5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:15 am. FK. out for a stretch and fly about. 5:24 am. FK. back on 5 chicks. 5;49 am. MK.

delivers vole, feeding time. 6:02 am. FK. out with leftovers 5 chick are full. 6:05 am. FK. back with leftovers seeing if the chicks are still hungry, then FK. on 5 chicks. 6:23 am. MK. chasing away Magpies. 6:39 am. starting to rain MK. in nest box with FK. and 5 chicks, a family gathering. 6:52 all are sleeping for now. 6:39 am. FK. MK. and 5 chicks in H.M.K.T. nest box, raining. 8:14 am. FK. out and MK. in and on 5 chicks. The day went well with MK. delivering several voles, the 5 nestling's are eating well. Fk. has gone out a few times for a stretch and fly about. 9:19 pm. MK. delivers vole in nest box (skip the dishes) FK takes vole and chicks get a bedtime meal. 10:30 pm. FK. on chicks and asleep. Soon our 5 nestling's will starting to explore there nest box. We also did our 2nd pod cast of a series of 4. It will be available to listen soon on our pod cast page.

JUNE    6/22   FK. and 5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:34 am. FK. out of nest box. 5:36 am. FK. back with vole, feeding time. 5:46 am. Feeding

time over FK. out with leftovers. 5:50 am. FK. back on 5 chicks. 7:01 am. FK. in door. 7:02 am. FK. on door branch. 7:03 FK. on nearby tree has a poop. 7:10 am. MK. on nearby tree Fk. back on 5 chicks. The feeding go on several times today MK. again proving he is a good provider. He has even been delivering food right inti the nest box again (skip the dishes). Fk. has been taking some breaks all day out of the nest box for stretching and fly abouts, she has been out of the nest more often as the warmer weather has arrived. 7:18 pm. FK. came inside nest box with a bird and plucked it, what a mess feathers every where. The chicks will have a nice feather bed for tonight.  8:07 pm MK. in with 5 chicks. 9:35 pm. MK. yet with another vole and brings it inside nest box to give to FK. what a great dad. 10:00 pm FK. standing over 5 chicks, they are growing so so fast FK. is having trouble covering them all.

JUNE    7/22   FK. and 5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:13 am. feeding time. 5:54 am. Feeding over FK. in door then on door branch. 6:07 am. FK.

gone. 6:10 am FK. back with vole feeding time. 6:23 am. feeding over FK. on 5 chicks. 7:33 am. MK. looks in on 5 chicks all is well. 10: pm. FK. standing over 5 chicks then eventually all go to sleep for now. MK. has been hunting up a storm keeping up with th 5 chicks massive appetite. The weather has warmed up and the 5 chicks are older now and can stand being alone for longer periods of time, although MK. and FK. are very near guarding the nest box. Several feedings today mostly voles and some birds. The 5 chicks are standing up on their own now and a little moving about within the nest box.

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JUNE    8/22   FK. and 5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:02 am. FK. out of nest box. 5:24 am. FK. back in on 5 chicks. 6:04 am. FK. out on door

branch then gone. 6:14 am. FK. back on chicks. 7:12 am. FK. in door then on door branch. 7:19 am. FK. gone. 7:27 am. FK. looks in on 5 chicks and then on door branch. 7:34 am. MK. delivers vole FK takes it and gone MK. sits on door branch. 7:35 am. FK. in feeding time. 7:42 feeding time over no leftovers. then FK. on chicks. 8;13 am. FK. on door branch the gone. Again today much the same, MK’s food deliveries, feedings and chicks growing and getting stronger. FK has also been out of the nest box more often and for longer periods of time and she has been bug which has started today which seems to get the 5 chicks really excited. The nest box is getting quite littered with pellets and poop from the 5 nestling's. No one has hit the cameras, YET !!

JUNE    9/22   FK. and 5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 4:50 am. FK. out of nest box and on door branch. 5:01 FK. gone. 5:20 FK. back on 5 chicks.

