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Mariton: New Nest Box

July 29, 2015

by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager

Kestrel box with bat box in the background

Kestrel box with bat box in the background

If you are up in the meadows you may notice a new addition. Last week, Josh and I put up a new Kestrel nesting box at Mariton. We used a dead Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) for the post. I keep track of locations of these trees as they eventually get shaded out in the forest, and are very rot resistant.  We kept the post above the box to provide a perch for hunting.

Josh setting the post.

Josh setting the post.

We used the truck and a ladder to install the box and a baffle.

We used the truck and a ladder to install the box and a baffle.

Kestrels were called “sparrow hawks” in the past, but they also feed on a lot of insects.  If a pair settles into the nest box, they should be able to find lots of food in the meadows.

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