Merlin
Falco columbarius
(L 10" WS 24" Wt 6.5 lb)
Small, compact, fierce, agressive fal-
con ...use surprise attacks to bring
down small songbirds and shorebirds.
Sheepshead Sanctuary
South Padre Island
15Apr2014
Have largely recovered from population
declines thanks to a ban on DDT.
Perched high above
This forest
Does Merlin ponder
The nature of
Humanity
Or celebrate
The joy of being
In every moment
Wild?
(Merlin Falcon Foundation)