Merlin Falcon Call
Merlin - "Ariel"
Ariel was found in April of 2001 on the ground in Santa Clara with a dislocated wing. After several months it was determined that Ariel's wing would not heal as well as she needed for her to be able to hunt successfully. In March of 2002 Ariel joined W.E.R.C.'s educational program.
Merlin Fast Facts:
The so-called "Pigeon Hawk" is most abundant during the migrations of smaller birds, on which it feeds.
Height: 10-13" Wingspan: 23-26" Weight: 6.5 oz (190 gms)
Voice: A high, loud cackle. A klee-klee-klee sound.
Habitat: Coniferous forests during most of the year and more widespread in winter.
Nesting: Old tree nests of crows, magpies & hawks, re-lined with bark & feathers. Monogamous. 2-7 white eggs, 1 brood per year. Young fed by both parents.
Diet: Birds, which the Merlin stuns and catches in mid-air (doesn't dive or hover). Also eats flying insects.
Lifespan in the wild: 12 years
Range: Migratory. During the breeding season the Merlin can be found from Alaska east through Newfoundland and south to Wyoming, Montana, and northeastern Maine. In the west they winter along the West Coast of the United States from California to British Columbia.