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Encore! Encore! – American Kestrels

The American Kestrels apparently had so much fun raising one brood that they have decided to do it all over again this summer.  The female kestrel has laid two eggs as of the morning of 24 June, as shown in the photo, below.

American Kestrel second clutch
The beginnings of a second American Kestrel clutch.

American Kestrels do not typically lay a second clutch of eggs or raise a second brood.  According to the Birds of North America (BNA) species account, 11% of American Kestrels in Florida raised a second brood.   The BNA account also noted that a “second brood less likely with increasing latitude”.  Based on this information, one might conclude a second breeding attempt to be quite rare in Nebraska.  However, this is the second time we have observed American Kestrels laying a second clutch of eggs in this nestbox (I believe 2011 was the other year).  We do not mark or band the adult American Kestrels so we do not know if this is the same pair from previous years.  It has been a nice spring and early summer thus far with above average precipitation.  Perhaps there is an abundance of resources that is inspiring this American Kestrel encore.

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About Joel Jorgensen

Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

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