While biking home this evening around 8pm, I heard what I'm pretty sure was a Merlin calling from a deciduous tree behind 210 Park Place. Without binoculars I never sighted the bird. It was calling very continuously, with a few breaks in between and some "chink" calls reminiscent of grosbeak. There are a couple of evergreens nearby that could be candidate nest sites.
Suan _____________________ http://suan-yong.com > On May 25, 2016, at 8:41 PM, John Confer <con...@ithaca.edu> wrote: > > It is a ittle premature to count my eggs before they hatch, but ... . > > > Last year at this time 2 of seven Merlin nests in our area had failed, > probably predation. > > > This year 5 of 5 are still going strong, including the easily accessed nest > in the top of a white Pine on South Titus St. behind Meadow Court Lodge. This > can be watched from your car without disturbing the pair, which are already > exposed to lots of human activity. The first eggs of any nest will probably > hatch in a little more than a week. > > > I found the Wells College nest thanks to someone who said they had heard a > Merlin on campus, which was passed on to me, which inspired me to spend a > pleasant half hour walking around the campus. It is about an hour drive one > way for me, which is a little hard for monitoring survival a couple times a > week, or better even monitoring prey brought to the nest. > > > I am trying to determine Merlin nesting success in urban areas near Ithaca, > and the prey species brought to the nest. Anyone interested in monitoring > that nest? > > > Ki KI KI KI > > > John Confer 274-3978 > > > > -- > Cayugabirds-L List Info: > Welcome and Basics > Rules and Information > Subscribe, Configuration and Leave > Archives: > The Mail Archive > Surfbirds > BirdingOnThe.Net > Please submit your observations to eBird! > -- -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --