Our recent years of consistent monitoring has identified that two pairs of kestrels successfully breed locally most years. The previously unknown factor concerning this species and Alderney has been the comparatively large numbers of this species that stop over on and pass through the island during each early autumn.

This annual movement (almost certainly comprising Kestrels from the nearby continent) is predominantly young birds and it is not unusual to record 10+ Kestrels across the island on any given day during September.

A super photo sent in by Sandy Robertson of one our resident adult male Kestrels sheltering during the storms this week prompted this post.