The first eye in the quiz belongs to a merlin falcon. I adopted this bird when I was up at Hawk Ridge on October 18th.
The merlin falcon is one of the smaller falcons in North America, the American kestrel is the only smaller member of the falcon family in North America. Sometimes called a pigeon hawk the merlin is one of a few North American Raptors that is sexually dimorphic, meaning that there is a visible difference between the male and female of the species, which in this case is color. Like many of the passerines that they prey upon the merlin spends its summers in Alaska, Canada and the northern US and migrates to the western and southern United States as well as Mexico, Central and northern South America during the winter. This bird was on his way south when he stopped to check out the bait up at Hawk Ridge.