I have monitored a Kestral box for the last four years on Shelburne
Farms. I'm not sure and the original goal for the box (it may have
been put up for ducks). It was unoccupied for the first two years -
and succesfully fledged young the last two years. The box is nailed
into a very large, dead elm snag in a fairly wet 'old field' habitat
right on Lake Champlain. This field is otherwise surrounded by a
pasture/hayfield/ small forest fragment habitat. The (west-facing) box
opening is about 9 ft high, and (I'm pretty sure) has not been cleaned
since I've been watching. I hope this helps.
Quoting Mundi Smithers <[log in to unmask]>:
> I am hoping that someone on this list will be able to give some
> advice. Since moving to this farm several years ago I have been
> looking for Kestrals to no avail. It seems to me that the habitat
> is perfect...... lots of open fields. Probably 20+ acres. I have
> thought of putting up a Kestral house but considering the trouble it
> would be to put one up I'd like to be a bit more sure that my habitat
> is right. Can anyone give me some habitat guidance?
> So, if my habitat is Kestral friendly does anyone have plans for a
> Kestral house? The only one I know of is mounted on a telephone pole
> in the meadow behind Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA.
> Quite frankly the thought of rounding up a telephone pole and then
> trying to put it up is a bit daunting. Plus, having it up so high
> would make it near impossible to clean.
> There must be a better way!!