Kestrel-TV
from Falsterbo Lighthouse

Lighthouse Kestrels

In this nestbox, high up on the Falsterbo Lighthouse tower, Common Kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) have bred since 1990. By ringing we know that it was the sam pair during 1990-94. They got 21 chicks.

In 1995 the female was another one but the same male was still there and they had five chicks. Next year the male became the father of four more chicks, now with his third "wife".

Since 1997 new pairs have bred on the lighthouse. In 2014 there was a new pair since the previous one did not survive the winter. This year, there is again a new pair and this time both the male and the female have been ringed making it easier to recognize them.

In 2003 and 2012 there were seven chicks in the box, which is the maximum clutch size so far. All the chicks were fledged.

Every year, the chicks have been ringed. One of them was later found in north-western Italy (Dec), another one in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (Nov), a third one in Halland, Sweden (Dec) and a fourth one at Copehagen Airport, Denmark (Jul).

Number of chicks

1990 ............. 5
1991 ............. 3
1992 ............. 6
1993 ............. 3
1994 ............. 4
1995 ............. 5
1996 ............. 4
1997 ............. 5
1998 ............. 4
1999 ............. 6
2000 ............. 6
2001 ............. 6
2002 ............. 0
2003 ............. 7
2004 ............. 5
2005 ............. 5
2006 ............. 4
2007 ............. 5
2008 ............. 5
2009 ............. 6
2010 ............. 4
2011 ............. 6
2012 ............. 7
2013 no breeding
2014 ............. 4
2015 ............. 4
2016 ............. 5
2017 .............

This year's pair

The female

The male