6:01 am.  FK. out of nest box. 6:07 am. FK. back with food, feeding time. 6:11 am. feeding time over FK. out on door branch. Much of the same All is well. MK. and FK. are keeping the chicks feed well and chicks starting to poop on the side camera. We will be cleaning the side camera about every 4 days until near fledge. All had a good day and night.

JUNE   10/22  FK. and 5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 4:47 am. FK. in door. 4:49 am. FK. gone. 6:36 am. FK. lands on nearby tree. 6:39 am. MK. on

nearby tree with vole FK. takes vole and feeding time for the 5 chicks. 6:44 MK. on door branch with another vole then flies to nearby tree. 6:46 am. feeding over FK. flies to MK. and takes the other vole. MK. is hover hunting over KP pole area. NOTE: Kestrels are the only falcons that can hover hunt and can see urine trails of the voles / mice. 7:12 am. FK. in with vole feeding time. 7:17 am. feeding over FK. trying to get all chicks under her. 11:30 am. FK. looks in on 5 chicks. 11:43 am. FK. back with vole. 12:15 pm. FK. out and gone MK. on door branch guarding nest box. Several more feedings today the chicks are growing rapidly. Both MK. and FK. have been supplying a constant amount of food. FK. did not sleep on the chicks when she finally arrived for the night.

There will be less updates tomorrow. We are preparing for our seminar on Saturday June 11/2022

JUNE   11/22  FK. and 5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. FK. did not sleep on chicks last night. 4:56 am. FK. in door. 4:58 am. FK. out and on door

branch. 5:05 am. FK. flies and sits on nearby hydro wire. 5:26 am. FK. checks on 5 chicks. 5:27 am. FK. in and out with bugs several times.5:36 am. FK. bug hunting on KP #4. 5:45 am. FK. back in with vole feeding time. 5:48 am. we are now busy setting up for our seminar. 4:20 pm. FK. in with vole, feeding time then out. 4:25 pm. FK. back with another vole, feeding time. 5:00 pm. FK. in again with vole, feeding time. 5:58 pm. FK. again a vole, feeding time. 7:05 pm. again feeding time. 7:30 pm. FK. feeding again with vole. It is safe to saw that both FK. and MK. have been hunting successfully. 9:30 pm. FK. in cleaning the 5 chicks. 9:37 pm. FK. in door and gone. 10:02 pm neighbor having fireworks but FK. does not leave nest box.                                                                                                                                                        

Our seminar was a great success !! Rusty the Long-eared Owl was her Deva self and enjoyed meeting all 25 attendees. Kim Bisson (Nu-Sun Cinema) and Dr. James Duncan (Discover Owls) seminars were enjoyed by all.

We raised $560.00 for Discover Owls ongoing research, conservation of owls all over the world.

JUNE   12/22  FK. and 5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 4:57 am. Fk. out of nest box and on door branch. 5:01 am. FK. gone. 5:11 am. FK. back in

nest box with 5 chicks ( thunderstorm, lightning, rain, wind ) 5:19 am. FK. gone from nest box. 5:19 am. FK. out of nest box. 6:08 am. FK. back in with vole, feeding time. 6:17 am. Feeding over FK. in door but back in (heavy rain) and covering up 5 chicks from any rain coming in door. 6:51 am. FK. in door. 6:55 am. FK. gone. The day went as expected of the 5 chicks, several feedings, sleeping and pooping. What a great life. Both MK. and FK. again are hunting to supply the rapidly growing chicks whom are starting to be more mobile in there nest box habitat. The 5 chicks are being left alone in the nest box more often now, but rest assure MK. and FK. are nearby protecting their nest box. 10:30 pm FK. finally in for the night. Our next project will be the banding of the fab 5 (nestling's). This is scheduled for June 20 /2022. If you are watching our live stream you will notice the side and top cameras are getting hit by the chicks projectile pooping. We will be cleaning the cameras approximately every 3 to 4 days as not to disturb the chicks and FK. and MK. frequently. Once the chicks are around 23 days old we will NOT be cleaning the cameras any more. This is to not initiate a premature fledge.

