The third species of falcon is just a bit larger than a kestrel and is a migratory and winter species in the state. It's a Merlin! Last Friday Tom, from the Peabody's West Campus Education Center, was lucky enough to have this falcon land long enough to grab this snapshot. Merlins specialize on small birds and rodents but won't pass up an opportunity to eat a dragonfly snack either. Keep your eyes open because at this time of year we might have any one of the three falcons on campus.
|MERLIN: picture taken by Tom P. 17 Oct 2014|