One persistent pair of Merlins! One of the nests I am monitoring is likely by a pair that successfully raised 5 young last year in a nest about 400 m from the current nest. The current nest is in the back yard of a family with three, young kids. Two days ago, I walked up to check on the nest
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.
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
I am again this year trying to monitor nest location, nesting success, and prey brought to nests by Merlin. Last year thanks to the help of many on the listserve, I, Mark Witmer, Madeline Ulinski, Ann Herzig, and Sam Ayers reported on 7 regional nests in the article "NESTING MERLINS (Falco