[Tweeters] Merlins starting up again in area - 4/13/14

Barbara Deihl barbdeihl at comcast.net
Sun Apr 13 12:56:51 PDT 2014

The local Merlin pairs near NE Seattle are putting up "No Vacancy" signs on crow nests (and maybe hawk nests) in various tall conifersusually mostly Douglas firs). Time to listen for the "kee-kee-kees" and watch for fast-flying and divebombing dark shapes. If you are noticing new loud calls that you don't recognize and think may be this raptor, call Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, Wild Birds Unltd. in Lake Forest Park, or email me - we all are glad to answer your questions and point you in a helpful direction.
Nest sites for these falcons will not be publicized broadly, in deference to both the falcons and the neighborhood residents, but general info and locations will be shared gradually by word-of-mouth and once each nest and young falcons are a certainty.
Maybe a pair of Merlins will choose your neighborhood to nest in - if so, it'll be a delight (well, not for EVERYONE) for you to watch and listen-to all of the action between now and August.
Enjoy this local opportunity. I will update Tweets occasionally throughout the season.

Barb Deihl
North Matthews Beach - NE Seattle
barbdeihl at comcast.net

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