I haven't spent a lot of time at Red Rocks this year, but I have yet to hear
or see merlins there. I don't think they are nesting near the picnic tables
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From: "Scott W. Morrical" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, June 24, 2005 3:26 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Merlin, South Burlington, food chain
> Yesterday evening (6/23, about 6 PM) I observed a Merlin carrying prey,
> west of Spear St. in South Burlington towards the direction of Red Rocks
> The victim was fairly substantial in size, maybe a robin or a blackbird.
> Merlin nesters in the area this year?
> This morning 6/24, at UVM dairy farms along Spear St. there was a
> Hawk flying with large prey, appeared to be a rabbit! American Crows
> and repeatedly slammed into the hawk. A violent neighborhood.
> Several Sharp-shinned Hawks around the 'hood the past few days.
> Scott Morrical
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> South Burlington