Seven week old baby kestrel chicks
Another successful ringing took place last week of these seven week old kestrel chicks, at our Woodsetts conservation site.
Kestrel chicks will stay in the nest for about a month, fed by their parents, then they start to learn how to catch their own food. Their staple diet is wood mice, shrews , small birds and insects. One of the local ringers managed to catch a young kestrel and it was then ringed by Jo, our conservation officer.
Ringing is carried out in order to identify the birds individually. It allows us to monitor their annual survival rates, longevity, breeding success and how far they range. Jo also managed to spot young kestrels this month at our Grindleford conservation site, being fed by their parents.