Nature Notes

July 30, 2008

Merlin becoming more common in Ontario

Filed under: Birds,Canada,Video — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 5:32 pm

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Merlin

Merlin

The latest breeding bird survey for Ontario (2001-2005) shows that the Merlin has been moving south as a breeding species. As the BBS Atlas notes, in part this is due to increased breeding in urban areas, something it has done in the prairies for many years.

The image and video are of an adult bird from Cambridge where a pair successfully raised four young.


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4 Comments »

  1. Hi Harold,

    Thank you for sharing with subscribers to Ontbirds, your outstanding photo of the adult Merlin- a great study of the plumage. Enjoyed the video as well.

    Good birding,

    Ann

    Comment by Ann Gray — July 30, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

  2. Great image on OntBirds, Harold! Merlins are such beautiful birds. Here’s another from the Portland, ON area to view:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/natureshooter/2280840072/in/set-72157594285982282/

    Regards,

    Marty

    Comment by Marty Burke — July 30, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

  3. Thnk you, Ann. They are certainly a treat to see.

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — July 30, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

  4. Thanks, Marty.

    That’s an excellent shot on your site. It looks like the same race as the Cambridge bird (Taiga maybe?)

    ..Harold

    Comment by Harold — July 30, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

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