Hi Suan,

   Thanks for posting that.

   Mammals are rarely captured by Merlin, but not never. Adults often remove 
the tail and head before they bring it to nestlings. That has been a 
frustration when I tried to identify prey, which I did for 50 prey. None of 
them were mammals, but dead floppy birds without tail or head look like 
mammals. I couldn't tell what it was. At one frame I thought I saw two bumps on 
the ventral surface where the legs of a bird would be. By the way, they do eat 
the bird's legs. Lots of calcium I guess.

John
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin nest GIAC

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Stopped by GIAC this evening, one merlin (couldn't tell if parent or young) was 
perched visibly until my attention caused it to hop behind some branches. They 
can definitely tell who's paying attention and who isn't, like the few dozen 
parents watching the ongoing basketball game.

Anyhow, last Friday, July 19, I happened to get a video of a feeding:

  
https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10220272976272542<https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsuan.yong%2Fposts%2F10220272976272542&data=02%7C01%7Cconfer%40ithaca.edu%7C900d7e82990f4decb5bb08d70fc9712e%7Cfa1ac8f65e5448579f0b4aa422c09689%7C0%7C0%7C636995230175812880&sdata=e0Iqb1jyJv4l%2Bt62RNEIFMLSQdpQxqsWU95DtLpX7ZA%3D&reserved=0>

Can anyone ID the rodent?

Suan

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