On September 15, we saw a Merlin at Beechwood / Don Valley but, as I did not have a long lens on my camera, I was unable to photograph it. This morning probably the same Merlin was in the same tree and I was prepared!
Merlins often hunt by perching near an open field or lake and waiting for a small bird to pass by. They also catch flying insects and bats.
Merlins and Robins are the same length.
I received this photo from Heather Pantrey and think that it would be a good mystery bird. I will identify it at the end of the post.
Species list: merlin, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, eastern phoebe, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, American robin, gray catbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow. (13 species)
Don Valley views:
a Cape May Warbler in fall plumage.
The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)
ng sparrow. (12 species)