🔆 LATEST: FROM 5 down to 3 - 20th June 2020. At 01:07AM, Two of the Juveniles were pushed off the ledge by a sibling. We have found one youngster in a ventilation hole below and returned it to the nest. Sadly the other is missing, possibly taken by a Stoat or Weasel. 🔆
The National Trust owns 6,100 acres of upper Wharfedale, including nine farms, plus the hamlets of Yockenthwaite and Cray.
Hubberholme is halfway between Yockenthwaite and Cray and is always a welcome stop on the Dales Way long distance footpath. The George Inn for a practical Top-up, St Michael and All Angels Church for a spirital top-up, and National Trust Scar House 'Up-top' for the spectacular views.
Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus nesting in a Field Barn above Hubberholme, Langstrothdale. This nest is located in one of the numerous ventilation holes in a traditional Yorkshire Dales Field Barn.
The barn is on The National Trust's Upper Wharfedale Estate which comprises nearly 3,000 hectares of streams, rivers, calcareous grassland, ancient woodlands, hay meadows and open moorland.
She has laid 5 eggs in total and the 4th egg was laid on the 21st April. We expact hatching to be from the 18th May onwards.
The Kestrel's home range is from 1 square km to 10 square km, depending on the availability of food and number of other Kestrels in the area.
Their breeding season starts in February. Egg laying is late April to early May. They lay between 3 and 6 eggs with 2 days between each one. Incubation starts after the third egg and lasts 27 to 29 days.
17th May 10.30AM - The first chick hatched about an 9.30AM
17th May 1.00PM - Male visits with food, possibly a Bank Vole. We see the chick dangerously close to the nest edge. Within seconds it falls out into the field below. The chick was quickly eaten by a Jackdaw.
19th May 4.00PM - The male delivers food and the four chicks get fed by the female.
5th April 2015 - A weasel has a face off with the nesting Kestrel, she laid her first egg a couple of hours earlier.
5th April 2015 - Attack. Clasping on to her head feathers it tries to drag her into the cavity. Against the odds, she gets free and flies off. The Weasel returns briefly, but will the Kestrel now abandon the nest.
6th April 2015 - Early the following morning the female Kestrel returns. Left eye battle scarred and sporting a punk style crest. After a short delay she lays a further 5 eggs and all 6 hatch.