This first flight is called 'fledging' and it is when a baby bird mostly leaves the nest for good.Among American Kestrels, it is not uncommon for fledglings to return to the nest box, for roosting at night or for a quick rest.
Once the fledglings can hunt and survive on their own, they will leave the parents themselves.
Thank you everyone who watched the cam and commented! 5/24/2017: Early in the morning, the nestlings were banded by Boise State University students from Dr. We can confirm that we have three females and one male nestling, and all four appear to be in good condition.
We band them when they are about 18-25 days old, as their feet are adult-sized and the band will never get too tight from further growth.
Now, we estimate we are about a week and a half away from fledging!
Keep an eye out on our social media and forums to watch for updates.
6/3/2017: At around am, the first of the nestlings took their very first flight - and the other three quickly followed!Keep an eye out for the next nesting season in 2018, which typically begins in March-May in Idaho.We'll be excited to start up the live stream again when nesting behavior begins!Animal cams and videos provide the chance for people to view animals anywhere in the world, from the comfort of their home.Some may never make it to Africa on safari, but with modern technology and live, streaming web cams, anyone can watch lions or elephants as they migrate to the nearest water hole.Cameras that are established in nest boxes give the unique opportunity to view birds as they lay eggs, care for them until they hatch, then nurture their young until they take flight.