Xcel Energy American Kestrel Cam

Background

We have one kestrel nest box established at the Pawnee Generating Station in Brush, Colo. The box is equipped with a high-definition camera that operates under low-light conditions. The kestrel nest box is positioned on a pole away from the main building but on company property.

Watch the streaming live video from the nest box at Pawnee Station and check for tweets about the kestrels on Twitter.

Kestrel Cam

Kestrel Facts

About

In past years, a nest box was set up and occupied by kestrels at Pawnee Station. From 2005-2015 there were 31 young produced. The new nest box is positioned on the side of a pole away from the main building and is a new nest box newly equipped with a hi-def high-definition infrared camera.

The area around Pawnee Station is ideal for kestrels to hunt their prey. They can hover above ground (like a helicoper) looking for their prey, scanning the ground below for a glowing trail of vole urine. Kestrels will start their nesting activities in late February and lay a clutch of 3 to 6 eggs in late April or early May. The eggs will hatch in approximately 28 days, and the chicks will fledge gradually when they are around four weeks old. They explore increasing distances from the nest, but return to it to roost for another couple of weeks.  Adults continue to feed the young for a month after fledging, during which time they will learn to catch their own food. By late July, the young may survive on their own and will leave the nest.

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