Heh. The male was apparently neglecting his duty. I bet she'd
been screeching for food from the nest for a while. (The female
Red-tail nesting in the woods behind my house keeps it up almost
non-stop most of the day, and sometimes the male just sits in a
tree at a little distance, ignoring her and preening.)
Roy Pilcher wrote:
> The male merlin was situated on his favorite snag above the crest of a large
> white pine at the Proctor Elementary School plucking away at some prey.
> With a chatter the female approached and appeared to snatch at least part of the
> prey from his grasp, flying off apparently without alighting.
> Further along the West Proctor Road a sharp-shinned hawk was being harassed
> by a five raucous red-winged blackbirds.
> Roy Pilcher
> The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont
> Speaking the same language.
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