Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Migrating Kestrels arrive to find familiar roost tree uprooted in Mahikeng

Lesser Kestrel back to overwinter but familiar roost tree no where to be found

The first group of a  handful of Lesser Kestrel, mainly males, arrived at the uprooted roost tree in the Mahikeng CBD on Monday the 14th November 2011 at 18h15. They are one day later than last year.
After circling the area in search of their annual roost tree they took refuge on a dead tree nearby.
More than 3000 birds came to roost in the uprooted tree last summer.It will be interesting to see how they are going to react to the new situation.

The giant roost tree ready to be brought down last winter


  1. Very sad that their tree is gone. The same thing happened in Wellington a few years ago. The owners of the small property that the birds roosted in got so upset about the mess, they chopped the tree down. The birds simply went to the next biggest tree and roost there now. Hope yours will find a new home soon.

  2. Hi Robyn,
    You will be updated as events unfold.Hope,they find another roost tree.

  3. Very nice image here, sad to know the tree is no more.. :( They visit our country also, but i am yet to see this species... :) Lovely blog mate!! :)

    Angad Achappa