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Dan Reiff
23. by Dan Reiff on March 22, 2011 at 03:15 am

Although uncommon, Merlin will sometimes do short duration, low elevation, repeated stoops of shore birds. I have HD video showing this behavior.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

David Fix
45. by David Fix on July 03, 2011 at 03:03 pm

Newer birders tend to be startled by most of their early Merlins as they fly past; long-time observers see many more "teed up" in the middle distance in treetops, snags, on prominently jutting dead limbs, on fenceposts out in pastures, on breakwater boulders--or, more and more commonly, atop the tallest tree for six city blocks around. A good rule to follow in the colder months is to finish your birding anywhere in semi-open country by scanning all the likely-looking hawk perches within easy glassing. Pretend you're responsible for seeing all the raptors within that field of view. To spot a Merlin, imagine thinking like one.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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Grant Canterbury added Merlin to their Anderson Road & Swale smart list 12/04/2011 at 3:01PM
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