Friday, October 7, 2016

Birds on a Wire: Merlin

The Merlin is a small falcon about the size of the more abundant Kestrel. The Merlin winters in the Southwest and summers in Canada, while the Kestrel stays year round in the Southwest. The Merlin is most often seen (in Arizona) -- as the photo below suggests -- sitting on fence posts in desert grasslands. It feeds almost exclusively on small birds --- specifically the grassland sparrows.


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