Watch Kestrels at the Great Salt Lake

A closeup of a kestrel. A small bird of prey with a curved beak, blue-grey head and brown, white and black striped breast.
American kestrel The American kestrel is the smallest and most common falcon in North America. © Shutterstock

Kestrel Nest Cam 2021

We've been waiting and hoping for a successful nesting as we watched a kestrel pair fly in and out of our box for about a month. Well, the wait is over and we now have four eggs in the nest box at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve!

Follow along with our live feed below as the pair take turns sitting on the eggs and bringing food to each other. We expect the eggs to hatch some time around mid-May. While watching, feel free to email us at utah@tnc.org with your observations. From egg incubation to young ones fledging the nest, we’re looking forward to a fun season of following our feathered family!


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Kestrels, TNC and HawkWatch 

We’re partnering with HawkWatch International to learn more about why kestrel populations are in decline across the country. This year, HawkWatch is monitoring and checking each of the kestrel boxes at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve. We’re also working with Tracy Aviary and Raptor Inventory Nest Surveys on local kestrel tracking and conservation efforts.

You can get involved too. To help kestrels in your own neighborhood, remember to landscape using native trees and shrubs, and don’t use any kind of rodent poison or insecticides.

Check out other cams

If you’re still craving a wildlife fix, there are other animals in the spotlight right now. Watch other TNC cams around the globe.

Closeup of a kestrel with a gray head and brown and black back.
American Kestrel American Kestrel © Courtney Celley/USFWS

Have Some Avian Family Fun!

As you watch this season’s kestrel family action, you can use the activities and resources below to learn more about American kestrels, and the habitats they, and many other birds, need to thrive.