|Merlin (Falco columbarius)|
|Tail feathers fanned in a courtship display|
|In flight approaching the nesting site|
Although these small falcons have returned to this area each spring for several years now, this is the first year that I've been able to observe them properly. This is mainly due to the location of their nest which is situated in a big spruce tree close enough for me to watch their comings and goings. It is also where the crows had a nest last year.