Merlins at Echo Lake - updated information

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Merlin in N Seattle.. (c) Barbara Deihl
From Barbara Deihl:
I am the Seattle Audubon member who visited the Echo Lake Merlin nest site several times with some other Merlin Watchers from North Seattle and shared information and our scopes with some of the neighbors, starting just after July 4 until the five fledglings dispersed in early August. The parent birds, (or at least the male), are likely to keep coming in and out of the neighborhood and the male will continue to hold the territory for next year, when he and a mate (possibly the same one as this year) will find a different tree and nest in which to try for another successful round of breeding. Here are some photos of the fledglings I took through my scope.

Barbara added information and corrections to the story we previously published. Her information has been incorporated into that story:   Merlins sighted at Echo Lake

Downy-headed fledglings on July 6 at Echo Lake. (c) Barbara Deihl.

3 in a row - fledglings in evening on a deadtop fir. July 22 Echo Lake. (c) Barbara Deihl.

Pinecone look-alike fledgling on July 27 Echo Lake, (c) Barbara Deihl.


Janet Way August 29, 2010 at 5:05 PM  

Fantastic photos Barbara! Outstanding birding and cool article.
It's so cool that the Merlins have found habitat in Shoreline and North Seattle. Hooray for big trees.


Barb Deihl,  August 29, 2010 at 11:38 PM  

Yes, somehow replacement saplings won't provide the sort of habitat Merlins require for their high lifestyle (100'-plus) - guess it will be good to save a few large conifers from the chainsaw... :-)

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