Kestrel vs Jackdaw | Brutal Fight To Defend 6 Kestrel Bird Eggs

The female kestrel in my garden has won yet another a bitter battle to protect her eggs - this time fighting off marauding jackdaws in a bloody and vicious fight.

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Mrs Kes is a formidable falcon and last year bravely fought jackdaws, barn owls and a tyrannical tawny owl to keep her eggs safe. (Click here to read the story: )

Now she has had to summon up her strength again as barn owls, a new male kestrel, not her mate, and a pair of marauding jackdaws mount a series of devastating raids on her nest. Nest sites are hotly contested in spring, and my cameras reveal that the battle for the best site is brutal.

In the last of several vicious clashes, the female kestrel gets covered in blood and her eggs scatter across the floor of the nest. Exhausted by the battle, she does her best to continue incubating but makes no effort to collect her eggs back together.

I don't like to intervene with wildlife, but it's clear that if I don't this clutch will fail. I gather the eggs up together and thankfully Mrs Kes returns to incubate them. However, three of the eggs are worryingly cold.

These eggs are due to hatch any day now. I hope the chicks have survived. It is has been a bitter ordeal for this kestrel pair. And especially for Mrs Kes. Laying and brooding six eggs is tough enough, the female has laid over half her body weight in eggs! But doing this in the face of constant attacks just shows how hardy these birds have to be.

Mrs Kes’ laid her first egg on Easter Monday, April 5, 2021. It was bitterly cold and she didn't lay her second until April 8th. But she then laid her third on April 10th, and her fourth on April 12th. Incubation usually begins once the third egg is laid and lasts roughly 27-29 days. The fifth and sixth eggs were laid on April 14th and 16th respectively.

Males are as invested as females in incubation and the eventual raising of the chicks. Mr Kes even practised sitting on the first egg when he discovered it. He also continues to support her by bringing her food and helping to fight off competition.

Kestrels incubate their eggs for 30 days on average, and so I am expecting the eggs to hatch from today, May 10th. These will hatch at two day intervals. I stream the action from inside this kestrel nest on my livestream here:

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  • I think the female left the egg to freshen up after the bloody fight! She looked clean when she came back. Maybe took a wash in a nearby stream.

    david lambertdavid lambert5 ساعات قبل
  • Brilliant and very observant Robert cross fingers for hatchlings and the parent birds.what struggles they have .no Facebook for them 😀

    steve mcgowansteve mcgowan11 ساعات قبل
  • This is art! I love kestrels and your videos about them ^^ Thank you a lot for your content! Best wishes from germany✌🏻😊

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  • You are a wonderful and kind person. Thanks for your work! Hello from Russia!

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  • Nice video 👍

    Sundaramoorthi MSundaramoorthi M2 أيام قبل
  • Love your work from Pakistan its so peaceful and beautiful

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  • Bro I need a kestrel baby

    Saad KhanSaad Khan3 أيام قبل
  • I've been a huge fan of your videos for awhile now! I love all the birds of prey and stouts especially but also Jackdaws as well, corvids in general are my favorite birds. They make a lot of appearances in your vids. I'd love to follow a Jackdaw family through your videos and wondering if that may ever be possible in the future?

    A. G.A. G.3 أيام قبل
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  • Love these videos! I've always had a soft spot for Kestrels, such neat little birds but lordy hoo, the tiercel looks so small next to her! Do as you're told! jackdaws too, raised a couple of abandoned chicks some years ago and they were not just smart but hilariously entertaining. Important not to get anthropomorphic about it all, they're all just surviving.

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    • Many thanks.

      Robert E FullerRobert E Fuller13 أيام قبل
  • Do kestrels use the falcon punch to kill their prey?

    stickemuppunk itsthefunlovingconservativestickemuppunk itsthefunlovingconservative14 أيام قبل
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    Reda AbdiReda Abdi15 أيام قبل
  • Спасибо, Роберт.

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  • Title: "Brutal fight" Video: No fight due to power shortage. Disappointing. Other than that, the video is cool.

    Keshu FirangiKeshu Firangi15 أيام قبل
  • 7:26 how small kestrel eggs actually are.

    Change GamerChange Gamer16 أيام قبل
  • You think the guy would of shown the babies.

    Thomas SeitzThomas Seitz16 أيام قبل
    • There are lots of videos of this family on my channel - here is one of the young kestrels fledging -

      Robert E FullerRobert E Fuller16 أيام قبل
  • Get out maleficent!!

