TIME TO CLEAN THAT KESTREL BOX!
American Kestrels will be winging their way back soon, looking for nest sites and beginning to use the boxes we have put up around the valley. If you have a kestrel nest box out now is the time to check it and clean it before the birds are back. Remove any old dirty nesting materials. Often boxes are used by house wrens, tree swallows, and other species, even if a kestrel hasn’t taken advantage of the box. Throw out old nests and scrape out debris and whitewash. Then add 2 inches of clean softwood shavings for bedding (pine or aspen are good). Avoid cedar shavings as they are too strongly aromatic. Sacajawea Audubon will have bags of clean wood shavings available for free at the March 9th program. We will also have a few kestrel boxes available for sale if you are interested in installing one.