Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 2

Lower Orchard Street was a hive of activity this last June as a pair of courting kestrels settled in to raise a family.  They took up residence in a rather large hole in the cornice of a building.

Here, Mama K pokes her head out.

LES kestrel

Then heads out to run errands.

LES kestrel

After Mama left, Papa K made a visit.  Who is that behind him in the hole?

Dad kestrel

Hello!

Kestrel babies

I was excited to see two babies in the nest cavity.  This was the first time I'd seen them at all, so I was a bit surprised to see how big they were.

But, wait, there's more!

Kestrel threesome

Three babies!

You can see through the crack below the main hole that they are perched on a little ledge.  I wondered how deep the cavity could be - maybe they were only able to climb up and look out only after having grown so big.

But, wait, there's more!

Evidence of a 4th kestrel baby

If three's a crowd, then four must be a party, right?  Standing room only, apparently.

The fourth sibling had to settle for a seat in the back, but they all took turns looking out the front door.

Lower East Side kestrels

Zzzzzzzzzzz....

Naptime

Stay tuned for feeding time.

Previously:
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 1