Date: 4/2/18 4:49 am From: AMF <znse37...> Subject: [Maine-birds] 3 FOY American Kestrel - Benton
Three kestrels arrived Sunday along with sounds of red winged
blackbirds. The blackbirds nest in the grass on the islands and fields
along the Sebasticook. The kestrels nest in each diagonal end of the
old, big barn eaves. I have been looking for a 4th kestrel without
success so far. The kestrels were flying around in the high winds.
They were going from 3 big spruce trees near the river and one big oak
near the barn yesterday (Sunday). They were having a good time and
calling out very loudly. They were probably making the other birds
nervous. The other birds were staying clear of the area.
Cleaned 15 tree swallow nest this past weekend. Only about 50% of the
nests had bird activity last year. The box nests were usually 13 out of
15 filled in previous years. The tree swallows return here between
April 9 (2012) and April 12th (2011).