I went back to Oakledge later that same day (7/10/11), 7:30 - 8:30 PM,
with my family + Ted Murin. The Merlins were still in the same area.
One fledgling chasing it's parent around screaming for food. I
haven't been back since then, so I don't know if they are still around.
Quoting Scott Walker Morrical <[log in to unmask]>:
> This afternoon (7/10/11) I observed two Merlins at Oakledge Park in
> Burlington. One of the Merlins was doing noisy flight displays around
> a pine tree, giving its high-pitched "klee-klee-klee-klee..." call. It
> then landed on a bare branch in the pine where a second Merlin was
> perched. The first Merlin appeared to transfer food to the second one.
> This happened three times over the course of 30 min or so. I presume
> the second Merlin was a fledgling and that successful breeding occurred
> nearby. Alternatively the second one was a female receiving
> ritualistic food offerings from a male. Either way, Merlin nesting
> activity in the area appears certain.
> Location: Go to the south parking area in Oakledge Park. There is big
> picnic pavilion on the hill. The pine tree with the exposed branch is
> just a few yards NW of the picnic pavilion, across the bike path. At
> least one Merlin was swooping back and forth across the grassy area
> between the pavilion and the bike path. Another vantage point is to
> continue a few more yards down the bike path to the swimming cove and
> look back up the hill at the pine. There is an $8 entry fee ($6 for
> Burlington residents) to drive into the park. Alternatively you can
> park outside the park and walk in maybe 0.1 mile. Or aproach on foot or
> bike along the Burlington bike path.
> Scott Morrical
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> South Burlington