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    А БА Б17 أيام قبل
  • Lovely video 👍🏻

    Muhammad KhalidMuhammad Khalid17 أيام قبل
    • here is how the story ended

      Robert E FullerRobert E Fuller16 أيام قبل
  • Love of mother 💜

    MuneerMuneer17 أيام قبل
  • So sweet l feel so bad they have so much stress 😔 Thank you so much for your kindness to help with the eggs💕

    LKDLKD17 أيام قبل
  • 👍👍

    Бейоглан НаджафовБейоглан Наджафов17 أيام قبل
  • Good survive 👍

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  • Awesome

    STEVESTEVE19 أيام قبل
  • the great story u capture with your camera..heads of u sir. u are great🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🙏🤩🥰😍🥰😍🥰😍🙏🙏🙏🙏

    jeetesh joshijeetesh joshi20 أيام قبل
  • To R E Fuller I read that only crows, ravens & magpies attack eggs or babies in nests. ( so carrion crows, jackdaws & rooks don't ). so is this behaviour usual for Jackdaws ?

    zero tolerance for Satanic Elitezero tolerance for Satanic Elite20 أيام قبل
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    A M Æ T Ë Ù RA M Æ T Ë Ù R20 أيام قبل
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  • Subscribed.

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    • Thank You

      Robert E FullerRobert E Fuller20 أيام قبل
  • Eu não entendo essa língua 😕 mais a bichinha nem consegue choca em paz

    paladar nordestinopaladar nordestino21 أيام قبل
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    utpal paulutpal paul21 أيام قبل
  • "Mr and Mrs Kestrel, how many kids are you having this season?" Female: "Uhhh..." Male: "...last I checked..."

    Lathrop L. d S TLathrop L. d S T22 أيام قبل
  • That was quite the epic. I can’t believe none of the eggs were damaged during the fight (and especially the exit afterward); wish more of that were filmed. There’s just something so magically charming about the English countryside I cannot help but feel an ancient stirring in me deep down inside, to be brought there w/ such a beautiful, brilliant video. Hard to describe, but certainly to the channel’s creator, well done sir, thank you! 🙏🏻 🏆

    Justin MixJustin Mix22 أيام قبل
    • Happy to say that all 6 eggs hatched and the chicks all fledged successfully

      Robert E FullerRobert E Fuller20 أيام قبل
  • Rip that 1 egg 😭😭😭

    JametsuJametsu22 أيام قبل
    • Happy to say all 6 eggs survived this attack and all hatched.

      Robert E FullerRobert E Fuller20 أيام قبل
  • Good work . Y aur best.

    vipin kumarvipin kumar22 أيام قبل
  • Great googly moogly this was dramatic

    Chris TooleyChris Tooley22 أيام قبل
  • It’s like a tower defense

    LorenzoLorenzo23 أيام قبل
  • What is camera are you fixing

    فرحات مهنيفرحات مهني23 أيام قبل
  • Barn 🦉 be like : "Wrong hole !"

    Kawaii SakuraKawaii Sakura24 أيام قبل
  • 7:08 - I didn't think you were going to intervene. I'm glad you did.

    Dante BondDante Bond24 أيام قبل
  • Favorite Animals Ever

    None ExistentNone Existent24 أيام قبل
  • Wow nice birds

    Al john MarinasAl john Marinas27 أيام قبل
  • Great human being you are sir!

    Bradley CooperBradley Cooper29 أيام قبل
  • That's the cutest bird of prey

    D'cag DiggerD'cag Diggerأشهر قبل
  • birds are so cruel to each other

    Plur PlursenPlur Plursenأشهر قبل
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    Shijo JosephShijo Josephأشهر قبل
  • These males are more responsible than the men I watch on paternity court

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  • Smol egel

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  • i want give plus for video but how i see he help arrange nest i not do

    rv dextronrv dextronأشهر قبل
  • wow you upgraded to become a tv host, lol..

    Peanut AnnPeanut Annأشهر قبل
  • 5:08 Dad bird: Hold my snake babe Mom bird: Be careful dear 😘

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  • V nice

    Iftikhar HusainIftikhar Husainأشهر قبل
  • Father comes back next morning. Wtf you doing my dear!??

    simpolangsimpolangأشهر قبل
  • mom went shopping after the fight to release tension and dad came back and said where tf did she go? Then went to search for her in the bird mall. Then mom was like I can’t abandon my kids and came back.

    jaydel3jaydel3أشهر قبل
  • Wow so beautiful... I really like it... are you a bird hobbyist..?

    MISDA ArMISDA Arأشهر قبل
  • You doing nice job sir 👍

    Kàrtik 07Kàrtik 07أشهر قبل
  • Beautiful thank you for sharing

    Leigh AnnLeigh Annأشهر قبل
  • I just love how what you did to help the eggs, new subscriber.

