Thursday, June 28, 2012

Merlins in Northampton

A couple of days ago, while at work, I came across at least three Merlins near the Clarke School off  Elm Street in Northampton.  There appeared to be two adults and at least one young.  They were in the area that they were suspected of nesting this year.  This was one of two pairs that likely nested in the Northampton/Florence area this season.  This makes at least a few years that nesting has or was suspected of occuring in the local area.  This is only one of a handful of records of nesting Merlins in the state ever.  I'll elaborate on the nesting of Merlins in Massachusetts in a future post.  Sorry no photos of these birds.

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