Thursday, March 8, 2012

Merlin and more raptors coming back

I mentioned in this post on the Stratford Point controlled burn that the Bald Eagle that flew over may have been a returning migrant as it moved in the correct direction and we do not often see them fly over in such a manner. Last week I also had this Merlin show up at Stratford Point, and having not had one for over two months, I presume this bird was also on the move back north.

It sat in the White-tailed Kite's old tree doing absolutely nothing else, likely tired from a journey back to New England and resting up for another one to who knows where. It was not there in the morning, only the mid-afternoon, and may well have flown in. We often see such birds at Stratford Point, and in the past I have observed them coming up the coastline and landing here, or even out from the middle of Long Island Sound. Last year I recall an American Kestrel zooming in from out over the water and landing on one of our telephone poles.

It is a very good time to see some of these falcons and others returning to known areas or passing by migrant traps. Get your kestrel boxes up now!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician
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