LIVE FROM THE NEST BOX: Secret peeks into the AOC nest boxes

This year we want to focus on the kestrels and jackdaws with the live broadcast from the bird watcher's nesting boxes. (The jackdaws have already left the nest, at the moment you can still see the kestrels in their nest box.)

With the appropriate nesting boxes, which you can easily build yourself (see below), the two bird species can be perfectly supported by offering a safe place for rearing their young.


Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) belong to the raven birdfamily, although they are significantly smaller than rooks or hooded crows. They prefer cavities in buildings and trees, as they are cave breeders. Attics or chimneys are also suitable as nesting sites. In particular, the misuse of chimneys as a nesting site leads to conflicts with people again and again, as chimneys can quickly get clogged by nesting material. With a grille as a barrier and a replacement nest in the form of a nesting box, this can be remedied very quickly.

Due to building renovations, the loss of old wood, pesticide use in agriculture and a lack of food due to a scarcity of meadows, the jackdaw population has declined significantly in recent decades. It is all the more encouraging that the birds are now more common in an intact wine-growing landscape such as the Weinviertel, where there is enough food supply of protein-rich insects to successfully raise their young.

Are you having problems with jackdaws regularly clogging your chimney with nesting material?
The team of the Austrian Ornithological Institute will be happy to advise you on finding an ideal solution for living side by side.
Contact us by email.


LIVE-WEBCAM: A look into the kestrel nest

The kestrels are also breeding again in our nestbox this year.


Click on the picture to get to a LIVE-webcam (on Youtube) from our kestrel nest.
Banner live-webcam kestrel 1

The kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is our most common type of falcon and can be found all year round in Austria. In the breeding season from early March to July, the falcons stay particularly bonded to their nesting site. Kestrels do not build nests, but like to use niches on facades, in barns or on towers. Artificial nesting aids  2are also gladly accepted. Especially during the breeding season, you can easily hear the begging calls of the young birds and females for food.

Often you can see kestrels´ hovering over meadows or fields, where they look for prey. The food consists mainly of field mice and voles, which is why they have an important role in nature. It is not for nothing that kestrels are welcome beneficial animals in agricultural landscapes, where they fight mouse populations in an environmentally friendly way.



Recovered a bird ring?

Photo of bird rings

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