On the past three days I have stopped off downtown to check on the progress of the Merlin family.
On Tuesday (7/3) I observed that the nest had completely fallen apart, but that the chicks were all still up in the tree. I counted five of them actively preening the last of their downy feathers and hopping from branch to branch exercising their wings. I saw no sign of the parents.
On Wednesday there were only two chicks left in the nesting tree though I could hear another one nearby calling. The Mother made several passes by the tree, I assume encouraging them to leave. Later, the Male came in with a small bird carcass which he transferred to the female who carried it into the nearby trees where I could hear the other chick.
Today there was only one chick left in the nesting tree when I arrived, though someone told me there were still two there earlier in the morning. I had the pleasure of seeing what I believe this last chick's first flight to an adjacent tree. I later found four fledgling in a nearby tree, two perched, one sleeping, and the last finishing off a meal. Both of the parents were very active in the area while I was there.