[cayugabirds-l] Merlin and Swallows

2019-06-30 Thread Tobias Dean
Lots of drama over the past week. We have a colony of barnswallows that
live in one of our barns. Approx 25-45 individuals but they are hard to
count. Plus tree swallows in nest boxes. What I am pretty sure is a Merlin
has been coming around and driving them absolutely crazy. both Swallow
species mob this bird. The fledglings are coming out and I assume the bird
is trying to get one but I haven't seen one taken. the falcon may actually
fly into the barn on occasion.
   The Merlin comes by at least 3-4 times a day and I can hear the general
outcry from inside the house. The falcon doesn't seem terribly worried
about the attack of the swallows but circles around as they fly all around
him/her.

I don't recall this kind of predation over a long period from previous
years.

 I wonder if egg laying will be reduced from the stress of these
attacks. This is happening on South Hill near the intersection of King and
Yaple Rd in Danby. You are welcome to check this out, just let me know in
advance.

   Toby Dean

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[cayugabirds-l] Merlin and Swallows

2011-08-04 Thread Meena Haribal
A merlin has been circling high in the sky for last few minutes. Initially, I 
thought it was sharpie, but views from binoculars showed it to be a falcon.  
May be it is the same one that Dave reported from Stewart Park today morning.  
There were also some smaller birds around it, probably they were swallows, yes 
now I confirmed they are tree swallows.  I think Merlin has been circling for 
more than 10 minutes. May be there are some insects that high. Darners?

Lot of activity so high up in the sky! May be some migration occurring!

I also saw a monarch head south!

Meena



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