It’s spring and time for baby animals. This time it’s four kestrel chicks that have hatched at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve – and they are cute! Check out the Nest Cam to see the little fluff balls (they’ll be getting feathers soon!)
Mama and Daddy Kestrel both feed the chicks tiny pieces of voles and mice and those hungry chicks eat twice as much food as their parents. It’s not long before they get to practice eating on their own and within a month, they’ll be flying and learning to catch prey on their own.
Kestrels are small, charismatic raptors, only about the size of a mourning dove when full-grown. They are experts at hovering, using the wind and their wings, tail and feet to hang suspended in the air like a helicopter while they scan the ground for prey. And, like most birds, they are more sensitive to ultraviolet light than “visible light,” allowing them to see urine trails from voles, mice and other potential meals. Amazing.