Born out of his fear of heights, Tom now employs a low-tech telescoping pole design of his own making that allows him to lower a nest box for maintenance while otherwise leaving it perched at a height of about 13 feet, allowing its inhabitants a lofty view of their surroundings.
The coastal grassland at Stratford Point is a perfect open habitat for these small falcons and it provides ample resources in the form of small bird, mammal and dragonfly prey. In fact, American Kestrels are generally present here year-round, except for during the breeding season when they apparently go elsewhere.
For more information about Tom's work with Kestrels in Connecticut, including building plans to put together your own next box, visit: http://www.nectkestrels.com/
All photographs copyright Twan Leenders