[Tweeters] Call for merlin sightings

Benjamin Johnson tiger80 at hotmail.com
Sat Apr 21 22:34:31 PDT 2018

Hello All. Spring is here, and the merlins are starting to "sing". Kim and I will be continuing our Seattle-area merlin project investigating merlin nest site characteristics, nesting success and density, site and pair fidelity, and annual movements. We’ve seen some Tweeters posts about merlin activity already this spring, and as always, merlin observations and resightings of banded merlins are invaluable to our study. We'd be very interested to hear about any banded merlin sightings or possible breeding activity that you may observe, or even general merlin observations, particularly in North Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, and Edmonds. If you are so inclined to share your observations please contact Ben Vang-Johnson (bvjohnson87 at gmail dot com) or Kim McCormick (kim.mccormick at comcast dot net). We'll keep any information shared with us confidential, and we greatly appreciate any help you can provide.

A little more about the bands:
To track individual merlin movements and relationships we band some merlins with blue or red color bands. Each color band has a two-character code that identifies the merlin. Blue bands use two letters, stacked one on top of the other, read top to bottom. Red bands use two numbers, side-by-side, read left to right. These bands can be read with a spotting scope or powerful camera. If you happen to be watching a merlin through your scope/camera take a look at its legs when it stretches or moves around and you might see a colored band.

Thanks for your help!

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