Yesterday morning Peter and I joined Brian Lowe as he banded the last of this year's chicks on his Randolph Center "Kestrel Trail." This nest box was located across the road from us and held two male and one female chicks (as did the VTC box nearby from two week ago). These little feather fuzz-bombs are quite appealing and at 2-3 weeks or so you can already see the markings which will become so so handsome as they become adults.
Brian has banded 59 chicks from 18 nests this summer - an undertaking that requires quite a bit effort. Several visits are required each year (inspection, banding, clean out) and we are impressed with his dedication and care. I'm not aware of anyone else banding kestrels in Vermont. Hats off to you, Brian!