21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Remember the box a little one built last year, hoping to attract a Barn Swallow couple?
From observation, we discovered that Barn Swallows prefer more shelter, such as under a porch roof. The garage eave did not give them as much as they wanted. Also, they like a horizontal roof, rather than one which comes to a point.
No other birds would remotely have any interest in this for nesting. None that I am aware of, any ways. We figured we might have to remove some wasp nests, but nope, they didn’t even like this. It really should be taken down and remade into something else, but since we don’t need the wood and it’s not in the way, it just stays there.
We were in an upstairs bedroom Sunday evening and I was facing the window when I happened to notice something fly to the box. The day was already somewhat dark and growing darker as the sun was setting. It took us a little while to figure out it was a female Kestrel. We were frantically looking for the camera and by the time I found it, I thought she’d be gone. When I took that first picture, she was still there and I noticed the second Kestrel hunkered down. A male!
We were pretty sure our first male Kestrel met an untimely end. The female left shortly after he was gone. There had been no Kestrels seen on the property for a few days. We have no idea if this is the same female or not.
This seemed really strange. All we could figure is they were looking for a sheltered spot from the wind and snow. And what a great spot it was, so we can seem them at a closer range.
Well, they decided to stay the night even with multiple times of letting the dog out. He had problems, but he was quiet about it. We thought he’d go into a barking fit. Since they were still here this morning, I was growing concerned they’d try to nest in this spot. Nope, after they left, they’ve not come back to it, though we did see Mister hunting the pasture.
Now here are the really, really, bad, icky pictures. They were taken through a window with that winter plastic covering it and the sky just kept getting darker. We did see them curled up as little balls, faces hid, but they woke up at the slightest noise.
I have a scrapbook page to do for someone; I don’t like those things. I cringe every time someone hands me a page asking me to do one. This requires creativity and artistic talent. I have neither. Well, after seeing a Mr. and Mrs. Kestrel trying to stay warm together, I had an idea…
I looked at one of the images on the camera and drew this. It looks kind of wonky, but it’ll work.
Kestrels may be raptors, but they are incredibly cute. Oh, do you know which is the male and which is the female?