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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.

Scott


Quoting Scott Walker Morrical <[log in to unmask]>:

> Greetings,
>
> 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
> <[log in to unmask]>
> South Burlington