JUNE   13/22  FK. and 5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 4:49 am FK. out of nest box and sits on door branch, very foggy out. 5:16 am FK gone from

door branch. 6:27 am. FK. still not seen. 7:36 am. to 7:58 am. FK. checks in on 5 chicks 5 times. 8:08 am. MK. arrives with vole, FK. in with vole feeding time. 9:42 am. FK. in with food. 9:47 am. FK. back in with bug this happened several times. 11:23 am. FK. in with vole, feeding time. 12:05 pm. FK. looks in door, then again at 12:12 pm. 12:25 MK. in nest box checking chicks then on door branch. 12:48 pm. MK. in with bug. 12:53 pm. FK. in with vole, feeding time. MK. had dropped of this morning a vole in the nest box, the chicks pulled it into their corner and all were sitting on the vole. 2:42 pm. The chicks were ripping at the covered vole and then one chick swallowed the leftovers. 2:46 pm. FK. back on bug feedings. 3:18 pm. FK. has a vole, feeding time.4:18 pm. FK. in with vole, feeding time again. 6:13 pm. FK. again a vole, feeding time. ^;35 pm. Fk. again with vole, feeding time. 8:06 pm. FK. vole feeding again. 10:27 pm. 5 chicks are alone for the night. They are old enough now and FK. may not be with them every night. We will try to clean both cameras today, how long they will stay clean is up to the 5 chicks.

JUNE   14/22  5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box, FK. did not. 6:29 am. FK. in nest box with vole, feeding time. 6:33 FK. out feeding over. 6:49 Mk. on

H.M.K.T. was just a vole hand off. 6:57 am. FK. back in with vole. NOTE: FK. seems to fly to a nearby tree and does some of the stripping of the kill before entering the nest box to feed the 5 chicks. 7:01 am. FK. out and sits on nearby tree. 7:29 am. MK. sitting on H.M.K.T. guarding nest box. 7:39 am. MK. flies away FK. on KP #4. 8:13 am. FK. back again with vole, feeding time. 9:17 am. FK. feeding with vole again. 9:23 FK. out with leftovers and gone. FK. spent most of the day under the H.M.K.T. nest box to keep out of the rain, MK. did most of the hunting. 1:10 pm. FK. has vole feeding time. 1:26 pm. MK. in with vole and leaves it for the chicks, they are starting to learn how to rip prey apart on their own. 1:45 pm. to 8:15 pm there were 8 vole feedings and some bugs. 10;04 pm. FK. bedtime check on 5 chicks then sits on door branch. 10:08 pm. FK. flies away for the night. 10:48 pm. Chicks sleeping alone for the 2nd night. The chicks are growing quickly. We did not clean cameras due to rain.

JUNE   15/22  5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box, FK. did not. 5:10 am. FK. in with vole, feeding time. 5:17 am. FK. out and gone. 7:00 am. FK. in with

vole, feeding time. 7:10 am. we are heading out to clean the cameras. 7:30 am. cameras cleaned. 7:39 am. MK. lands on door branch with vole, looks in on chicks and gone to nearby tree where FK. is. 7:47 am. FK. in with vole, feeding time. 7:50 am. FK. out. 8:14 am. FK. in with food and out. 9:03 am. FK. lands on H.M.K.T. with a vole and gone to FK. on nearby tree. 9:04 am. FK. in with vole feeding chicks. Well its bound to happen the side camera pooped on, gave us about 1 hour 45 minutes of clean. 9:25 am. MK. delivers looks like some kind of beetle to chick in nest box. There were 17 vole deliveries and assorted bugs.Chicks are growing at a alarming rate. The last feeding at 9:21 pm. then FK. gone for the night. 10:07 5 chicks sleeping.

JUNE   16/22  5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box, FK. did not. 5:17 am. FK. in with vole, feeding time. 5:27 am. FK. out on door branch then gone.

