Saturday, July 27, 2013

Merlin Falcon

Merlin Falcon
The merlin  is a falcon that is found in the Northern Hemisphere. They breed in the northern portions of their territory, Canada, Alaska, Siberia, the Netherlands and such. They winter in the southern US, Mexico, Central America, Northern South America, the Baltic Countries, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and China. Here in southern Minnesota we have a few nesting pairs that are found in the Twin Cities. Merlin's do not build their own nest but take over the nest of another raptor or more typically a crow. They are much more prevalent in the northern part of the state like up in Duluth.


Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Hi Jeff Great shot. I have only seen once once and that was in Ireland however I never knew that used another birds nest to lay their eggs.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great look bird!

Huldra said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)

Greetings from Huldra in Norway :)

Anni said...

Wow!!! He is sitting [or she] so proud and stately! Great image.