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Friday, July 19, 2013

Merlin

Falco columbarius
8:30 a.m. this morning....
 
A young Merlin is perched in a Spruce tree



A second Merlin is perched in the same tree on a lower branch

The young falcons are gaining experience flying, and they're also learning to hunt.  Lately it has become very noisy here.  At various times of the day and during the evening hours especially, the merlins' incessant high-pitched calls often make us stop what we're doing and go see what's happening outside.