Through the years wild kestrel continue to return to the nesting box, lay their eggs and raise a family of birds. We have enjoyed watching them as the parents take their "kids " out for their first flights, usually around the end of May. Last night while my oldest was in the backyard taking garbage out to the dumpster in the alley, our neighbor called over to him and handed him something over the wall, saying. "I think this belongs to you guys". It was a small very young kestrel that had fallen out of the tree, it didn't even have all of its feathers.
My son placed the little guy/girl in a bird cage, took the top section of the cage off so the parents could still get to him/her if they wanted too. This morning my husband gave the bird a small lizard he had caught, and we've watched the parents flying and feed it through out the day.
Here is a current picture of the nesting box. 8 years ago the tree was shorter and the box was actually covered by palm fronds a nice shaded place to raise baby chicks. We talk of trimming the tree but there is usually birds nesting there when we want to do it.
Hopefully this video gets through okay. You can hear the parent bird either telling me to back off or its baby everything was going to be okay. Either way they weren't too happy that I was there. It amazes me how natural that protective and caring instinct occurs in the different species.
*My husband has had several years experience in caring for injured birds of prey and working with wold life rehabilitation centers. He is trying to keep the bird safe and at the same time facilitate the parents in caring for their kiddo.