6:03 am. FK. in with vole, feed time. 6:10 am. FK. out on door branch then gone. One of the chicks has broken away from the pile and is sleeping with head tucked into back like an adult does. Both MK. and FK. have been supplying food for the chicks. 17 voles today and assorted insects. One of the chicks also swallowed a whole vole today. More voles being left inside nest box for the chicks to learn to rip them apart.

JUNE   17/22  5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 4:53 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire. 5:08 am. MK. brings FK. a vole on hydro wire then FK. in and

feeding time. 5:10 am. FK. out on door branch MK. still on hydro wire. 5:12 am. FK. and MK. gone. 5 chicks are starting to sit in different places in nest box not all together. 5:37 am. FK on nearby hydro wire and MK. in nearby tree. 6:42 FK. in checking on chicks. 7:25 am. were are heading out to clean the cameras. 7:37 am. cameras cleaned, FK. has been watching us the whole time with a vole in her talons. 7:40 am FK. in nest box with vole, feeding time. How long will the cameras stay clean ??  The cameras have stayed clean all day and evening due to the chick pack has moved in front of the side camera. 20 voles and 7 bugs today.

JUNE   18/22  5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:01 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire. 5:34 am. FK. in with a insect (bug). 5:36 am. MK. in and drops off

a vole a chick takes it, then MK. out. 5:38 am. FK. in and takes vole from chick and feeds to all. 5:49 am. FK. back with another vole, feeding time. 6:10 am. MK. another vole drop off. Cameras are still clean. Todays food count 17 voles and 39 bugs (insects) most voles were delivered by MK. and all the bugs by FK. FK. was hunting for bugs mostly from the four KP’s.  10:pm. 5 chicks all healthy and sleeping.

JUNE   19/22  5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:01 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire. 5:09 FK. gone from wire. 5:19 FK. in nest box checking on 5

chicks then out and back on hydro wire. 6:01 am. FK. in and out chick check. 6:06 FK. in with small piece of food. 6:17 am MK. in with vole chicks takes it and he is out and gone. 6:22 am FK. in and takes vole from chick and feeds everyone. 7:31 am. MK. in chick check. 7:48 am FK. in door with bug. 8:17 am. we are out cleaning cameras. 8:30 am. we are done 13 minutes to clean. All is well, chicks are Gular fluttering (this is a beak open and movement of the throat to increase air flow over the mouth).  One of the chicks has been trying to jump to the ledge under the door opening. Soon they will be all taking a turn to look out at the new world. They taking the heat well. Again FK. and MK. are keeping a steady flow of food to the 5 chicks which provides them moisture. Todays food count is 14 voles and 58 bugs. the grubs are an excellent means of moisture.

JUNE  20/22  5 chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:39 am. FK. drops of a vole chicks ripping at it. 6:01 am. FK. in eith bud and takes vole and feeds all.

6:45 another vole drop off chicks again ripping at it. 7:20 am. FK. in and takes vole from chick and feeds everyone. 8:00 am. we are heady out to do the banding. 8:29 am. all 5 chicks banded and back in nest box. Banding went great !!!  3 males 2 females. We now took the times to educate all that were present at the banding. 9:20 am FK. in with bug and out. Again MK. and FK. have been suppling numerous voles and insects all day and evening. 12 voles and 5 insects. MK. delivers a vole to the 5 chicks then gone. Thanks to Discover Owls for the drone shot of part research area.

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JUNE  21/22  5 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:47 am. FK. in with vole feeding time then gone. 6:22 am. FK. in with vole. 7:05 am. FK. in

again another vole. Again several feeding today, 5 chicks are growing rapidly. Both FK. and MK. providing food for all. 8:40 FK. drops off a vole and chicks are eating their bed time snack. 16 voles and 2 insects today. Insects were slow today due to all the rain. Cooler temperatures gave the chicks a more comfortable temperature in the nest box. They are all doing well and soon with be taking turns looking out the door.

