Kessie, the American Kestrel update

April 2017: Recently, I discussed the winter raptors of “my beat” in the Thomson and Michaelbrook Marshes that mark the boundaries of Kelowna’s Recreational Fields in Lower Mission. I began that post by featuring a female American Kestrel that I have been flirting with (actually, I have to give her most of the credit, here) since Spring 2015.

I named her “Kessie.” Seemed reasonable, I thought. Last year, I had the privilege of watching her mate with “Amke“, a handsome but less interactive bird not far from their nesting tree on the southwest edge of Michaelbrook Marsh. This Spring, sometime in late February and through March, she began spending more time in that part of my beat.  In the first week of April I have twice watched them copulate on different days. Most of the photos  in this post are not spectacular, but I’d like to share them with Kestrel lovers everywhere:

American Kestrel pair
Kessie on the left and Amke, her mate, on the right above Michaelbrook Marsh.

Click on clusters of photos like the ones below to open them in a new tab….

The parents to be….


Getting together looked pleasant enough:

American Kestrels breeding (Falco sparverius)
Not the most glamorous place for a romantic occasion. Two days later I watched them re-couple on a branch near the nesting tree.

Preparing for the trials of parenthood starts with nutrition….


Kessie greets us on an evening visit.

Kessie in the evening near nest
I whistle and she gives me her attention; this has been going on for four months….
Kessie in the evening near nest
Basking in some evening sunshine, April 9, 2017.

(Above) Kessie looks more serious, somehow, than she did two months ago (below)….

Kessie, January 31, 2017.

We’ll keep an eye on this pair and hope to see offspring in due course.



4 thoughts on “Kessie, the American Kestrel update

  1. Awesome Keith! Thanks for sharing! I love the looks she gives you on your last image I think that she is happy you keep and eye on her 🙂


  2. They are truly beautiful birds. We have a webcam on our property in a Kestrel box. The female is still using the box now. It is fun to watch this beautiful bird. You are also a very talented photographer, I enjoyed looking at your photos.


  3. Thanks for your visit, Mike, and for your complimentary remarks.
    It’s great to see the work that is being done with AMKEs in your part of Utah! Good luck with the project!
    Long Live Kestrels!!


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