I used to be all smiles when all six of single kestrel dad Mr Kes’ chicks bought their ID rings. After such a tough begin it felt like that they had lastly made it and have been now able to graduate to maturity.
When these six kestrel chicks misplaced their mom it was contact and go whether or not they would survive. However with a bit help from me, their superb dad, Mr Kes, discovered to look after them on his personal. This was actually unbelievable provided that male kestrels don’t normally do that and normally motherless kestrel chicks die.
SINGLE KESTREL DAD
I helped Mr Kes by placing further meals into the nest, however principally he labored around the clock to maintain his six chicks fed. I stored a detailed eye on their progress by way of my nest cams able to intervene if crucial.
KESTREL CHICKS GROW
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than the chicks might feed themselves and at three weeks previous their flight feathers got here by means of. At three weeks previous the nest was a bit crowded and it was nearly time for them to fledge.
However earlier than they left, we would have liked to connect ID rings to their legs. That is achieved by Jean Thorpe, a licensed hen ringer. Jean matches a light-weight steel ring, completely sized to suit for all times, to every kestrel. Then we weighed them able to ship the information to the British Belief for Ornithology. All this information kinds a nationwide database, offering important details about wild kestrel populations.
After a tricky begin in life, it’s superb to see all six chicks so wholesome. After the tragedy of shedding their mom, who would have thought? These chicks are thriving, and so they’ll be able to fledge in only a week’s time.