Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Merlin on the Playground

When I arrived at school on Monday, I noticed a Merlin up in the tree above the playground equipment. A Merlin is a small falcon that is a bit larger than the American Kestrel.  The Merlin is a powerful flier that preys on songbirds and shorebirds.  I have seen the Merlin on the playground during the last two winters, so I was happy to see one was back.  I imagine it is trying to capture the European Starlings that frequent the playground.  If you would like to read more about Merlins, check out the "All About Bird" site by clicking here.

The young birders viewed the bird through the classroom binoculars for a closer look.  Several of them shouted out, "Life bird!"  That means it is the first time that they've seen it in their life.  What was your last life bird?
We sure get a lot of use out of our binoculars!
This bird is a small falcon called a Merlin. I took this photo 
at the local lake in town back in December.  It may 
be the same one.

1 comment:

  1. Way to pick up another Lifer, birders! Aren't they pretty birds?? Way to go!