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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Merlins

on a sunny morning


It is eight o'clock in the morning, and one of the young Merlins is perched in a Spruce tree at the back of the house calling and calling and calling.  Another Merlin lands on a branch below with its prey.  This is probably the parent with some food for the youngster.

Some Facts:
Breeding period: May
Clutch: 3 - 5 eggs
Incubation period: 1 month
The young leave the nest when they are 25 - 35 days old.
Shortly afterwards, they begin to catch insects on their own, but still rely on their parents for another month or so.