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Posted 08 July 2012 - 03:15 AM
I have been observing a pair of American kestrels at one of my local birding spots. I visit the area frequently and only started seeing these birds about 3 weeks ago. It seems too late for this to be a nesting pair. Do kestrel pairs stay together all year? Is it possible that they will still try to breed this summer?
Posted 08 July 2012 - 03:36 AM
American Kestrels are monogamous (Birder's Handbook). In non or partial migratory populations pairs can remain together into the winter (Birds of North America (BNA)). American Kestrels can have two clutches during breeding season depending upon latitude while second broods have been recorded as far north as Ontario (BNA). Second Clutch usually hatch around mid to late July (BNA).
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