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Now, we estimate we are about a week and a half away from fledging!A few days ago, we also captured the adult female and got her band number!The other eggs could hatch at any time, so stay tuned! 4/4/2017: After six days, a third egg appeared around am! 4/3/2017: Five days have gone by, and the female has yet to lay a third egg.Edit: About an hour later, the second egg hatched as well! We do not know if she will lay another egg at this point, or if they have finished laying for the season.
At about pm, the first egg has hatched, and shortly after, the new nestling received its first meal. We're back on egg watch for this Thursday, and we'll be finding out together how many eggs her final clutch will be.
4/8/2017: Sometime in the afternoon, a 5th egg appeared! Five eggs is the normal clutch size for kestrels, but this odd spring is throwing us all for a loop, so we're all keeping our eyes peeled! This pair could incubate just two eggs - we are all keeping a watch on the camera to see what occurs from here on out.
Now the male and female both appear to be incubating full time, at least so far. 4/6/2017: At about pm, the female kestrel got off the eggs and revealed a fourth egg! Mysterious behavior like this is often why live cams are fascinating to watch - we can never truly expect what will happen and nature is completely in control!
5/6/2017: Sometime in the morning, a fourth egg hatched!
Looks like this brood is a normal-sized brood for American Kestrels, and all the nestlings so far are fairly similar in age.