JUNE  22/22  5 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 4:49 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire. 5:23 am. FK. in checks on 5 chicks then sits on door

branch. 5;43 am. FK . checks on chicks again. 5:53 am. FK. drops off a vole, she is teaching the 5 chicks how to rip apart their food. 5:56 am. FK. head in door looking in to see how chicks are doing with their vole she had dropped off. 6:18 am. FK. drops off another vole and gone. 8:14 am. MK. or FK. drops off vole in nest box. 9:10 am we are cleaning cameras 9:25 am. done cleaning. This may be one of the last times we clean the cameras due to it may cause a premature fledge. We will be watching the chicks carefully to see when they are jumping to the door frequently. Todays food count 15 voles 11 insects most of the voles we dropped off and FK. insects were at the door. 7:07 pm. one chick on inside ledge looking out door to see the big world. 8:48 pm. the chicks last feeding.

JUNE  23/22  5 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:02 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire. 5:29 am. FK. in with vole feeding time. 5:34 am. FK. on

door branch then flies to nearby tree. 5:46 am. FK. bug and MK. vole drop off. 6:45 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire. 7:26 am. FK. in with vole feeding time. 7:33 am oldest female chick on ledge. 8:05 am. FK. drop off vole and gone. 10:40 am. were are out cleaning cameras. 10:52 am cameras cleaned and set up blind for fledge filming. 12 minutes to clean cameras. 11:21 am FK. delivers insect and gone. 12:42 pm. chick on ledge looking out door. 2:58 pm. chick looking out door for 11 minutes. The day went on as usual food deliveries by FK. and MK. more and more food just getting dropped off into nest box. Chicks learning how to rip apart their food. 8:48 pm. last vole delivery for the day. 12 voles and 6 insects today. We have cleaned the cameras for the last time today and have set up our blind to observe and film the fledge. Blind location is on drone shot page.

        Some new abbreviations for the chicks you will see as they sit in the door looking out.   JFK. (junior female)    JMK. (junior male)

JUNE  24/22  5 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:08 am.  FK. on nearby hydro wire. 6:16 am. FK. delivers bug. 6:19 am. FK. again another

bug. 7:03 am. FK bug. 7:28 am. vole drop off chicks are sharing. 7:56 am. FK. bug drop off then she goes in and gives bug to the youngest male. 8:03 am. JMK. in door for 6 minutes. 8:56 am. JMK. indoor and FK. gives him a bug. 9:32 am. JFK in door for 9 minutes. 9:41 am. FK. has a vole and has to push her way past JFK. blocking door the she feeds the 5 chicks. 9:41 am. FK. has to push JFK. out of door way to deliver vole and feed all. There were several times today that the chicks were in door ranging from 6 minutes to 12 minutes. MK. and FK. were providing food all day to the hungry growing chicks in-spite of the heavy rain. Due to the rain our blind is flooded.

JUNE  25/22  5 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. Our blind is flooded 4 to 5 inches of water hopefully it dries up or we will be filming in water.

5:54 am. bug drop off. 6:55 am. JFK. in door FK. arrives with vole JFK. takes vole and shares with other chicks. 8:00 am. we are doing our 3rd radio pod cast of 4 today. 8:17 am. JFK. in door FK. arrives with vole and pushes her way into door FK. drops vole and leaves. The oldest JFK. is in the door frequently (longest time 36 minutes) and we suspect she will be the 1st to fledge. One of the males is also been in the door a few times. MK. and FK. are providing food to the 5 all day and into the evening. 8:04 pm. FK. lands on H.M.K.T. and again has to push her way past JFK. in door. FK. feeds all 5 chicks and gone. Todays food count 16 voles and 4 insects.

JUNE  26/22  5 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. Updates will be starting to shorten. The 5 nestling's are spending more time in the door

everyday. Todays total time in the door by several nestling's from 8:58 am. to 7:59 pm. is approximately 3 hours 35 minutes. FK. and MK. having to push junior K’s out of door for food deliveries several times. 11 voles and 5 insects today.

JUNE  27/22  5 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:59 am. food deliveries have started already. 6:23 am. gone out to blind to film. The

nestling's have spent approximately 458 minutes (7.6 hours) in the door today. The start of fledge is very near. We will be spending more time in the blind filming. 9 voles today and bugs ??

