Hi Folks,   I got two more Merlin reports since I posted the county-wide 
preliminary total just yesterday. Wow. We now have a total of 12 known pairs, 9 
of which fledged young for the year for the county. There is even the 
possibility of a late renest for one of the failed nests, as happened last 
year. The county-wide survey has gone from 2 in 2014 to 12 this year, the 
highest count so far. Bill and John (another John) led me to a group of fledged 
young on Brandywine Rd. this morning.  One of the new reports was in Dryden. 
Dryden now has had known pairs for 8 of the last 9 years, thanks to Suzanne.
I have submitted an article on Merlin to a science journal. In the 
acknowledgement I note that "The assistance of the Ithaca birding community has 
been key to the discovery of many Merlin nests." This is certainly one of the 
best places in the world to do a county-wide survey for a raptor.  Got to love 
the local birders.
John Confer

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