    Falconer MattFalconer Mattأشهر قبل
    • Thanks and welcome

      Robert E FullerRobert E Fullerأشهر قبل
  • What am impressive fight !!!

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  • This is wonderful. What a guy I love this channel. Subscribed 😊👍

    stephen shuttstephen shuttأشهر قبل
  • Daaaaang cameras died right at the crazy part

    Habeas JHabeas Jأشهر قبل
  • I love this footage. All of your videos are so enjoyable and educational. Thank you for caring for these birds, as well as the lovely stoats! I monitor a couple of American Kestrel nesting boxes here where I live and I would dearly love to have a camera inside at least one of them. This year, one box was taken over by Eur. Starlings so that was a bust. In the other box, 2 of 4 eggs didn't hatch. We had a nasty cold spell back in April before the female had completed laying her clutch. I assume those two unhatched eggs were males because the two that did hatch are both females. The mother bird has had to raise these two girls on her own. We don't know what happened to her mate, but my fear is that a Cooper's Hawk got him. The female did a great job, though, and her two chicks have fledged and are learning to hunt on their own.

    Kat Bradley-BennettKat Bradley-Bennettأشهر قبل
  • 7:57 Female: "He tidied up the house? Mmhm, I chose a good man!"

    Tragoudistros.MPHTragoudistros.MPHأشهر قبل
  • Brutal fight. Cuts out brutal fight. Leaves how the brutal fight ended.

    YuneYuneأشهر قبل
  • Wow... Wonderful ❤️👍🏽

    Birdspot @homeBirdspot @homeأشهر قبل
  • Robert You did a first class editing and production of this Video and your Narration made the Kestrels struggles flow along smoothly. I am sure most of the viewers were cheering the Parent Kestrels to be successful. Did you have a Camera inside and outside the nest for you covered both very well.?

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    • Thank you. I have around 100 cameras in and around my garden now so i try to capture as much as I can.

      Robert E FullerRobert E Fullerأشهر قبل
  • Now let's see the same scenario from the worms point of view

    Black SpidermanBlack Spidermanأشهر قبل
  • ngl birbs r cute 🥺

    GoldyGoldyأشهر قبل
  • I was just looking at the preview of the video, and it was the szene where the one Kestrel came out of the whole again and again, as it looped. Found it hilarious

    BotMaster3000BotMaster3000أشهر قبل
  • Great video Robert so beautiful... enjoyed it your commentary is excellent Keep it up.

    pradeep Selvaratnampradeep Selvaratnamأشهر قبل
  • “Remember son it’s only yours if you can defend it” -my dad Think that quote applies very well here

    A jar of picklesA jar of picklesأشهر قبل
  • same in humans world go to someone's home,take child, and try to come out

    sr Anna Francesca Kowalskasr Anna Francesca Kowalskaأشهر قبل
  • It's so lovely to watch this birds laying eggs.

    Marshall Stone WorldMarshall Stone Worldأشهر قبل
  • That is the reason why a lot of people despise the covid species of birds but that is nature

    Michael WallMichael Wallأشهر قبل
  • The mother didn't gather the eggs back together again ither because it didn't matter for incubation success rate, or because she has bad psycological mutation which her children might inherit if they survive and fail to incubate 6 times more eggs without human help. Humans shoudn't interfere.

    Сергей ГусевСергей Гусевأشهر قبل
  • ماشاء الله🇦🇱

    Ahmad ElAhmad Elأشهر قبل
  • dumb bird

    Akane-chanAkane-chanأشهر قبل
  • what is in heads of ppl that dislike ?

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  • God's Creative power is Amazing 👏

    Italian Traditional CatholicItalian Traditional Catholicأشهر قبل
  • That little hop at 0:04 was the most graceful

    6 weeks ago  •  35 years ago6 weeks ago • 35 years agoأشهر قبل
  • You have no idea how relieved I was that she didn't have to fight with the egg still inside

  • 0:05 I was laughing like, how hopeless is it to let the predator simply take over 😂🤦‍♂️

  • #birds

    Dan MenzolDan Menzolأشهر قبل
  • 3:17

    BlackxZetsuBlackxZetsuأشهر قبل
  • If the bird didn't come back, the guy would probably sit on eggs himself.

    car5carcar5carأشهر قبل
    • Lmao

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  • Don't lose your baby birds bird 💖💕❤️

    Legendary itsfunneh✨🦊Legendary itsfunneh✨🦊أشهر قبل
  • Stupid jackdaw. What if you layed a egg and she took it hmmmmmm

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