JUNE  28/22  5 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. nest box. 5:01 am. FK. on nearby hydro line and coughed up a pellet. Sun rise this morning reflecting

off clouds behind H.M.K.T. nest box nature is simply amazing. 5:28 am. FK. vole drop off. 6:20 am. gone out to blind. The 5 nestling's are flapping up a storm in the nest box and again spending time in the door. MK. and FK. are making food deliveries. 15 voles and 7 insects. Will they every leave ?

JUNE  29/22  5 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. they are all sleeping like the adults now. 5:37 am. JFK.(oldest) in door. 5:46 am. FK. on nearby hydro

wire. 6:12 am. MK. vole drop off. 6:35 am. we are in the blind.  Several feedings today with FK. and MK. guarding the nest box from grackles, crows, blackbirds and magpies. 15 voles and some insects.

Oldest female fledges. She jumped onto the door branch at 5:49 pm. and roamed around the H.M.K.T. and had 3 poops until 6:43 pm. then returned back into the nest box because it started to rain.

JUNE  30/22  5 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. The oldest female had here 1st flight today, she flew with great control to a nearby tree. Later she flew

back to the nest box and perched on different branches on the H.M.K.T. and danced on the nest box roof she continued to enter and exit the nest box several times. MK. and FK. continue to deliver assorted food to all nestling's. 11:12 am. the 2nd female fledged and perched around the H.M.K.T. with her sibling sister while the males nestling watched them fro the door. About 11:54 am. it started raining so the 2 JFK fledges returned inside the nest box. We were in the blind again today filming.  11 voles and and a few insects. FK. and MK. taking turns staying very close to nest box guarding the new fledges. Our 1st JFK. fledge stayed on nest box roof until 7:27 pm. and then flew to roost elsewhere for the night. 10:15 pm. 1 JFK and 3 JMK’s sleeping in nest box.

JULY  01/22   4 banded chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. The oldest female has roosted elsewhere for the night. 5:27 am. FK. on nearby hydro wire. 6:06 am.

JMK #1 in door. 6:16 am. JMK #1 fledge and sits on door branch then jumping, flapping on H.M.K.T. 6:20 am. we are in blind. 7:46 am. JFK #1 flies to nearby tree. JFK #2 flies to nearby hydro wire and is joined by MK. The other 2 JMK’s in nest box in and out of door all day and eve. JMK. returns to H.M.K.T. and enters nest box (back home). 6 vole deliveries into nest box today. MK. and FK. are guarding the other fledglings and feeding them. We suspect they are in large tress in the area, but hard to see with all the leaf growth. 10:09 pm. 3 JMK’s asleep in nest box. 6 voles to nest box today.

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JULY  02/22   3 banded male chicks stayed the night in H.M.K.T. The 2 females have roosted elsewhere for the night. 7:14 am. We are in blind. 7:26 am. JMK #1

official fledge flight. 8:17 am. JMK #2 in door and fledge flies out to nearby tree, did not sit on H.M.K.T. All flegdes are sitting on nearby tree and are getting food deliveries from FK. and MK. 8 voles and 1 bird today this what we have seen. There might have been more food delivered but trees are thick with leaves and hard to spot everything that goes on. The fledges are flying well and some distances.

JULY  03/22   1 banded male chick stayed the night in H.M.K.T. The 2 females and 2 males have roosted elsewhere for the night. 5:20 am. we are out in blind.

5:27 FK. flying from nearby trees to nearby trees keeping watch on the 4 fledges. It has been raining off and on all morning. 7:04 am. FK. delivers vole to JMK. in nest box and sits on door branch other fledges on nearby trees. 8:34 am. FK. delivers anothe vole to JMK. in nest box. 8:44am. JMK out of nest box and on door branch flapping wings. 8:49 am. JMK flies to another branch on H.M.K.T. but misses a landing then we did not see where he went. 9:15 am. FK. and other fledges on nearby trees and we are in from the blind. Now the empty nest box syndrome. Vole left in nest box.

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